Aspiring Entrepreneurs Get Help, Win Cash Prizes at UT Vol Court

KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will again provide faculty, students and community members with tools to start and grow their own businesses through the fall Vol Court program, which begins Sept. 25.

Vol Court is a series of one-hour workshops which will run through Nov. 6. The final session will be a pitch competition where top presenters or teams will win cash prizes and valuable free business services.

The seven-part series will be held at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesdays in Room 201 of the James A. Haslam II Business Building. The Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, housed in the College of Business Administration, is hosting the sessions.

Vol Court will offer participants the opportunity to learn from entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and business experts. The agenda has been revamped to use the latest in entrepreneurial education emerging from Silicon Valley.

During the final pitch session, the top presenting individual or team will win $1,000 and the second-place team will win $500. Students attending Vol Court will have the opportunity to better prepare themselves for the upcoming campuswide Undergraduate Business Plan Competition.

Session topics are:

  • Sept. 25: Customer Discovery and Validation Model; Entrepreneur Speaker Panel 
  • Oct. 2: The Business Model Hypothesis, Part 1: Business Model Canvas
  • Oct. 9: The Business Model Hypothesis, Part 2: Making Money; Resource Assessment
  • Oct.16: Testing Your Hypothesis With Customers 
  • Oct. 23: Finding Investors at the Right Time
  • Oct. 30: Preparing the Pitch
  • Nov. 6: Pitch Competition

Vol Court is sponsored by the UT Federal Credit Union, the UT Research Foundation and Pershing Yoakley and Associates.

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