UT Research Foundation News

QuickSod Wins $30,000 in the Tennessee Venture Challenge

Pictured from left to right: David Millhorn, UT Executive Vice President and UTRF President; Richard Magid, UTRF Vice President at the UT Health Science Center; John Sorochan; Ryan Kemp; and Stacey Patterson, Vice President of the UTRF Multi-Disciplinary Office and UT Assistant Vice President and Director of Research Partnerships.

QuickSod swept the first-ever Tennessee Venture Challenge, claiming both the $25,000 overall prize and the $5,000 Crowd Favorite Award at the TVC Pitch Competition held by the UT Research Foundation on Thursday, April 3, at the Foundry in Knoxville. TVC is a business plan competition for the University of Tennessee community. To be eligible for the competition, potential startup companies must be commercializing intellectual property created at a UT campus or institute.

Tennessee Venture Challenge To Award $25,000 To UT Startups

Beginning in February, several UT researchers will be competing for a chance to win $25,000 and the opportunity to turn their ideas into startup companies in the Tennessee Venture Challenge, a new business plan competition sponsored by the UT Research Foundation. UTRF will launch the challenge at 4:00 p.m. on February 4 with a kick-off party and workshop at the UTRF Business Incubator.

UT Technology Named a 2013 Top Innovation

Technology developed by UT researchers that lights up cells to enable study of the effects of drugs and monitor disease is among The Scientist magazine’s top ten innovations of 2013. Most bioluminescent tests, or tests that light up cells, only temporarily generate a light signal. The UT technology genetically modifies the cells so they light up in response to specific stimuli that can be monitored over time.

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.

Research Foundation Accepting Submissions for Maturation Funding Program

The UT Research Foundation is accepting submissions for the seventh annual UTRF Maturation Funding program. Proposals are due to department research offices by close of business Friday, October 18. The program helps UT researchers further develop technologies that have potential for commercial success. Up to $15,000 in direct costs will be awarded to the highest ranking proposals.

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.

Call for Proposals: UTRF Maturation Funding Program

The University of Tennessee Research Foundation is announcing a call for submissions for the sixth annual UTRF Maturation Funding program. Proposals are due by October 16. The program helps UT researchers further develop technologies that have potential for commercial success. Up to $15,000 in direct costs will be awarded to the highest-ranking proposals.