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Graves Business Plan Competition (Fall Semester)

Aug. 31 - Nov. 20, 2020

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Knoxville, TN

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.

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

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

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Monday, Aug. 31

Entry period begins

Monday, Oct. 05

Applications due by 11:59 pm

Tuesday, Oct. 13

Invitations issued to compete in first round of presentations

Tuesday, Oct. 27

Video pitches due to ACEI@utk.edu by 10 a.m.

Friday, Nov. 06

Presentations to judges

via Zoom

Friday, Nov. 20

Awards Ceremony

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