DSC 2002 Finals Winner - Sun Dance Genetics

4/20/02 - Congratulations to the 2002 Duke Start-Up Challenge First Place winner SunDance Genetics!  Runners-Up included TheraNova and Visual Data Systems; Alchemy and Peregrine PowerKraft were finalists.  TheraNova, as presented by Dan Burnett, was recipient of the People's Choice.  Look for photos of the Awards and a webcast to be online in the coming week.

The Duke Start-Up Challenge is a three-phase competition held annually to foster entrepreneurship and start-up companies. The 3rd Annual Challenge for 2002 concluded April 20th with $100,000 in awards and a record number of participants.

2002 First Place - $50,000

SunDance Genetics

2002 Runners-Up


Visual Data Systems

2002 Finalists


Peregrine PowerKraft

Special thanks to ID&B for their design of the 2002 Start-Up Challenge finalist webpages.

 The Duke Start-Up Challenge positions Duke University as the pre-eminent center of entrepreneurship education in the Southeast by:

  • Connecting the unique resources available within the Duke community and the Southeastern region
  • Educating Duke University students in the process of creating and evaluating new business ventures
  • Fostering new business formation and economic development in the Triangle region.

View the Kickoff Webcast for an overview of the 2002 Challenge, tips for surviving the challenge by a winning member from 2001, and ideas on forming a successful team by McKinsey & Co director Kevin Coyne. (RealPlayer required)

2001-2002 Sponsors

  • Garry Snook (Grand Prize Sponsor)
  • Office of the Dean, Pratt School of Engineering
  • Office of the Dean, Fuqua School of Business
  • Office of the Provost, Duke University
  • Duke University School of Medicine
  • Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences
  • Duke University School of Law
  • Duke Global Capital Markets Center

Congratulations to 2002 Runner-Up Novoculi, which closed NASDAQ April 29, 2002.