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January 21, 2021 | Tom Ballard

Spring edition of “Vol Court” begins February 2

Students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) are back in class, so the Spring edition of the “Vol Court Speaker Series and Pitch Competition” cannot be far behind. In fact, the twice-a-year program begins February 2 and will continue for the next four Tuesdays with the March 2 event being the annual pitch competition.

UTK students, faculty, staff, alumni and local community members are welcome to attend. Participants who attend all speaker sessions will be eligible to pitch in week five. Prizes up to $1,500 plus are non-cash packages are awarded to the competition winners. There is no application or cost to attend this series, and participants are not required to pitch in order to attend.

The one-hour sessions will begin at 5:15 p.m. at this link. Topics are:

  • February 2 – “Ideas vs. Opportunities”;
  • February 9 – “Customer Discovery”;
  • February 16 – “Franchising” featuring Shelly Sun, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BrightStar Care and an alumna of UTK; and
  • February 23 – “Preparing to Pitch.”

“Vol Court” is offered by the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Haslam College of Business. The Scott and Dianna Roe Foundation provide the cash prize. In-kind partners include the UT Research FoundationPYA, the power behind; Morehous Legal GroupThree Roots Capital; and Innovative Design Inc.


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