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Vol Court - Spring 2020

Jan. 22 - Feb. 26, 2020

5:15pm - 6:15pm

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Knoxville, TN


Vol Court includes five speaker sessions conducted by successful entrepreneurs and UT faculty and experts. 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. Prizes up to $1,500 plus prizes packages are awarded to the competition winners. There is no application or cost to attend this series, and participants are not required to pitch in order to attend.

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.

Wednesday, Jan. 22

5:15pm - 6:15pm

Session 1: Life Hacks for Entrepreneurs

Tips to navigate the chaos of entrepreneurship and life.
Shawn Carson, Entrepreneurship Faculty, UT
Haslam Business Building, room 201

Wednesday, Jan. 29

5:15pm - 6:15pm

Session 2: Trademarks, Patents, and Copyrights

Should you patent or register your trademark? What does a copyright do? Protecting your intellectual property is an essential part of your startup strategy.
Wade Orr, Esq., Intellectual Property Attorney, Luedeka Neely
Haslam Business Building, room 201

Wednesday, Feb. 05

5:15pm - 6:15pm

Session 3: Service Providers for Entrepreneurs

You can’t do everything and you can’t hire everyone. How to find others to help get your startup going.
Kevin Fillers, Business Manager, Innovative Design, Inc.
John Bruck, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Haslam Business Building, room 201

Wednesday, Feb. 12

5:15pm - 6:15pm

Session 4: Social Media Marketing

What do I share? When do I share? How to make an effective social media marketing plan for your startup.
Colleen Cruze Bhatti, Owner, Cruze Farm
Peyton Baxter, Founder, love 'n' labels 
Haslam Business Building, room 201

Wednesday, Feb. 19

5:15pm - 6:15pm

Session 5: Preparing Your Pitch

Learn how to pitch from a pitch competition pro! Former Vol Court winner, and winner of several national and international pitch competitions will share the importance of the pitch, elements that should be addressed in your pitch, and how to develop your pitch.
Tony Bova, Founder & CEO, mobius
Haslam Business Building, room 201

Wednesday, Feb. 26

5:15pm - 6:15pm

Pitch Competition

Let's hear from YOU! Join the fun and cheer on Vol Court participants as they pitch their business ideas in the spring 2020 Vol Court pitch competition.
Student Union, room 169

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