Vol Court

Posted By acutk On January 3, 2012 @ 3:29 pm In | 2 Comments

The Vol Court 2014 Speaker Series will kick 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 idea to a panel of successful entrepreneurs.

Vol Court meets every Tuesday beginning September 23 from 5:15 – 6:15 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.

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


Check back soon for the Vol Court 2014 Speaker Series Syllabus and click here for the business model canvas [1] which will be the basis of the classes and competition.  As we get closer to starting the series, more information on the sessions will be found at:  www.facebook.com/AndersonCEI [2]

View videos and documents of past sessions here: Vol Court Archive & Video Resources [3]

Many thanks to UT Federal Credit Union [4], UT Research Foundation [5], Pershing Yoakley and Associates,  [6]Morehous Legal Group, and Launch TN for sponsoring Vol Court!

Interested in sponsoring either cash prizes or services?  Contact Tom Graves, tgrave10@utk.edu [7] or 865-974-6131


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[1] click here for the business model canvas: http://www.andersoncei.utk.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Business-Model-Canvas.pptx

[2] www.facebook.com/AndersonCEI: http://www.andersoncei.utk.edufacebook.com/AndersonCEI

[3] Vol Court Archive & Video Resources: http://www.andersoncei.utk.edu/competitions/vol-court/vol-court-archive-2/

[4] UT Federal Credit Union: http://www.utfcu.org

[5] UT Research Foundation: http://utrf.tennessee.edu

[6] Pershing Yoakley and Associates, : http://www.pyapc.com

[7] tgrave10@utk.edu: mailto:tgrave10@utk.edu

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