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Sponsors & Partners

Become a Sponsor or Partner

Interested in becoming a sponsor or partner of the Duke Start-Up Challenge?  We are always looking for new ways to expand both the scope and quality of the competition.  Our partners inside and outside the university are a critical part of our continued success.

If interested in becoming a sponsor or partner, please contact Duke Start-Up Challenge Co-president Shalav Gupta at shalav.gupta@fuqua.duke.edu or Advisory Board Member Howie Rhee at hwr2@duke.edu.


Hutchinson Law Group

Hutchison Law Group provides strategic business and intellectual property-related legal counsel to leading technology companies throughout the Southeast. Our attorneys make it their business to understand how technology companies and other innovators function and to help clients turn their visions into reality.  http://www.hutchlaw.com/ 


iContact provides web-based software that improves the efficiency of marketing communication for businesses and organizations. Our flagship product is an email marketing service that allows businesses to easily create, send, and track permission-based email newsletters and surveys. iContact gives you the power to manage all your multi-channel emarketing communications in one simple, central, and on-demand web-based tool that allows you to take advantage of every possible opportunity to get your message through to your desired audience. http://icontact.com

Wyrick, Robbins, Yates, Ponton LLP 

Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton has provided full-service legal representation on a regional and national basis since 1979. Our demonstrated ability to help clients overcome obstacles has earned us a reputation as one of the region’s premier law firms.  Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, we have grown to one of the region’s largest law firms. We have focused practice groups with the depth and flexibility to analyze and maximize the growth opportunities for all levels of business – from start-up to publicly held companies. We also have practice groups experienced in all areas of litigation, from complex business and labor law cases to sophisticated family law disputes.  http://www.wyrick.com/ 

Square 1 Bank

Square 1 Bank specializes in providing financial services to entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. We help growing companies and their investors navigate financial obstacles by providing access to funds and expertise. Our customized product offerings and unrivaled team of venture banking specialists provide a banking experience designed exclusively for you. We are entrepreneurs serving entrepreneurs. http://www.square1financial.com

Palo Alto Software

Palo Alto Software is the worldwide leader in business plan software and marketing plan software. The company was founded in 1983 by Tim Berry, a business planning expert, Stanford MBA, and co-founder of Borland International with a long history of technology sector leadership in the Silicon Valley. Despite the company's name, Palo Alto Software is now headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, with international offices in London and Ireland.  Palo Alto Software has donated free copies of their Business Plan Pro software for all Duke Start-Up Challenge participants.  http://www.paloalto.com/


As the world evolves, so do we. Yet we remain driven by our passion for inventing solutions to solve important problems, perfecting those solutions and delighting our customers. We started small in 1983 with Quicken personal finance software, simplifying a common household dilemma: balancing the family checkbook. Little more than two decades later, our revenue tops $3 billion, we're publicly traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market, and recognized as America's most-admired software company and one of the country's best places to work.  http://www.intuit.com/

Hughes Pittman & Gupton

HPG offers traditional CPA audit, tax and business advisory services – but this is just the beginning. We dedicate a team of professionals led by an HPG partner for each client relationship. We also have an extensive resource network and a variety of practice groups to maximize our ability to meet our clients’ needs.  http://www.hpg.com/

Bull City Forward

Bull City Forward seeks to make Durham, NC the pre-eminent city in the world for social innovation and entrepreneurs. In a time when the scale and complexity of our planet’s challenges are out-pacing innovative solutions, we need to foster bold ideas that have the ability to scale. By intentionally creating a vibrant eco-system geared to increasing the chances for entrepreneurial success, we aim to dramatically increase the number of social innovators in our community and help them deepen their economic and social impact in our city and beyond.  http://bullcityforward.org/


DUhatch Incubator

DUhatch connects enterprising students with mentors from faculty and industry. It provides professional office space and facilitates business development to help solve the myriad problems every fledgling venture faces.

Fuqua School of Business

In its relatively short history, The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, has established itself as one of the leading business schools in the world. With talented faculty and a renowned research center, the school sits among top-ranked U.S. business schools.  http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/

Pratt School of Engineering

The Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University is a vibrant teaching and research institution focused on educating and exploring the frontiers of engineering in a bold, personal and cross-disciplinary environment. We offer degrees majoring in biomedical engineering; civil engineering; electrical and computer engineering; and mechanical engineering. We also offer a professional master in engineering management degree and several certificates.  http://www.pratt.duke.edu/

Fuqua School of Business, Health Sector Management Program 

Healthcare is becoming an increasingly important part of the world economy. Managers and executives in the field need training and education specific to this evolving industry. Duke’s Health Sector Management concentration is the largest program of its kind among top-tier business schools. Students in our program receive world-class management training plus a comprehensive understanding of the complex healthcare field. The HSM program is designed to enable students to apply MBA coursework knowledge immediately to the healthcare sector and to better understand the relationship between general managerial expertise and the unique dynamics of healthcare markets.  http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/programs/duke_mba/health_sector_management/

Office of Vice Provost for Research

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research has overall responsibility for facilitating the research enterprise at Duke University. The Vice Provost for Research works closely with the Provost, his staff and the Deans on research policy. He supervises the Office of Research Support and manages the ORS budget and Instrumentation Fund. In addition, he chairs the Research Policy Committee and participates in the management and allocation of research connected funds allocated by the Provost. He also works with the Technology Transfer Office to encourage and support the development and marketing of Duke's intellectual property.  http://www.provost.duke.edu/units/research.html

Office of Vice Chancellor, Corporate Ventures

Corporate & Venture Development (CVD) serves Duke University and its Medical Center, a top-ten research university located in Durham, North Carolina.  CVD is responsible for commercially-sponsored research, patents and licenses, new venture activity, corporate gifts, and corporate vending relationships.  Corporate & Venture Development includes: Vice Chancellor Corporate & Venture Development, Office of Licensing & Ventures, Office of Corporate Research Collaborations, Corporate Alliances & Development, Corporate Programs.  http://www.duke.edu/web/ost/