Graves Business Plan Competition

Feb. 11 - Apr. 12, 2019

Knoxville, TN

Graves Business Plan Competition 

The annual Graves Business Plan Competition offers University of Tennessee undergraduate students the opportunity to win startup capital for an original business idea. There are prizes 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 spring semester and is open to any full-time undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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Monday, Feb. 11

Entry period opens

Wednesday, Feb. 20

Graves Competition Info Event

Drop by the Anderson Center (HBB 418) 10 a.m. - noon and 1 – 4 p.m. for doughnuts and chat with student entrepreneurs about the Graves Business Plan Competition. Attendance at this event is not required in order to apply to the competition.

Sunday, Mar. 10

Applications due

Monday, Mar. 25

Invitations to compete in first round presentations issued

Friday, Apr. 05

First presentations to judges

 Stokely Management Center, rooms 402 and 436

Monday, Apr. 08

Invitations to present in the final round issued

Friday, Apr. 12

Final round presentations to judges

Stokely Management Center, Room 402

Monday, Apr. 29

Awards Ceremony

Haslam Business Building, West Wing (Room 440)

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