Deadline: March 3, 2020 00:00 CET| Apply here
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Dates: April 24-25, 2020
Eligibility: U.S. Students: Only currently enrolled undergraduate college students or students who graduated in summer/fall 2019 are eligible.
International Students: Only currently enrolled undergraduate college students are eligible. Since some international students earn a bachelor’s degree in three years, those students may participate within their fourth year of university only.

TCU’s Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures Competition 2020

Each spring, students from around the world are invited 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. Real-time organ donor communication. These are a few of the business ideas that had been awarded over the past 10 years.


* $100,000 Grand Prize = $50,000 cash at competition + $50,000 cash at 2021 competition upon completion of milestones.

  • Grand Prize $100,000*
  • Second Place $40,000
  • Third Place $20,000
  • Honorable Mentions (6) $5,000 each
  • Elevator Pitch First $2,000
  • Elevator Pitch Second $1,500
  • Elevator Pitch Third $1,000
  • Honorable Mentions (3) $500 each
  • Plus additional in-kind awards from the sponsors

Special Awards

All teams are eligible for these special cash awards:

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

Criteria for a Values-Centered Venture

A values-centred venture contributes to the well-being of specific internal or external stakeholders through products, services and/or profits.

Ventures submitted for the Values and Ventures® competition must be for-profit, values-centred enterprises. Nonprofit ventures are not allowed.

Plans must demonstrate a societal or environmental need to be filled, as well as the profitability of the business.


  • For-profit businesses that also support the social or economic goals of customers, communities, employees, suppliers and/or the environment
  • Contributions to sustainability
  • Innovations in health, life or energy
  • Opportunities for underrepresented groups in business

Interested in applying for the TCU’s Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures Competition 2020? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.

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