Charlottesville, VA – Two UVA students today launched Foodio, a smartphone app for ordering food from local Charlottesville restaurants. Founded by fourth-years Rory Stolzenberg and D Collier, the app aims to make ordering food with friends or co-workers easy, letting customer split the bill among multiple credit cards. At launch time, six local restaurants are on the platform with significant expansion expected in the coming months.
The idea for Foodio originated with a problem faced daily by many college students. Stolzenberg recounts, "It happens all the time: you're ordering delivery with friends and nobody has cash. Someone has to put it all on their credit card and everyone else promises to pay them back. But everybody knows that'll never happen. After years of this ritual, I found myself wishing we could all just pay for our food with our own cards."
Once the app was conceived, Stolzenberg faced a small problem: he did not know how to code. After finding his co-founder, he set out to start at the beginning- learning to code by building Foodio itself.
Released in Android beta in fall 2012, Foodio now supports iPhone, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and all other platforms via its mobile web app, located at m.getfoodio.com. A native Android version is also available for download. Customers may now order food for takeout or delivery from Slice Pizza, Panda Garden, The Lunchbox Express, Szechuan, Vocelli Pizza, and Two Guys Tacos.