2009-2010‎ > ‎


Watch the Video of the Investor Pitch Finals

YouTube Video

PicasaWeb Slideshow

The Investor Pitch Finals of the Duke Start-Up Challenge

Thursday, April 8th, 6pm @ Fuqua's HCA Auditorium

From the original 109 teams, we've selected 7 teams to pitch at the the Investor Pitch Finals.

Join us at the Investor Pitch Finals to watch the seven finalists give their final investor presentations and compete for $25,000. 

All Duke students, post-docs, staff, alumni and faculty are welcome to attend. RSVP for the Investor Pitch Finals

Special guest judges include:

- Jack Egan, Founding Managing Partner of Egan-Managed Capital, a Boston based venture capital fund.

- Karen LeVert, President and CEO of Southeast TechInventures, a technology accelerator for the rapid conversion of university scientific breakthroughs into new companies.

- Greg Mario, CEO of Taxis Pharmaceuticals, a pharmaceutical company targeting highly resistant forms of bacterial pathogens

Michael Olander, President and Owner of Apple Gold Group, which owns and operates a total of 80 restaurants.

Next Steps

Sponsors and Supporters
Intersouth Partners, a leading venture capital firm - http://www.intersouth.com
Hughes Pittman & Gupton, an accounting firm for startups - http://www.hpg.com
Hutchison Law Group, a law firm for startups – http://www.hutchlaw.com
iContact, email marketing software - http://www.icontact.com
Square 1 Bank, a venture bank for startups - http://www.square1bank.com
Wyrick Robbins, a law firm for startups – http://www.wyrick.com
Palo Alto Software, makers of Business Plan Pro - http://www.paloalto.com
Smith Anderson, a law firm that helps startups - http://www.smithlaw.com

About the 10th Annual Duke Start-Up Challenge
The Duke Start-Up Challenge entrepreneurship competition runs throughout the academic year, from November to April. The competition includes an Elevator Pitch Competition in November, an Executive Summary Competition in January, and a live Finals Event in April, with multiple teams winning cash and prizes throughout the competition for the best submissions. The prizes are awarded to overall best plan/presentation and best submission in each of several categories (e.g. Energy & Environment, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Products & Services, and Social Entrepreneurship). Additionally, teams are provided with feedback from knowledgeable judges along the way to help with further development of the business concept into the next part of the Duke Start-Up Challenge and beyond. Founded in 1999 by an ambitious group of Duke students, the competition is now celebrating its 10th year of operation. More information at http://www.dukestartupchallenge.org.