Our Mission

The mission of the TCU Neeley Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is to empower students, entrepreneurs and the DFW community.


We encourage cross-campus applied learning by providing all TCU students with the opportunities, resources, education and networks that enable them to explore, create and realize their entrepreneurial dreams.


We conduct cutting-edge entrepreneurial research to improve the success of established entrepreneurs.

Community Partnerships

We advance the local and national entrepreneurial ecosystem through strategic partnerships with entrepreneurial organizations, incubators, Chamber of Commerce and city government.


Top 25 Undergraduate Schools for Entrepreneurship in the U.S. 2012-2017
Entrepreneur/Princeton Review

National Model Entrepreneurship Program
U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Innovative Achievement Award, TCU's Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures® Competition
Southwestern Business Deans Association

Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education, Rodney D’Souza
Freedoms Foundation

Fulbright Hall Chair in Entrepreneurship and Emerging Markets, Garry Bruton
Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

Distinguished Educator Award, Michael Hitt
Academy of Management

High-End Foreign Expert in China, Garry Bruton
Jilin University, China

National Federation of Independent Research Award, Keith Hmieleski
Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference

Entrepreneurship Master Teacher, Brad Hancock
Acton Foundation for Entrepreneurial Excellence

John E. Hughes Award for Entrepreneurial Advocacy, Ray Smilor (retired)
U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship