Finalists

Note: This event has already happened (2011).  Future alumni Duke Start-Up Challenge events are now incorporated into the main competition at www.dukestartupchallenge.org

Meet our Finalists from the Duke Start-Up Challenge: Alumni Track

Alphabetical Listing of All Teams
  • Advanced Heart Surgical - We are developing a new means to diagnose and treat advanced coronary heart disease.  It involves the use of thermal Infrared imaging and surgical intervention of the heart muscle.  The end result is improved blood flow and clinical outcomes for this patient demographic. 
    • Team Lead: Eric Peterson (Pratt, Fuqua School of Business 1996, 2010) at taophoenix@mac.com. 
    • Based in Denver, CO
  • Bioshape Solutions - BioShape was founded to patent, develop and commercialize a medical device platform that enables the simple and effective local delivery of drugs and other emerging therapeutic agents onto and around orthopedic fracture fixation and spinal fixation devices. The Company’s initial products are focused on delivering antibiotics for the treatment and prevention of costly orthopedic fracture and spine fixation implant infections.  
    • Team Lead: Lawrence Boyd (Pratt, The Graduate School 2007) at lboyd@bioshapesolutions.com. 
    • Based in Durham, NC
  • BRIO DEVICE - Brio Device is a medical device company whose mission is to make complex medical procedures simple. Our SmartAirway improves the efficacy of emergency intubations.  
    • Team Lead: Douglas Mullen (Pratt 2005) at douglas.mullen@gmail.com. 
    • Based in Ann Arbor, MI
  • Chronus Health - Chronus Health develops applications for chronic patients and makes sense of the data collected by remote tracking. It leverages mobile and web technology to integrate critical components of care, to increase the effectiveness of disease management and patient engagement programs and to enhance chronic patients' compliance to treatment.
    • Team Lead: Atil Erken (Fuqua School of Business 2004) at atil.erken@chronushealth.com. 
    • Based in New York, NY
  • CRE-Dashboard - A Super-Charged Zillow for commercial real estate (CRE) - A website aggregating publicly available CRE and economic information to assist in CRE analysis.   
    • Team Lead: Jill Homan (Fuqua School of Business, Sanford School of Public Policy 2006) at jill.homan@gmail.com. 
    • Based in Washington, DC
  • CubeVibe - CubeVibe helps companies improve performance through on-demand employee engagement software. 
    • Team Lead: Aaron Aycock (Fuqua School of Business 2005) at aaron@cubevibe.com. 
    • Based in Atlanta, GA
  • DateUp - an event-based dating site focusing on date discovery rather than endless profile surfing. DU uses micro txns; not exp subscrips. 
    • Team Lead: Justin Ip (Trinity 2002) at justin@letsdateup.com. 
    • Based in San Francisco, CA
  • Farmville meets Kiva - a social gaming app that make poverty alleviation fun - Our start-up gives users a rich gaming experience as they microlend directly to microborrowers in the developing world.  The borrowers pay back the microloans using the mobile banking infrastructure already in existence in many developing countries, while offering the lenders updates on their progress via SMS, and later (when smartphones are more globally widespread) using pictures and video.  Eradicating poverty becomes fun. 
    • Team Lead: Rachel Cook (Trinity 2006) at rachel.cook@alumni.duke.edu. 
    • Based in New York, NY
  • HealthyUs - A free, secure, portable, accurate web-based medical records system with accompanying community website for expectant and new parents. 
    • Team Lead: Henry Eng (Trinity 2003) at henry.eng@gmail.com. 
    • Based in New York, NY
  • Innovation Logistics - Companies can list competitions ($1 million minimum) on our website.  Think: ‘Ebay for Research’ or ‘X-Prize for Corporations’.
    • Team Lead: Jason Sender (Trinity 1997) at jsender@innovationlogistics.com. 
    • Based in Washington, DC
  • Jackson Electronics, LLC - The ultimate Smartphone accessory, a revolutionary product line providing a low cost alternative to OEM factory installed infotainment systems for the motor vehicle audio market. 
    • Team Lead: Michael Gagliardi (Fuqua School of Business 1989) at mpgagliardi@iroconline.com. 
    • Based in Austin, TX
  • Merquery - Merquery aims to eliminate fraud while creating a bridge to a secure, peer-to-peer payment system. 
    • Team Lead: David Foster (Trinity 2005) at ventres@gmail.com. 
    • Based in Morrisville, NC
  • MiMony - MiMony (www.mimony.com) is a consumer finance platform that serves Latinos living in the United States.  It provides best practices financial and consumer education together with a personal finance solution that consolidates all of the user’s financial data into one online account.  MiMony covers topics that are most relevant to bottom-of-the-pyramid Hispanics such as basic banking, prepaid debit cards, international money transfer, consumer loans and health insurance.  Our online/offline platform delivers easy-to-understand content in Spanish and English at no cost to the user.     
    • Team Lead: Gregory Lane (Trinity 2000) at lanegc@gmail.com. 
    • Based in Miami, FL
  • New Mind Education - For international students aiming to become a global talent, language and professional education that are offered by conventional education systems are far more from sufficient. New Mind Education integrates a cultural dimension into our language and academic offerings for each international student aiming to study in the US. 
    • Team Lead: Hao Feng (Trinity 2006) at ihao292@gmail.com. 
    • Based in Raleigh, NC
  • PHYSmart - PHYSmart is an online marketplace connecting medical professionals (buyers) with healthcare solutions providers (vendors). 
    • Team Lead: Rachel Greenberg (Fuqua School of Business 1999) at morowitz@alumni.duke.edu. 
    • Based in Springfield, VA
  • The Daily Muse - The Daily Muse is a media company for young professional women, a Huffington Post / O Magazine hybrid for today's driven Gen Y female 
    • Team Lead: Kathryn Minshew (Trinity 2008) at kmminshew@gmail.com. 
    • Based in New York, NY
  • RNTMRKT - RNTMRKT is an online platform that uses an econometric model to quantitatively derive the price of residential rental space in urban markets. 
    • Team Lead: John Njoku (Trinity 2003) at jnjoku@gmail.com. 
    • Based in New York, NY
  • SimpleRegistry - SimpleRegistry allows individuals and organizations (“members”) to register anything from anywhere and receive monetary gifts toward them.   
    • Team Lead: Brandon Warner (Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences 2008) at brandon@simpleregistry.com. 
    • Based in Wilmington, DE
  • Suntagma - We are making secure and trackable email easy to use for individuals and businesses using existing email accounts 
    • Team Lead: Nikhil Palekar (School of Law 2009) at nik@suntagma.com. 
    • Based in Arlington, VA
  • Three Forests Trail - An adventure trail in poverty-stricken coastal Ecuador which pays property owners for forest conservation and creates ecotourism jobs. 
    • Team Lead: Alex Johnson (Trinity 2005) at alex.johnson@alumni.duke.edu. 
    • Based in Tabuga, Ecuador and Portland, OR
  • Travel Recharge - Travel Recharge's business is to build and operate travel plazas for automobiles. The Company will be the first to offer a combination of a gas station and a separate courtyard building with multiple food and retail choices.
    • Team Lead: Carl Bolch, III (Fuqua 2000) at carlbolch@aol.com
    • Based in Atlanta, GA
  • WellAlly, Inc. - WellAlly is a web-based “wellness engagement company” that helps employers with the process of engaging their employees in healthy-lifestyle-behavior interventions that affect workforce productivity and helps the highly-fragmented wellness resources marketplace have visibility within the corporate wellness channel.  
    • Team Lead: Henry Griffith Parker (Fuqua School of Business 1985) at griffparker@gmail.com. 
    • Based in Philadelphia, PA
  • Youbibi - Youbibi (www.youbibi.com) is a Chinese travel search engine. We help people in China search for and compare travel products. Youbibi (游比比) means “travel comparison” in Chinese. 
    • Team Lead: Kai Wang (Fuqua School of Business 2008) at kai.wang@alumni.duke.edu. 
    • Based in Shenzhen, China
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