University of Tennessee students, faculty, staff and members of the local community will once again have the opportunity to pitch their business ideas in the Vol Court Pitch Competition for a chance to win $1,500, space in the UTRF Business Incubator and legal and accounting services.
Vol Court is a six-week entrepreneurial speaker series that culminates in a pitch competition where attendees put what they’ve learned into practice.
This semester Vol Court will offer a third place prize and larger cash awards than ever before thanks to increased sponsorship.
“The increased sponsorship is coming at a great time as we expect record attendance at Vol Court thanks to the new entrepreneurship minor being offered across campus,” said Lynn Youngs, Executive Director of the Anderson Center. “We’re very grateful for all of sponsors, the newest of which is Cirruspath, joining with significant support that’s allowed us to expand our program.”
Vol Court meets every Tues. beginning Sept. 15 from 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. in 104 Haslam Business Building. The series and the pitch competition are open to the public. There is no charge to participate in this event, and anyone interested in starting a company is encouraged to attend.
The schedule for this semester’s Vol Court series is as follows:
- Sep. 15 – Business Model Canvas
- Sep. 22 – Legal Structure for Your Business
- Sep. 29 – An Entrepreneur’s Journey
- Oct. 6 – Unconventional Funding Sources
- Oct. 13 – Pitching the Concept
- Oct. 20 – Pitch Competition
Vol Court is a semi-annual event hosted by the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Vol Court was originally launched in 2010 and is made possible by donated funds and services from our sponsors: Cirruspath, Launch Tennessee, Pershing Yoakley and Associates, Morehous Legal Group, and the UT Research Foundation.
For more information, visit www.andersoncei.utk.edu.