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Boyd Venture Challenge Awards $35,000 to Student Startups

The fall 2016 Boyd Venture Challenge awarded a total of $35,000 to four UT startup companies to advance their businesses. Prometheus, SimPath, GeoAir, and In With the Old were selected from a group of 15 applicants.

Vol Court Pitch Competition Adds New Topics, Kicks off February 17

The Vol Court Pitch Competition encourages students, faculty, staff, and community members to pitch their business ideas for a chance to win $1,500, space in the UT Research Foundation Business Incubator, and free legal and accounting services.

TechSmarrt Wins Fall 2015 Vol Court Pitch Competition

TechSmarrt, a team of UT students, beat twelve competitors to win the fall 2015 Vol Court Pitch Competition last week. The student team pitched software they developed for use in industrial and pharmaceutical applications.

Grad Converts Bread Truck into Mobile Fashion Company

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It all started in a closet. What was once just an idea for Brandi King, a 2015 Haslam College of Business graduate, is now a reality. Her company, Rentique, officially opens its doors this week. Rentique is a mobile fashion truck that rents high-end dresses and apparel for special occasions. The truck features a changing room, sitting area, and a variety of clothing styles.

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.