UT’s Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation invites students, faculty, staff, and members of the local community to pitch their business ideas at Vol Court, a semiannual pitch competition and speaker series.
Vol Court News
GeoAir, a startup company founded by MBA candidate Alex Adams, won top prize at last week’s fall 2016 Vol Court Pitch Competition. The company beat 18 competitors to take first place at the competition, which was hosted by the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. GeoAir gives a faster, more precise way to identify mold in fields by using a drone to take airborne samples of the field.
UT students, faculty, and staff, along with members of the local community, will once again have the opportunity to pitch their business ideas in the Vol Court Pitch Competition for a chance to win free office space in the UT Research Foundation Business Incubator and help with getting started through legal and accounting services.
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.
Rentique, a Knoxville-based fashion truck renting high-quality dresses for special occasions, beat out five competitors to win the spring 2015 Vol Court Pitch Competition last week.
Many students have turned their ideas into profitable startup companies ranging from web design to cycling apparel, while enrolled at UT.
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.