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Vol Court Fall 2013 Business Start-up Seminars

Tuesday, 05 November, 2013

Vol Court is a series of six 1-hour seminars presented weekly during the fall semester that will provide insights into starting a business. The series is open to students, staff, faculty and the community. The sessions  take place on Tuesdays from 5:15-6:15 p.m. in the Haslam Business Building, room 102. Refreshments are served. The first session kicks-off 10/1. The Vol Court objectives include:

  • Providing participants with tools and knowledge needed to start a business
  • Continuing to build and strenghten an entrepreneurial culture on the UT campus
  • Creating awareness of entrepreneurial resources and activities on campus
  • Providing a networking forum to spur entrepreneurship across the university for both faculty and students
  • Providing the opportunity for business and technical students to team together on start-up opportunities

Week 1. (10/1) The series opens with Joy Fisher, VP/CEO of Clodico Inc, a start-up in the high-performance biocides business for the healthcare industry. Joy was previously with the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, UT Research Foundation, and owned her own consulting firm. She will be discussing:

- Customer segments/market size

- Competitive differentiation

- Value proposition – what is the "pain" in the market?

- Minimum viable product

- Channels for distribution

Week 2. (10/8) Lynn Youngs, Executive Director for the Anderson Center, Lecturer in the MBA program and CPA will  focus on:

- Revenue streams

- Strategic Partnering

- Key activities

- Resources needed

- Cost structure

Week 3. (10/15) DineTouch, LLC founders Joey Natour and Seth Elliott will review testing the business hypothesis, with topic covering:

- Building a minimum product for testing

- Developing a story about the problem/solution

- Identifying potential customers

- Testing your understanding of the problem and assess its importance

- Questions to ask potential users

Week 4. (10/22) The topic moves to finding the money at the right time. Chris Miller, from First Bank and formerly of Meritus Venture Capital will discuss:

- Different types of money for different stages of the company

- Investor expectations

- Importance of the management team

- Resources

Week 5. (10/29) Tom Graves, Operations Director for the Anderson Center and Lecturer in entrepreneurship in the College of Business will discuss preparing an impactful business pitch, including do's and don'ts. This discussion will prepare participants who intend to pitch an idea in the following week's competition.

Week 6. (11/5) The Pitch Competition with a chance to win $1000, six months free rent in the UT Rearch Foundation's on-campus incubator, free accounting and legal services. 





Haslam Business Bldg
Room 102
1000 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37996

Event Contact

Tom Graves

Phone: 974-6131

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