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October 21, 2012 | Tom Ballard

Four UTK student-founded companies present at UT Foundation luncheon

Four companies founded by students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville were spotlighted during a luncheon meeting on Friday for members of organizations that are affiliated with the University of Tennessee (UT) Foundation.

The four presenters were:

  • Aron Beierschmitt, founder of Foundation Games who is nearing completion of a gaming accelerator in San Francisco;
  • Charles Chinn, who won the Spring 2012 Vol Court competition with his idea that combined energy education and gaming technology;
  • Joey Natour, co-founder of DineTouch who is preparing for the launch of the beta version of his mobile app that links into a restaurant’s point of sale system; and
  • Zach Linn, creator of a product called the “Squish Bottle.”

Tom Graves, Director of Operations for the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ACEI), provided an overview of ACEI’s focus and activities including its three competitions – Vol Court, Boyd Venture Fund, and ACEI Business Plan Competition.

Jennifer Stanley, President of UT’s Alumni Association, introduced the presenters and moderated the discussion.

Three of the four have been spotlighted in previous posts on An article is forthcoming on Linn.

The UT Foundation is the university’s umbrella for a variety of organizations that are involved in philanthropic efforts.

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