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TCU Values and Ventures® Competition for TCU undergraduate students of all majors

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Smith Hall, Room 104A

Teams have 8 minutes to present a plan for a business, product or service that makes a profit while also making a social, environmental, health care or community impact. Judges have 10 minutes for questions. Pitches should answer these questions:

  • What is the business, product or service?
  • Why/how does it create value?
  • How will it be profitable?
  • How will it benefit the community, environment, health care or other social cause?

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All applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on Monday, February 26, 2018. An executive summary must be submitted with your application.  



First Place: $300*

Second Place: $200

Third Place: $100

*Winner represents TCU in the international TCU Richard's Barrentine Values and Ventures® Competition held at TCU April 6-7.


For More Information
Matt Smilor, Director
Values and Ventures® Program
Neeley Entrepreneurship Center


Competition Rules

TCU Undergraduate Students Only

Team Composition
Teams may include two to five members. Each team member must participate in the presentation. Team members may represent any discipline of study and are not limited to the business school.

Venture Guidelines

  • Each plan should be for a new, seed, start-up or early-stage for-profit venture that has a distinct values-driven component.
  • Emphasis should be placed upon the venture’s values-based component.
  • Pitch should indicate how prize winnings will be used to further the venture.
  • The following are NOT eligible: nonprofits, buy-outs, expansions, franchises, real estate syndications, licensing agreements for existing businesses proposing to expand in a different geographical region, spin-outs from existing businesses, consulting projects, illegal activity.

Executive Summary Guidelines

  • Must be one to two pages.
  • Must be submitted with application before competition.

Presentation Guidelines
Pitch presentations will be made at 30-minute intervals with the following time limits strictly enforced:

  • 8 minutes for presentation with visual aids
  • 10 minutes to respond to questions from judges
  • 8 minutes for judges’ evaluations, discussions, breaks