UT Research Foundation News

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.

UT Receives NSF Award to Commercialize Discovery

Jimmy Mays, right, shows Joy Fisher the mechanical strength of a piece of Superelastomers™ material.

Jimmy Mays, a chemistry professor at UT Knoxville, has developed a substance that promises to replace conventional rubber in many products with something that is stronger, greener, and easier to recycle. Now he’s joining forces with the College of Business Administration’s Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation to turn his new discovery into a game-changing business.

UT Student Business Seeking Peers’, Public’s Help to Win National Contest

How’s the Living Inc., a company that operates www.howstheliving.com, a business founded by UT engineering major Aeron Glover and UT business major Kaliv Parker, is currently in the top twenty of a $100,000 national competition. Glover and Parker are seeking help from their peers and the public to win the competition.

UT Student Business, ‘How’s the Living,’ Wins Again

Add another victory to the list. In six months, How’s the Living Inc., a business founded by Aeron Glover, an engineering major, and Kaliv Parker, a business major, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has won three major competitions. In the latest competition, the Tennessee Technology Development Corporation has granted Glover and Parker a $10,000 business development grant. Their company operates the website howstheliving.com, which helps college students learn more about student housing around the world.

UT Students Win National Business Pitch Competition and $25,000

KNOXVILLE – Two University of Tennessee, Knoxville, students are the winners of $25,000 and on their way to launching the nation’s next big business. mtvU revealed today that Aeron Glover, an engineering major, and Kaliv Parker, a business major, won the 2010 Movers & Changers competition, a national business pitch competition sponsored by mtvU and

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UT Research Success Featured in 2010 Better World Report

A technology based on an invention developed at UT was selected by the 2010 Better World Report as one of the top examples from across the globe of the positive impact of academic innovations on quality of life. UT was one of 14 academic institutions selected from a field of more than 100 submissions.

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.

UT Researchers to Meet with Potential Investors at Conference

Several University of Tennessee researchers will be connecting with potential investors and entrepreneurs at the Tennessee Innovation Conference and Venture Showcase, sponsored by the Tennessee Technology Development Corporation (TTDC), May 10 – 11 in Nashville. The event aims to serve as a catalyst for transformational economic development impact by facilitating dialogue between scientists and venture capitalists and other risk capital investors.

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.