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January 29, 2013 | Tom Ballard

Spring Vol Court launches February 5

The spring edition of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s (UTK) Vol Court launches at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, February 5.

For six consecutive Tuesdays, students, faculty and interested community entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to gain useful insights on starting a new business. The series is hosted by UTK’s Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ACEI) and sponsored by the UT Federal Credit Union, UT Research Foundation (UTRF), Morehous Legal Group, and Pershing Yoakley & Associates, P.C. (PYA).

The one-hour weekly sessions provide information about starting a business, help attendees understand the elements of developing a viable business, feature presentations by entrepreneurs who are in the midst of standing-up their companies, and provide a networking opportunity.

The final Vol Court session is March 12 when the entrepreneurs will combine everything they have learned into “pitches” that they will make to a panel of judges. The winner will receive $1,000 in cash, one year of space at the UTRF business incubator, legal services from Morehous, and business consulting from PYA.

All sessions, including the March 12 “Pitch Competition,” will be held in Room 102 of the Haslam Business Building. Topics by date are:

  • February 5 – Overview of the Business Model Canvas (Shawn Carson, Tech 20/20’s Center for Entrepreneurial Growth
  • February 12 –Marketing to Your Customers (Jake Rheude, SummerSett Foods)
  • February 19 – Determining the Legal Structure for Your Business (Lynn Youngs, Anderson Center).
  • February 26 – Pitching the Concept (Shawn Carson)
  • March 5 – P&L 101 (Lynn Youngs).
  • March 12 – “Pitch Competition.”

More information about Vol Court can be obtained by contacting Joy Fisher at 865/974-0520 or emailing her at

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