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Vol Court

Vol Court is a six-week entrepreneurial speaker series that culminates in a pitch competition. Participants put what they’ve learned into practice by pitching their business ideas to a panel of successful entrepreneurs for a chance to win $1,500, office space in the University of Tennessee Research Foundation Business Incubator and various professional services.

Vol Court sessions are held Wednesday evenings during the fall and spring semesters. UT students, faculty, staff, alumni and local community members are welcome to attend. Participants are encouraged to attend all speaker sessions but attend at least four of the five speaker sessions to be eligible to pitch in week six. There is no application or cost to attend this series and refreshments are provided.


Each series includes five speaker sessions conducted by successful entrepreneurs and UT faculty and experts.

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Vol Court FIrst Place Prize Partner

Our Partners

Vol Court would not be possible without the support of our partners. Many thanks to first prize partner American Home Design, and to our in-kind partners UT Research FoundationPershing Yoakley and AssociatesMorehous Legal Group3 Roots Capital, and Innovative Design, Inc.

If you are interested in partnering with Vol Court with either cash prizes or services, contact Shawn Carson or call 865-974-5126.