Congratulations to Jordan Humble, who took first place in the Spring 2013 Vol Court Competition! Jordan’s company, Privateer, creates unique and custom cycling apparel that improves functionality for the cycling enthusiast. Privateer received $1,000 in cash, one year of space at the UTRF business incubator, legal services from Morehous Legal Group, business consulting from Pershing Yoakley & Associates, and a free ad in an upcoming issue of Tennessee Alumnus magazine.
Second prize went to Alex Adams who is founder of Xada, a company that builds and markets hammocks with a unique rope system to college students, campers, backpackers, and sports fans. Alex won $500, space in the UTRF business incubator, and legal services from Morehous Legal Group.
Vol Court is a seminar series and pitch competition held each spring and fall, and is open to students, faculty, staff, and the general public. There are seven weekly sessions, and the final session is a competition where participants pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges for cash and prizes.
The series reflects the latest ideas in entrepreneurial training, and features several entrepreneurs that talk about both the things they did right and the challenges they faced. The spring series features in-depth, hands-on workshops focused on the mechanics of starting a business.
The spring series dates will be announced in early spring 2014. Click here for a syllabus and click here for the business model canvas (the canvas is the basis for the competition — we will go over this the first night). As we get closer to starting the series, more information on the sessions will be found at: www.facebook.com/AndersonCEI
View videos and documents of past sessions here: Vol Court Archive & Video Resources
Interested in sponsoring either cash prizes or services? Contact Tom Graves, firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-974-6131