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Spring 2022 Vol Court Winners pose with Lynn Youngs, executive director of the Anderson Center. Pitch winners, from left to right, Clay Franklin, Allison Campbell, and Ian Parten.

Students Awarded Startup Funding

An idea for methods to improve patient experiences and outcomes for chronically ill children won first place in this semester’s Vol Court Pitch Competition. Recent University of Tennessee, Knoxville, alumna Allison Campbell pitched Fluffy Friends for Children with Chronic Conditions in the semiannual competition and speaker series hosted by the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in UT’s Haslam College of Business.

Campbell’s organization gives young patients a teddy bear holding a symbol of their matching diagnosis in a hidden pocket. With her first-place win, Campbell received $1,500 and office space at the UT Research Foundation Business Incubator for one year.

Read more at University of Knoxville News.