Based on their Executive Summaries, 35 semi-finalists were announced on the 24th of February, 2010 (5 per track).
See the list of 2010 semi-finalists here
Semi-finalists will have two deliverables:
Deliverable 1: Business Plans
Business Plans are due at 5pm EST, March 21st, 2010.
Each entry should be in pdf format, single-spaced, in at least 11-point font and have 1 inch margins on every side.
Name your file "Your_Team_Name Executive Summary DSC 2010.pdf". You can save as a PDF within Microsoft Office with their free add-on.
Maximum 17 Pages
1 Cover Page
10 pages of text
2 to 4 pages of Financials
List of Startup Expenses - see an example from Tim Berry, CEO of Palo Alto Software.
Cash-in/Cash-out Model per Bobby Bahram’s talk on http://www.dukedees.com
Detailed Financial Statements
Cash Flow Statement
Monthly for first year, then two more years out. (Three years total is our suggestion, but can be more)
Up to 2 pages of additional charts/pictures as appendices
Note: Free copies of Business Plan Pro are available to all competitors.
Deliverable 2: Investor Pitch Presentations
On March 24th, 2010, semi-finalists will make 20 minute investor pitches in front of a closed door panel of judges. The panel of judges will provide feedback, and will select one finalist and one runner-up per track.
The finalists will compete in the final round of investor pitches on April 8th, 2010, where the grand prize winner will take home $25,000.
11:30am - 2:00pm at Fuqua
20 minutes of total time with the judges
You’re competing against Semi-Finalists in your track
The 7 Finalists deliver Investor Pitches on April 8th
Guy Kawasaki’s blog post on 10/20/30 rule
- Each team may have up to two main presenters. For special interest tracks, one of the main presenters must be a Duke student that fits the criteria for the special interest track. The same presenting team must be used for the Final Investor Pitch event.
- If you have a prototype of your product, you may show it (whether it's a physical product or a website or something else).