The curtain came down Wednesday evening for the fall edition of the twice-a-year “Vol Court Speaker Series and Pitch Competition” with three of the nine presenters capturing some monetary support to advance their ideas.
Hosted by the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the competition featured student entrepreneurs who had attended four evening sessions that prepared them for the finale.
Jen Durant captured $1,500 – the top award – for FarmCare which combines daycare services, something the mother of two understands very well, with farming activities that provide the young people and their caregivers the opportunity to do something meaningful.
Second place and $1,000 went to Sonder Parking, a concept that would utilize technology to help students find available parking and avoid missing classes. It was pitched by Cameron Manor along with colleague Lindsey Hickok-Pery. Third place and $500 went to Alex Weber for D3D VR Studios which combines virtual reality and video technology to capture and preserve memorable events.
Other participants included: (1) Tihomir Nikolic who pitched BusiCard; (2) Wesley Pitts who presented Lawn Boss Auto Mowing; (3) Matthew Conner who pitched Exit-40 Productions; (4) Max Thompson who presented 2NY Apparel; (5) Jenz Bunnell who pitched WORTH; and (6) Ian Parten whose idea was Mondays Breakfast.