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Entry period opens for Graves Business Plan Competition

January 29, 2020

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.

The spring 2020 Graves Business Plan Competition will accept applications January 29 through March 6, 2020.

Contact the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovations at ACEI@utk.edu for more information.


In general, any student in an undergraduate or master’s degree program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is eligible to apply. Complete eligibility details available online. Specifically:

  • Students can apply individually or as a team.
  • Teams can choose up to four members to present. All members must be students.
  • Presenting team members must be enrolled in full-time undergraduate or master’s degree programs.
  • Previous winners cannot compete in consecutive semesters with the same business plan. Previous winners must use a different business plan to compete in consecutive semesters.

Learn more here.


January 29, 2020