Graves Business Plan Competition

Sep. 18 - Nov. 22, 2019

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Knoxville, TN

Graves Business Plan Competition 

The Graves Business Plan Competition offers University of Tennessee, Knoxville students enrolled in undergraduate and master’s degree programs the opportunity to win start-up capital for an original business idea. Prizes are awarded 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 fall and spring semester.

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Wednesday, Sep. 18

Entry period opens

Monday, Oct. 21

Applications due by 11:59 pm

Monday, Oct. 28

Invitations issued to compete in first round of presentations

Wednesday, Oct. 30

Pitch Prep Session

Haslam Business Building room 401. 5:15 - 6:15 pm. Open to participants invited to pitch in the first round. 

Friday, Nov. 08

First round of presentations to judges

 Haslam Business Building, rooms 316 and 454

Monday, Nov. 11

Invitations issued to present in the final round of presentations to judges

Friday, Nov. 15

Final round of presentations to judges

Haslam Business Building, room 633

Friday, Nov. 22

Awards Ceremony

Haslam Business Building, West Wing (Room 440)

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