Many students have turned their ideas into profitable startup companies ranging from web design to cycling apparel, while enrolled at UT.
Vol Court News
A business that simplifies wedding registries for couples is the winner of this semester’s Vol Court pitch competition. Dave Seeman, senior in mechanical engineering and founder of Willow List, an innovative gift registry that uses crowd sourcing to fund gifts, won first place and received $1,000 to move his business forward.
A retailer that sells artisan goods to benefit social causes has won this semester’s Vol Court pitch competition. Chelsea Padgham, a senior in economics and founder of Style with Benefits, won first place and received $1,000 to move her business forward.
A company that sells customized cycling apparel is the winner of UT’s 2013 Vol Court session. Jordan Humble, a senior in global politics and economics and founder of Privateer Cycling Apparel, claimed first place. Vol Court is an entrepreneurial education series that ends with a competition among aspiring entrepreneurs for cash prizes to launch their business. The series is held both in the fall and spring and is open to students, faculty, and the general public.
A series of workshops that provide faculty, students, and community members with tools to start and grow their own businesses kicks off February 5 at UT.
The creator of Credit Virgin, an online platform that helps students build good credit scores, has won the fall Vol Court session. About 1,000 Facebook users cast their votes and selected Nate Buchanan, an MBA student from Hendersonville, Tennessee, as the first-place winner.
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 will again provide faculty, students, and community members with tools to start and grow their own businesses through the fall Vol Court program, which begins September 25. Vol Court is a series of one-hour workshops which will run through November 6. The final session will be a pitch competition where top presenters or teams will win cash prizes and valuable free business services.
A video game idea designed to get children interested in energy sciences and technology has won this semester’s Vol Court pitch competition. Graduate student Charles Chin took top honors. He also secured $1,000 in start-up money for a company that will produce and sell the new educational video game, which will teach children about energy management.
Eight teams of budding entrepreneurs will square off in the last session of “Vol Court” at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, on the seventh floor of the Stokely Management Center.