TCU's Values and Ventures Competition 2023
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The 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, CEO’s 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.

Fees and Expenses

We do not charge a fee to participate and we cover lodging and transportation within Fort Worth to and from competition venues.

  • We cover lodging for each team up to three rooms for three days in a Fort Worth hotel.
  • We provide transportation between the hotel and TCU for the entire two-day competition, and to and from the off-campus dinner Friday night.
  • Participants are responsible for air/ground transportation to and from Fort Worth, Texas, and transportation between the airport and hotel.

ELIGIBILITYUndergraduate Students Only

This competition is limited to undergraduate college students only, as defined below.

  • Eligible U.S. Students and International Students: Only currently enrolled undergraduate college students taking classes during the 2022-23 academic school year (August 2022 – May 2023) are eligible. Students who completed their studies and will graduate in December 2022 are also eligible, provided they have not started graduate school or are taking graduate-level courses at the time of the competition.
  • Ineligible Students: Undergraduate students who completed courses and graduated prior to December 2022, are enrolled in a graduate program, or are taking graduate courses are ineligible to compete. They may be listed on the team, provided there are at least two undergraduate students also on the team. Graduate and graduated students on the teams may attend the competition, but will not be permitted to pitch, present or take part in any Q&A.
  • Ventures that have participated and won money in previous Values and Ventures Competitions are not eligible.
  • TCU’s Values and Ventures events, activities, and presentations are open to the public. TCU cannot assume any responsibilities or provide any guarantees with respect to confidentiality of contestant team proprietary information. And while the judges will be expected to exercise discretion and respect with respect to proprietary information, they cannot guarantee non-disclosure. All participants must acknowledge the public nature of the competition and assume all risk associated with any disclosure during the competition.
  •  All submissions must be the original work of the students. Proposals and plans that constitute “academic dishonesty” will be disqualified even if discovered after the competition ends. 
  • Teams will be disqualified and all prizes revoked if the recipients are found to have violated any of the competition’s rules, regulations and guidelines.

Team Composition and Participation

  • A university may have as many applications/ventures as they would like, but a maximum of only 1 team/plan per university will be selected for the competition.
  • Teams are to be comprised of a minimum of 2 undergraduate members but may have more.
  • At least 2 undergraduate team members must participate in the presentation. More may do so.
  • Team members may represent any discipline of study and are not limited to the business school.
  • Teams must have a faculty/staff sponsor who will authenticate that the business plan was prepared under faculty supervision or as part of regular university coursework. ** Faculty/Staff sponsor is not required to travel with the team, but is encouraged to do so.

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.

Examples:

  • 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 
  • For more information on common components and approaches of values-centered ventures, click here.
  • See past winners here.

About the Competition

  • Round 1:          All determined eligible teams-Compete Virtually
  • Round 2:          Top 42 teams invited compete on TCU's Campus
  • Investor Challenge: Top 42 Universities teams will take part-Virtually
  • Lightning Rd:   6 teams—top 2 moving to finals (2nd place in each flight) on TCU's Campus
  • Round 3:          Final 8 ventures pitch on TCU's Campus

Pitch presentations will be made at 30-minute intervals with the following time limits strictly enforced:

  • 10 minutes for presentation with visual aids
  • 10 minutes to respond to questions and answers from judges
  • 8 minutes for judges’ evaluations, discussions, breaks

Pre-Competition (Thursday March 23, 2023)

  • Top 42 Teams arrive in Fort Worth and check in Hotel
  • Evening Welcome Recepition

Day One (March 24, 2023)

  • Concurrent Presentations: All teams grouped by flight. Top team from each flight advances.
  • Lightning Round: Second-place teams from each flight compete consecutively. Top two advance.
  • Finalists Announced: Dinner off campus and announcement of finalists.

Day Two (March 25, 2023)

  • Finalist Presentations: Consecutive presentations by all finalists.
  • Bolin Innovation Forum: Transformational thought leaders share their innovative insights.
  • Awards Ceremony on the TCU campus.

How to Apply

  1. Read and follow all rules. Click here to download the rules document.
  2. Ready to apply? Submit Application and executive summary of venture concept and 90 second video pitch by 11:59p.m. CST, February 1, 2023.
  3. Universities may submit more than one application, but only one team/plan per university is allowed for the competition.
  4. All venture concepts must meet eligibility criteria and abide by the Values and Ventures® Competition rules.
  5. Not all who apply will be invited to participate. Participants will be selected based on the strength of the application, executive summary of the venture concept, short answer questions and 90 second pitch video. 
  6. Universities selected to compete on TCU's Campus will be notified by February 16, 2023.
  7. Selected universities must submit complete business plans (one per university) formatted according to the Values and Ventures® Competition Rules by 5:00 p.m. CST,  March 16, 2023 to VandV@tcu.edu.

Rules

All participants must abide by the official rules. Click here to download the rules document.