Neeley Invites Students from 28 Universities to Compete with Ideas to Change the World

If you want to get inspired about the future, come see the passion that students have for making money with a new venture that also creates meaning.

Come to the 2013 Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures™ Business Plan Competition, Friday and Saturday, April 19-20, in the Brown-Lupton University Union on the TCU campus, and prepare to be impressed.

“This unique competition encourages students to start businesses that they really care about, but not traditional non-profits,” Dean Erekson said, “We want students to show us for-profit enterprises that provide a social benefit as sustainable ventures. Another reason the competition is unique is that it is exclusive to undergraduate, not graduate, students, with the intention to help them fund and launch their companies.”

V and V winnersStudent teams from 28 universities (see list, below) submitted their plans to the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center on April 9. The plans will be disseminated to the judges prior to in-person presentations during the competition.

Values and Ventures Director Ann McDonald said that more than 40 business leaders will serve as judges and mentors, including business owners, CEOs, financiers, bankers and attorneys, to provide a solid base of knowledge about the viability of startup businesses. (Names of judges will not be disclosed until after the competition.)

All teams will compete on Friday, April 19, 8:30am-1:30pm, in five flights in front of panels of different judges. The top teams from each flight will advance to the final competition on Saturday, along with the top team chosen from among the five second-place teams, determined by a lightning round 2:30-5:30pm on Friday. Saturday, those top six teams will compete in front of a different panel of judges to determine the top six winners.

Prizes are $15,000 for first place, $10,000 second place, $5,000 third place, $1,000 each for third, fourth and fifth places and honorable mention. In addition, the team out of the original 28 with the most innovative energy-related concept will receive a $5,000 Energy Award, and the team that displays bold thinking and breakthrough ideas will receive a $5,000 Founders Award, named after Nancy T. Richards and Lisa Barrentine, Dallas-based real estate entrepreneurs who co-founded the competition with the Neeley School in 2010.

Universities participating in the 2013 Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures™ Business Plan Competition are:

  • Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C
  • Baylor University, Waco, Texas
  • Chapman University, Orange, Calif.
  • Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Va.
  • George Washington University, Washington D.C.
  • Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • J.J. Strossmayer University Osijek, Osijek, Croatia
  • Monterrey Institute of Technology, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla.
  • Regis University, Denver, Colo.
  • Royal Roads University, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • Samford University, Birmingham, Ala.
  • Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
  • St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas
  • Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas
  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark.
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.
  • University of Houston, Houston, Texas
  • University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
  • University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
  • University of Tampa, Tampa, Fla.
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, Wis.
  • Villanova University, Villanova, Pa.
  • Wake Forest, Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Walsh University, North Canton, Ohio