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The Boyd Venture Challenge, sponsored by the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Haslam College of Business, is now accepting applications. The seed fund grant program awards up to $20,000 to student-owned startup companies each fall and spring semester.

Boyd Venture ChallengeThe competition is open to any early-stage company owned by a UT student. To be eligible, companies must be legally established and the student owner must be enrolled in a UT undergraduate or graduate degree program at the time of application.

Applications must be received by the Anderson Center no later than midnight October 28. Applications will be reviewed to determine which teams advance to the presentation round, where they will pitch to a panel of local business professionals on November 13.

The Boyd Venture Challenge is made possible by the generosity of Randy Boyd, founder and executive chairman of Radio Systems Corporation, makers of PetSafe, Invisible Fence, and SportDog brands. To date, this endowed fund has awarded $172,000 to twenty-three student-owned startups.


Kimberly Hood (865-974-5126,