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September 26, 2012 | Tom Ballard

Beierschmitt, Foundation Games participating in only games-focused accelerator

We caught-up with Aron Beierschmitt, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Foundation Games, before Tuesday’s kickoff of the Vol Court Pitch Competition at the University of Tennessee (UT).

When we had last talked with the UT student, he had planned to relocate to Texas as he ramped-up the company that now has offices in four countries – Australia, France, the Philippines, and the United States. (See previous article at

A strange turn of events happened, almost literally on his way to Texas. Foundation Games was selected from an applicant pool of 200 to be one of six companies to participate in the three-month YetiZen Accelerator Program in San Francisco.

YetiZen is the only games-focused accelerator in existence. It has more than 150 mentors, 10 venture capitalists, and many strategic investors and acquirers in the game space. YetiZen has also launched its own branded 20,000 square foot Innovation Lab. When it was launched, the company said that the lab “empowers the games community, gathering together a wide and rich audience of developers into one location, and provides the environment for true synergy for game studios to build stronger businesses together.”

Beierschmitt flew back to Tennessee for a brief visit with family and to share his experiences with the Vol Court attendees in a humorous and insightful way. It was clear that he “clicked” with them.

He heads back to California to get ready for his own pitch opportunity on November 1. We’ll catch-up with him after that to see how it went.

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