Fall “Vol Court” kicks-off today at UT

Vol Court 2The twice-a-year “Vol Court Speaker Series” kicks-off today (September 23) with the first of five sessions leading-up to the final “Pitch Competition” October 28.

The kick-off session and the follow-on weekly workshops run from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. every Tuesday in Room G2 of the Stokely Management Center on the University of Tennessee’s (UT) Knoxville campus.

The Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, housed in the College of Business Administration, is hosting the program. “Vol Court” offers students, UT employees and the community the opportunity to learn from entrepreneurs and business experts about the essentials of getting a company off the ground.

Workshop presenters are from various organizations throughout Tennessee, and all have experience with entrepreneurial companies.

For tomorrow’s kick-off session, the theme is “What’s it like to be an entrepreneur” coupled with the idea validation concept. Joy Fisher, President and Chief Executive Officer of local start-up Clodico, will lead the discussion. Prior to Clodico, she led the “Vol Court” program for the Anderson Center.

Topics for the follow-on sessions include actually creating a business and the importance of the business model, financing/funding, legal structure, and the elements of the “pitch.”

“Vol Court” is sponsored by the UT Federal Credit Union, UT Research Foundation, Morehous Legal Group, Launch TN, and Pershing Yoakley & Associates.

To learn more about the presenters, sponsors and each session, visit or contact Tom Graves at 865/974-6131 or


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