TCU's Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures® Competition

Inspiring doesn't begin to cover it.

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Each spring, we invite students from around the world to pitch ideas for conscious capitalism ventures that make a profit while also solving a problem. Winners take home thousands of dollars to help make their ideas come true.

Recycling plants that employ the homeless. Better access to autism treatment. Human-powered farm machines. Payment kiosks that don’t charge banking fees. These are a few of the business ideas we’ve awarded since 2011.

Bring us your idea. Let’s change the world.  

April 5-6, 2019

2018-19 Important Dates

October 15, 2018 Intent to compete opens
February 27, 2019 Deadline for applications
March 1, 2019 Universities selected and notified
March 26, 2019 Deadline for business plans
April 5, 2019 Round One of the competition, all teams
April 6, 2019 Round Two, nine finalists
Elevator Pitch Competition, all teams


Grand Prize $40,000
Second Place $25,000
Third Place $15,000
Honorable Mentions (6) $2,500 each
Elevator Pitch First $1,250
Elevator Pitch Second $750
Elevator Pitch Third $500
Honorable Mentions (3) $250 each

Plus additional in-kind awards from our sponsors.

Special Awards

All teams are eligible for these special cash awards.

Founders Award $5,000
Ripple Effect Award $2,500
Sly Innovation Award $2,500