Southern Culture & Technology Merge June 12 – 13

Southland, a conference that brings together entrepreneurs, investors, thought leaders and inovators, has the goal of connecting the Southeast’s best early-stage companies with investors from across the country.  Positioned between CMA Fest and Bonnaroo, attendees will be able to meet a wide range of people from across the region and country who are building businesses using technology that impacts our day to day lives. Startups and early-stage companies have the opportunity to network with investors as well as hear a series of keynote speeches, panel discussions, and pitch competitions that can help shape their businesses.  Learn more here.



Bicycle hardware has constantly evolved since the bicycle was invented, but biking apparel, especially for racers, has not.  Jordan Humble is trying to change that.  Read more here.

Humble, Adams are the Spring 2013 Vol Court Winners

Jordan Humble, a senior in Global Politics and Economics was chosen first place winner of the Spring 2013 Vol Court business idea pitch competition on Tuesday night.  Humble is founder of Privateer, a company that creates unique and functional apparel for cycling enthusiasts.  Second place went to Alex Adams, a junior in mechanical engineering, who is manufacturing hammocks with a unique rope system.  Learn more here.

Spring Vol Court Starts Tues. Feb. 5

The Vol Court spring 2013 program, a series of workshops and a competition to help start new businesses, starts Feb. 5 and will run through March 12. The workshops will be held at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesdays in Room 102 of the James A. Haslam Business Building.

The UT Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is hosting the program. Vol Court will offer students, UT employees and the community the opportunity to learn from entrepreneurs and business experts about the essentials of getting a company off the ground.  Workshop presenters are from various organizations throughout Tennessee, and all have experience with entrepreneurial companies.

The March 12 session will include a pitch competition in which the top presenting individual or team will win $1,000 and the second-place team will win $500, along with space in the UTRF Technology Business Center and legal services from Morehous Legal Group. The top team will also receive consulting services from Pershing Yoakley & Associates and a free ad in Tennessee Alumnus.  Students attending Vol Court will have the opportunity to better prepare themselves for the upcoming campus-wide Undergraduate Business Plan Competition.

Session topics are:

  • Feb. 5: How to Develop a Business Model
  • Feb. 12: Marketing to Your Customers
  • Feb. 19: Determining Your Legal Structure
  • Feb. 26: How to Choose and Set up the Business Structure
  • March 5: Understanding Financial Statements
  • March 12: Pitch Competition

Vol Court is sponsored by the UT Federal Credit Union, the UT Research Foundation, Morehous Legal Group, Tennessee Alumnus magazine and Pershing Yoakley and Associates.

 To learn more about the presenters, sponsors and each session, visit