Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation News

Undergraduate Business Plan Contest Honors Six Student Companies

From left, winners Ayron Hall, Zach Lee, Christopher Saah, and Andrea Hayes with Tom Graves, director of operations for the Anderson Center.

Six student-owned businesses won the seventh annual Undergraduate Business Plan Competition this spring. They were chosen from among thirty-one business plans that competed for $20,000 in donated prize money in a contest sponsored by the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, housed in the College of Business Administration.

Reger Appointed Research Director for Anderson Center

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Rhonda Reger, a professor of strategic management and entrepreneurship has been appointed director of research for the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She will be responsible for fostering and generating external funding to support entrepreneurship research.

Boyd Venture Fund Seeking Applications from Student-Owned Companies for Spring 2014 Grants

For the seventh consecutive semester, the Boyd Venture Fund is soliciting applications from student-owned companies interested in securing a grant to help grow their businesses. The deadline for application submissions is Monday, March 24. The UT Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation administers the fund. All UT students, regardless of academic discipline or degree program (doctoral, master’s, or undergraduate) are eligible to apply.

Seventh Annual Undergraduate Business Plan Competition Underway

Got the next big idea? Think you might have an entrepreneurial streak? Like challenges and the chance to make an impact? If so, the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation invites you to enter the seventh annual Business Plan Competition. The submission deadline is February 24. All undergraduate students on the Knoxville campus—from any college and from any discipline—are eligible.

Student Businesses Awarded Boyd Venture Grants

Three entrepreneurial ventures owned by UT students were granted a total of $17,000 by the Boyd Venture Fund. Since the Boyd Venture Fund’s inception in 2011, fourteen student-owned companies have been awarded a total of $104,500 to advance their businesses.

Spring Vol Court Entrepreneurial Workshops Kick Off February 11

A series of workshops that provide faculty, students, and community members with tools to start and grow their own businesses kicks off February 11. The Vol Court spring 2014 program will run through March 25. Workshops will be held from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. on Tuesdays in Room 103 of the James A. Haslam II Business Building.

Fall 2013 Vol Court Kicks Off October 1

Got a business idea but don’t know how to turn it into reality? Students, staff and faculty, and community members are invited to attend the fall 2013 Vol Court, which kicks off Tuesday, October 1. The program, which runs through November 5, provides budding entrepreneurs the tools to start and grow their businesses. The final session will be a pitch competition where top presenters or teams will win cash prizes and valuable free business services.

Aspiring High School Entrepreneurs to Attend UT Entrepreneurship Camp

Nine high school students from East Tennessee, South Carolina, and Georgia will arrive on campus Sunday to begin an intense week of entrepreneurial skill building at the second annual UT Empowered Teen Entrepreneurship Residential Camp. All attendees were self-nominated because of their interest in becoming value-creating entrepreneurs. During the week-long camp, students will identify and evaluate a potential business opportunity, determine and validate a target market, and develop a business plan.

Student Entrepreneurs Awarded Spring 2013 Boyd Venture Grants

Three entrepreneurial ventures owned by UT students have been granted a total of $25,000 by the Boyd Venture Fund. The funds will be used to grow the student-run businesses. A fourth student venture has been offered space in the UT Research Foundation Business Incubator. The in-kind offer is worth $3,000.