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February 09, 2014 | Tom Ballard

Spring “Vol Court” kicks-off tomorrow

The twice-a-year “Vol Court” series kicks-off tomorrow (February 11) with the first of five sessions leading-up to the final “Pitch Competition” March 25.

The kick-off session and the follow-on weekly workshops run from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. every Tuesday, except March 18, in Room 103 of the James A. Haslam II Business Building 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.

The March 25 session will include a pitch competition in which the top presenting individual or team will win $1,000; pro bono legal, accounting and mentoring services; and six months of free space in the UT Research Foundation incubator. The second-place team will win $500.

Students attending “Vol Court” will have the opportunity to better prepare themselves for the upcoming campus-wide “Undergraduate Business Plan Competition.”

Session topics are:

  • February 11: Overview of Business Model Canvas
  • February 18: Marketing to Your Customers
  • February 25: Determining the Legal Structure of Your Business
  • March 4: Pitching the Concept
  • March 11: Profit and Loss 101
  • March 18: No session due to Spring Break
  • March 25: Pitch Competition

“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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