Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation News

UTRF Launches Business Plan Competition for Academic-Affiliated Startups

The UT Research Foundation has announced the formation of a new business plan competition called Tennessee Venture Challenge. TVC is open to start-up companies engaged in commercializing intellectual property created at UT. Finalists will have a chance to win a share of the $25,000 in cash. The competition begins in April of next year.

Vote now: Facebook Users to Pick Winner of 2012 Vol Court Contest

For the first time, Facebook users will select the winner of UT’s Vol Court, a contest between aspiring entrepreneurs for cash prizes to launch their business. Voting is now under way and closes at 11:00 p.m. on November 13. The two final businesses in the competition are Credit Virgin, an online platform that helps students build good credit scores, and Find Food, a mobile application to help shoppers locate food items in a grocery store.

UT Experts Share Advice at Entrepreneurial Imperative 2010 Conference

Do you have a great idea but need guidance transforming that idea into a business? Several experts within the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, are teaming up with other local leaders to put on the Entrepreneurial Imperative 2010, a two-day conference on Oct. 26-27 that will feature workshops covering every aspect of how to start and run a business in East Tennessee.

Aspiring Entrepreneurs Get Help, Win Prizes at UT’s “Vol Court”

Do you have a seed of an idea but need help getting it to grow? UT Knoxville is once again providing students, faculty and friends the opportunity to learn from entrepreneurs and business experts from across the state on how to start a business and win a prize to kickstart its growth. “Vol Court” is a series of one-hour workshops focusing on how to start a business.

Aspiring Entrepreneurs Face-off in Final “Vol Court” Session

Eight teams of budding entrepreneurs will square-off in the last session of “Vol Court” at 5:15 p.m., Tuesday, April 13 at the Stokely Management Center, seventh floor. The team with the best business ideas will receive a prize package worth more than $20,000. Vol Court is a series of nine free how-to seminars led by entrepreneurs and business experts from across the state.

Wanted: UT Students to Compete in Global Innovation Tournament

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UT Knoxville is encouraging students from all majors to form teams to compete in the Global Innovation Tournament. The competition, started at Stanford University four years ago, is now an official activity of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 16-22. This unique competition will pit teams from around the globe against each other, working on a solution for a common world problem and conveying their results in a short video posted to YouTube.