Maryville College will host workshops conducted by successful entrepreneurs and a pitch competition at Maryville College. Do you have an idea that you'd like to get off the ground? Join us for a chance to win money for your idea. This event is open to all ideas, so please join us, no matter what phase your future business is in.
Date: Thursday, February 28th
Location: Lambert Recital Hall at the Clayton Center for the Performing Arts
First Place Winner: $1,500
Second Place Winner: $1,000
Third Place Winner: $500
Location: Maryville College, Anderson 220
Sessions will be taught from Maryville College and University of Tennessee faculty and business leaders in the community.
Maryville College will host an inaugural pitch competition Feb. 28, 2019, and administrators are inviting students, faculty, alumni and community members to enter their business ideas.
Maryville College President Dr. Tom Bogart announced details of the “Scots Innovation Challenge” during Innov865’s “Start-Up Week” events in Knoxville. On Sept. 26, the College hosted a networking and informational program at the Elkmont Exchange Brewery and Eating House founded by alumnus Alex Violette ’07. The event, “Innovation in the Liberal Arts,” featured remarks by MC alumni and faculty entrepreneurs including Dr. John Gallagher, professor of management, and MC alumnus Adam McCall ’96, CEO of Prisma Renewable Composites.
“We’re excited about this opportunity for our students and the larger Blount County community,” Bogart said at the event. “More than a competition, this is also a chance for people to learn from entrepreneurs and business leaders who can teach them how to get a business idea off the ground.”
The Scots Innovation Challenge will include four sessions hosted by Maryville College faculty and the start-up community at large. Topics covered will include funding, customer discovery, sales, marketing and more.
One-hour sessions will be held from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Thursday evenings, beginning Jan. 24 and continuing through Feb. 14. All sessions will be held on the Maryville College campus in Anderson Hall, Room 220.
The first-place winner will be awarded $1,500; second place, $1,000; and third place, $500.
The Scots Innovation Challenge will be the first pitch competition in the area organized to support the local entrepreneurial community.
“Blount County has an emerging entrepreneurial scene with the newly established Sky City Initiative and a reputation of successful start-ups and innovators in the region,” said Rachel Buchanan of the Blount Partnership and founder of the Sky City Initiative. “Partnerships with the Blount County Chamber of Commerce, Blount County Public Library and Maryville College all seek to support the growing needs addressed by the entrepreneurial community.”
Bogart said the pitch competition was in keeping with the College’s mission.
“Maryville College’s founder, the Rev. Isaac Anderson, lived by the motto ‘do good on the largest possible scale’ and inspired those around him to adopt it. Among our small campus community and dedicated faculty, the ‘doing’ of that motto is taken very seriously,” Bogart said. “The College welcomes ideas that can solve problems and meet the needs of the local and global community.”
Maryville College has a reputation of starting businesses in areas of marketing, creative services, technology and biotechnology. Meet some of the alumni who work in Start-Ups.
Josh Loomis, Marketing and Growth Consultant at YourGrowthExpert, Jeff Gotcher, Founder of Knoxville's business accelerator, Upstart Knoxville, Adam McCall, CEO of Prisma Renewable Composites, Emily Winsauer, formerly at VIEO Design, Alex Violette, Founder of Elkmont Exchange, Arianna Shannon, Graphic Designer and Video Marketing Consultant at YourGrowthExpert.
Are you a Maryville College alumni who started a businesses or need resources to get started? Contact Christy McDonald for more information.