TCU’s Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures Competition

The nation’s largest soley undergraduate business plan competition. Universities from around the world are invited to compete and pitch their for-profit ventures that create meaning in hopes of winning part of the $250,000 cash prize pool.


In 2011, the Neeley Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation created the undergraduate-only Values and Ventures® Competition.  The Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures Competition is one of the nation’s premier undergraduate business competitions. The competition boasts distinguished judges and mentors from among seasoned entrepreneurs, investment professionals, CEOs and others.  Throughout the two-day event, students have opportunities to network with other like-minded students, faculty from across the globe, and successful entrepreneurs and business professionals.  This international competition epitomizes the Neeley School’s mission – to develop ethical leaders with a global perspective who help shape the business environment – by encouraging student entrepreneurs to develop for-profit enterprises that impact society in meaningful ways. The participants truly have a head for business and heart for humanity.

Each year, 56 finalist universities are selected and invited to compete for $250,000 in cash as well as other in-kind prizes. To date since 2010, 341 ventures have pitched, 138 have launched and 59 remaining operational and revenue generating. There has been over $1.5M in cash and awards presented and the competition has had over 500 local and national entrepreneurs, executives, business owners and investors act as judges and mentors.  Participating students and faculty tout the entire experience as nothing short of exceptional.

Services Provided

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Research Projects
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education (Specialty)
  • Student Placement
  • Student Training (Specialty)


  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • One-on-One Counseling (Specialty)

Events and Community Building

  • Pitch Events (Specialty)
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