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FunLPro, ARiES Energy win prizes at “Start-up Day Knoxville”

Start-up DayFunLPro, a company profiled last week on teknovation.biz, won the “Pitch Competition” and the $5,000 top prize, while ARiES Energy won the “Traction Award” presented at yesterday’s “Start-up Day Knoxville.”

This was the first year for a cash prize associated with the pitch event, and it was the inaugural year for the award given to a start-up that has made the most progress during the past three years since the “Start-up Day” event was launched.

The pitch prize was sponsored by the Business Owners Business Association, itself a local start-up, while the UT Federal Credit Union sponsored the “Traction Award.”

FunLPro produces a patented closure system for fluid containers that provides a lengthy, extendible, and directional to pouring spout within the closure system itself.

ARiES Energy, previously profiled on teknovation.biz, competed with two other local start-ups – NewsBreak Media Networks and Little Fishkopp. Here are links (NewsBreak and Little Fishkopp) to previous teknovation.biz posts on them.

ARiES Energy announced in September a merger with PHG Energy of Nashville and Thompson Machinery.

Finalists in the pitch competition were:

  • Additerra, founded by Will Sames, is an E-Commerce Platform developed for direct business-to-business sales and designed to permanently change the way customized parts and products are purchased.
  • ANYROAM LLC, founded by Philippe Hanset, is a company providing a Wi-Fi roaming service for the research and education community called eduroam.
  • RadiantWear LLC, founded by Marva Solt, creates patent-pending clothing for women going through radiation treatment for breast cancer.
  • RDI LLC, a company developing a patented technology platform capable of measuring motion, vibration, and displacement not visible to the human eye, was presented by Bob Wilson.
  • SimPath, founded by Rob Moseley, is a proprietary assembly technology that reduces the time researchers spend on monotonous tasks, increasing the time needed to spend on true science.
  • SpareTime Entertainment, founded by Fadi Saleh and most recently a participant in the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center’s “MediaWorks” accelerator, makes millions laugh by curating and remixing familiar video content into hilarious entertainment.

Tom Ballard

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer,
Pershing Yoakley & Associates. P.C.

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