Facebook users to pick Vol Court winner

The University of Tennessee Vol Court business pitch competition has a social media twist this year.

For the first time the winner will be chosen by a vote of Facebook users.

Voting has started and ends at 11 p.m. on Nov. 13.

At stake are cash prizes, office space and consulting services from Pershing Yoakley and Associates and mentoring services from the College of Business Administration’s Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

The two finalists are Nate Buchanan, an MBA student from Hendersonville, Tenn., who has developed an online platform – Credit Virgin – that helps students build good credit scores; and Mitchell Poythress, a junior from Antioc, Tenn., who developed a mobile app – Food Find – to help shoppers find what they want in a grocery store.

Whoever gets the most “likes” on Facebook will win a price package valued at more than $5,000.

Vol Court is sponsored by the Anderson Center, UT Federal Credit Union, Pershing Yoakley and the UT Research Foundation.

The  program is offered twice a year in the Fall and Spring. It is open to students, faculty and the public.It includes free seminars by entrepreneurs and business experts.

Click here for videos of the finalists’ presentation. Vote for your favorite.