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Vol Court - Fall 2020

Sep. 02-30, 2020

5:15pm - 6:15pm

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Knoxville, TN

Vol Court includes four 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 who attend all speaker sessions will be eligible to pitch in week five. 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.

Sponsors and Partners

Vol Court would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsor The Scott and Dianna Roe Foundation. And we would also like to thank our in-kind partners UT Research FoundationPYAMorehous Legal Group3 Roots Capital, and Innovative Design, Inc. for their continuing support.

Past Sessions

Review sessions you may have missed.

Vol Court Fall 2020

Wednesday, Sep. 02

5:15pm - 6:15pm

Session 1 : Opportunities in a Time of Crisis

Bailey Foster will share her social entrepreneurial story and discuss how times of crisis can open up new opportunities to solve problems. 
Bailey Foster, Founder, Real Good Kitchen

Wednesday, Sep. 09

5:15pm - 6:15pm

Session 2: Growing Your Startup - What Happens When Chaos Ensues

Learn how to grow your startup and what to do when success comes hard and fast. 
Tommy Nguyen, CEO, Storage Pug 
via ZOOM https://tennessee.zoom.us/j/96483337545

Wednesday, Sep. 16

5:15pm - 6:15pm

Session 3: Company Culture in a Startup

Starting several companies himself, Chris has always made sure to create the kind of culture where his people can be creative and thrive.
Chris McAdoo 
via ZOOM https://tennessee.zoom.us/j/96483337545

Wednesday, Sep. 23

5:15pm - 6:15pm

Session 4: Making the Pitch, 9 in 90

This year, we will introduce a new twist in Vol Court, based on the storytelling culture promoted by Pecha Kucha. Shawn Carson will share tips on how to tell your idea’s story in 90 seconds using only nine slides and no more than five words per slide.
Shawn Carson, Entrepreneurship Faculty, UT
via ZOOM https://tennessee.zoom.us/j/96483337545

Wednesday, Sep. 30

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 fall 2020 Vol Court pitch competition.
Student Center room 169 and on Zoom (the face-to-face portion may have to be rearranged)
via ZOOM https://tennessee.zoom.us/j/96483337545

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