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New Home Improvement Product Launch by UTC MBA Graduate D’Anna Farrar

Jolls Innovations, LLC., owned by UTC MBA graduate D’Anna Farrar and husband Justin Jolls, announced the launch of their first innovative Patented Home Improvement product, The Paint Tray Saver™. In 2016, Farrar pitched the product in the Rollins College of Business Elevator Pitch Competition and won first place. She remains involved with the Rollins College of Business by participating in several entrepreneurship programs including leading a session in the 2017

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UTC Entrepreneurship Breakfast Hosted on Oct. 24 in Conjunction with Startup Week Chattanooga

The 2018 UTC Entrepreneurship Breakfast took place on Wednesday, October 24 on UTC’s Campus in conjunction with StartUp Week Chattanooga. The event was hosted by the Gary W. Rollins College of Business Clarence E. Harris Chair of Excellence and was presented by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. UTC students, faculty and staff, as well as Chattanooga community members, heard from Dawson Wheeler and Marvin Webb (co-founders of Rock/Creek). “Webb

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Rollins College of Business Celebrates Graduates of the 2018 Veterans Entrepreneurship Program

The Gary W. Rollins College of Business Veterans Entrepreneurship Program class of 2018 arrived in Chattanooga on Saturday, July 21 to begin what is known as VEP Boot Camp. Now in its seventh year, the VEP boot camp instructors provided participants with a rigorous schedule. Participating veterans received instruction in Leverage, Risk & Guerrilla Action; Business Model Canvas Workshop; Innovation & Creativity; Personal Selling; Financing Your Venture; and many

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Walden Security’s Mike and Amy Walden present a generous gift to the UTC Veterans Entrepreneurship Program

Gift allows the VEP to continue to help military veterans launch or grow their own business… The University of Tennessee Chattanooga and its College of Business announce a generous bequest of $1 million from Mike and Amy Walden of Walden Security to support the Veterans Entrepreneurship Program. The bequest will create the Michael and Amy Walden Endowed Fund for Veteran’s Entrepreneurship. Their company, Walden Security, also has increased its

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UTC College of Business Celebrates Graduates of the 2017 Veterans Entrepreneurship Program

The UTC College of Business Veterans Entrepreneurship Program class of 2017 arrived in Chattanooga on Saturday, July 15 to begin what is known as VEP Boot Camp. Now in its 6th year, the VEP Boot Camp instructors again provided participants with a rigorous schedule. Participating veterans received instruction in Opportunities & Great Business Concepts; Leverage, Risk & Guerrilla Action; HR for Small Business; Financing Your Venture; and many more. In

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VEP: Building entrepreneurially prepared, business-world ready veterans.

What is VEP you ask? We’ll give you a little basic training: VEP stands for Veterans Entrepreneurship Program, and UTC’s program is now in its fifth year! VEP places select veterans into an accelerated hybrid-learning program using online education, a classroom style “boot camp”, and a comprehensive mentorship and follow-through phase supported by successful Chattanooga business professionals. VEP is perfectly positioned for ambitious veteran entrepreneurs to thrive. Participants gain the

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The Journey of an Elevator Pitch

Two recent UTC COB graduates competed in the Southeast Entrepreneurship Conference, hosted by the University of Tampa, on February 1-2, 2013. Out of a total 26 venture pitches made by students from across the southeast, Peter Sauska (String Advantage) and Josh Kapellusch (KAR, Inc.), were part of the seven that made it to the final round! Peter then won second place with a price of $1,000 for his venture.

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