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Boyd Venture Challenge Awards Funding to Four Student Startups

Boyd Venture Challenge winners

Kelsey Duncan, founder of The Sorority Guide; Judd Conatser, founder of Orion Investment Group; Baker Donahue, founder of In With the Old; Ryan Cunningham, founder of Campus Car.

Four businesses owned by UT students were recently awarded a total of $35,000 in the spring 2017 Boyd Venture Challenge. The Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in UT’s Haslam College of Business hosted the seed fund grant competition.

The Sorority Guide, Orion Investment Group, In With the Old, and Campus Car were selected from a group of eight finalists. A panel of five judges determined funding awards.

“Funding at this level provides our student entrepreneurs with the opportunity to take their early-stage venture to the next step,” said Tom Graves, operations director of the Anderson Center. “The Boyd Venture Challenge not only grants this important funding, but students also receive feedback from the judges, which can help as they move their business forward.”

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