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October 21, 2013 | Tom Ballard

Boyd Venture Fund accepting applications from students for seed funding grants

Anderson Center 2-tekno(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following was excerpted from “Tennessee Today,” the online newsletter of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.)

Need a little help getting your student-owned business off the ground?

The Boyd Venture Fund is looking for UT students interested in applying for seed funding grants.

The application deadline for the fall 2013 semester is Friday, November 8.

All UT students, regardless of academic discipline or degree program—whether undergraduate, master’s, or doctoral—are eligible to apply. The grant is administered by UT’s Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which is based in the College of Business Administration.

To apply for the grant, the student owner or owners representing the company should submit an executive summary of the business, a pro forma budget, and a statement detailing how the grant funds would be spent to move the business forward. The information should be sent to with the subject line “The Boyd Venture Fund.”

To qualify for the grant money, the business must be legally established. It must have a federal tax ID, business license, or similar designation. The student owners must be enrolled in a UT degree program at the time of application. However, meeting with the grant evaluation committee after graduation is acceptable.

The Anderson Center will work with any business that receives a grant to connect it with a volunteer mentor, an experienced individual with interest in the type of business being awarded a grant.

Those businesses invited to pitch to the grant award committee will be notified by Tuesday, November 12, with presentations to the committee scheduled for Friday, November 22. For management teams not on campus, pitches may be done by Skype or video conferencing.

Up to $20,000 is available to be awarded. The money may be allocated to one company or among several companies. All available funds may not be awarded in this round. Grant funds will be paid out against confirmed purchase orders or invoices.

The grant award committee will consider viability of a business concept, growth potential, and need for capital. For full details, visit the Anderson Center’s website.

The Boyd Venture Fund is made possible by the generosity of Randy Boyd, president and CEO of Radio Systems Corporation, makers of PetSafe, Invisible Fence, and SportDog brands.

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