Graves Business Plan Competition

February 19-April 5, 2024

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Graves Business Plan Competition

The Graves Business Plan Competition offers University of Tennessee, Knoxville students enrolled in undergraduate and master’s degree programs the opportunity to win start-up capital for an original business idea. Prizes are awarded for first, second, and third place in two business categories: growth and lifestyle.

Application Dates: February 19th – March 3rd

First place: $5,000
Second place: $3,000
Third place: $2,000

The three-round competition takes place each fall and spring semester.

Monday, Feb 19

Application Period Opens

8 a.m. Apply Online

Sunday, Mar 03

Application Period Closes

11:59 p.m. Apply Online

Wednesday, Mar 06

Invitation to Pitch


Friday, Mar 22

8-12 p.m.

Pitches to Judges

Friday, Apr 05

8 a.m.

Awards Ceremony