Vol Court

Vol Court

The Vol Court 2014 Speaker Series kicks off on September 23. Vol Court is a five-week entrepreneurial speaker series that culminates in a pitch competition where attendees put what they’ve learned into practice by presenting their business ideas to a panel of successful entrepreneurs for a chance to win $1,000 in cash, office space in the UTRF Business Incubator and various professional services.

Vol Court meets every Tuesday beginning September 23 from 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. in Stokely Management Center, room G2. This series (including the pitch competition) is open to students, faculty, staff and members of the community. Vol Court is a terrific way to explore key aspects of starting a business, network with other like-minded individuals and pitch your idea for cash prizes and professional services.

There is no cost to attend this series, and refreshments will be served.

Deadline to register for the Vol Court Pitch Competition: Tuesday, Oct. 21

To register for the competition, email khood3@utk.edu (or deliver in person) your team’s business model canvas. In addition, submit the title of your business idea, the names of all team members, your academic year and your field of study.

Vol Court 2014 Speaker Series Schedule:

9/23/14 The Business Model Canvas and Lean Startup – Part 1

  • Overview of Vol Court and business model canvas worksheet
  • Value proposition
  • Validation of the value proposition
  • The pivot

9/30/14 The Business Model Canvas – Part 2

  • Revenue streams
  • Partners
  • Key activities
  • Resources needed
  • Cost structure

10/7/14 Entity Selection and Issues

  • Entity selection considerations
  • Legal issues with entity formation
  • Tax issues with entity formation

10/14/14 Finding Investors at the Right Time

  • Different types of money for different stages of the company
  • Investor expectations
  • Importance of management team
  • Resources

10/21/14 Pitching the Business

  • Important elements
  • Visual/verbal guidelines


Materials: Vol Court 2014 Speaker Series Syllabus

The business model canvas will be the basis of the classes and the competition. Once the series begins, updates can be found at:  www.facebook.com/AndersonCEI

View videos and documents of past sessions here: Vol Court Archive & Video Resources

Many thanks to UT Federal Credit Union, UT Research Foundation, Pershing Yoakley and Associates, Morehous Legal Group, and Launch TN for sponsoring Vol Court!

Interested in sponsoring either cash prizes or services?  Contact Tom Graves, tgrave10@utk.edu or 865-974-6131


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