Deadline: February 1, 2022 00:00 CET
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Eligibility: Only currently enrolled undergraduate college students taking classes during the 2021-22 academic school year (August 2021 – May 2022) are eligible. Students who completed their studies and will graduate in December 2021 are also eligible, provided they have not started graduate school or are taking graduate-level courses at the time of the competition. Teams are to be composed of a minimum of 2 members but may have more. Team members may represent any discipline of study and are not limited to the business school.

Values and Ventures Competition 2022

Values and Ventures Competition invites undergraduate students from around the world to pitch ideas for conscious capitalism ventures that make a profit while also solving a problem.

Recycling plants that employ the homeless. Better access to autism treatment. Human-powered farm machines. Real-time organ donor communication.

Winners take home thousands of dollars to help make their ideas come true.

Values and Ventures is presented by the TCU Neeley Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and made possible by generous support from the Richards Barrentine Donor Advised Fund of the Texas Women’s Foundation.

The competition rewards both innovators and investors

Innovators (undergrads from around the world) can pitch their business plans and act as investors in the other teams in the Investor Challenge, choosing who they think will advance in the competition. There are also more chances to win. Each of the 42 finalists has a chance to win at least $1,000 in the challenge.

Criteria for a Values-centered Venture

  • A values-centered 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-centered 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.
  • Plans that are not in keeping with the values of TCU or otherwise deemed unethical or objectionable will not be considered.

Examples of Values-centered Ventures:

  • 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 Values and Ventures Competition 2022? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.

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