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.
Vol Court News
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.
Interested in starting a business but don’t know how? The Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the College of Business Administration will offer the chance for students, faculty, and the community to learn from entrepreneurs and business experts about the essentials of getting a company off the ground.
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.
The lack of a favorite comfort food found only in their hometown spurred the launch of a new product idea by two UT Knoxville sophomores that took top honors at this semester’s Vol Court pitch competition. Jake Rheude and Cedric Brown won $1,000 to invest in SummerSett Foods, a company that is creating and packaging a buffalo chicken dip for distribution nationwide.
Seven teams of budding entrepreneurs will square off in the last session of “Vol Court” at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15. The team with the best business idea will receive $1,000 to launch their business, space at the UT Research Foundation business incubator, and mentoring from the College of Business Administration’s Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation—a prize package worth more than $5,000.
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.
Do you have a business idea but don’t know how to begin turning it into a reality? The Vol Court Spring 2011 session sponsored by the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the College of Business Administration is providing students, faculty and friends the opportunity to learn from entrepreneurs and business experts about the “nuts and bolts” of how to start a business.