University of Tennessee

UT Spring Vol Court Entrepreneurial Workshops Kick Off Feb. 11

February 2, 2014

KNOXVILLE—A series of workshops that provide faculty, students and community members with tools to start and grow their own businesses kicks off Feb. 11 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The Vol Court spring 2014 program will run through March 25. Workshops will be held 5:15-6:15 p.m. on Tuesdays in Room 103 of the James A. Haslam II Business Building.

The Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, housed in the College of Business Administration, is hosting the program. Vol Court will offer students, UT employees and the community the opportunity to learn from entrepreneurs and business experts about the essentials of getting a company off the ground.


Workshop presenters are from various organizations throughout Tennessee, and all have experience with entrepreneurial companies.

The March 25 session will include a pitch competition in which the top presenting individual or team will win $1,000 and the second-place team will win $500. Students attending Vol Court will have the opportunity to better prepare themselves for the upcoming campus-wide Undergraduate Business Plan Competition.

Session topics are:

  • Feb. 11: Overview of Business Model Canvas
  • Feb. 18: Marketing to Your Customers
  • Feb. 25: Determining the Legal Structure of Your Business
  • March 4: Pitching the Concept
  • March 11: Profit and Loss 101 
  • March 18: No session due to spring break
  • March 25: Pitch Competition

Vol Court is sponsored by the UT Federal Credit Union, the UT Research Foundation, Morehous Legal Group, Launch Tennessee and Pershing Yoakley and Associates.

To learn more about the presenters, sponsors and each session, visit