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. For planning purposes, we ask that you confirm your attendance in advance by registering here.

Vol Court 2014 Speaker Series Schedule:

23-Sep What’s it Like to be an Entrepreneur and Idea Validation

  • Challenges of being an entrepreneur
  • Value Proposition
  • Validation of the Value Proposition
  • Customer Segments and Relationships
  • The Pivot

9/30/14 Setting up the business/Business Model

  • Distribution Channels
  • Core Competences
  • Partners
  • Key Resources
  • Cost Structure
  • Revenue Streams

10/7/14 Funding the Business

  • Stages of Funding and Sources
  • Personal Investment
  • Bank
  • Equity Investors

10/14/14 Determining the Legal Structure of Your Business

  • Different Types of Structure
  • Tax and Liability Implications of Each
  • Process for Setting Up (Federal, State and Local)
  • Resources

10/21/14 Pitching the Business

  • Importance of the Pitch
  • Elements that Should Be Addressed
  • How to Develop It


Materials: Vol Court 2014 Speaker Series Syllabus

The business model canvas will be the basis of the classes and the competition. 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