Vol Court

Vol Court

Welcome to Vol Court 2014 Spring session. We will be meeting on Tuesdays starting February 11 and culminating with the Pitch Competition and awards on March 25th. The sessions will be held on the UTK campus in room 103 Haslam Business Building from 5:15-6:15 and are 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 entrepreneur enablers and pitch your idea for cash prizes and professional services.

Spring 2013 Vol Court Winner Jordan Humble (3rd from left) flanked by sponsors

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.

Alex Adams, 3rd from left

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 six 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.

Click here for Vol Court Spring 2014 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

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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