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Summer Schedule

7/24-7/25 - Program for Entrepreneurs Kickoff

8/12 DukeGEN Multi-city Happy Hour 
  • Location: The Speakeasy at Tyler's Taproom

Fall Schedule

9/3/2009  Entrepreneurship Info Session 
  • White Lecture Hall, East Campus

9/17/2009 Entrepreneurship 101 
- followed by Speed Networking
  • Teer 203 and Lobby
  • Jesse Lipson '00, CEO of Sharefile and Brooks Bell '02, CEO of Brooks Bell Interactive

9/22/2009 2nd Annual Office of Licensing and Ventures (OLV) Day Love Auditorium, LSRC
  • Carl Weisman, Accelerator Corporation; Victor Dzau; Rose Ritts '84, Matt Kane '06 and others

9/24/2009 Entrepreneurial Law 101 - followed by Student Startup Pitches
  • Law School, Room 3041
  • Bill Brown, 8 Rivers Capital & Duke Law

10/1/2009 Duke Start-Up Challenge Kickoff - Elevator Pitches and Networking Night
  • Fuqua, McClendon Auditorium
  • Duke Start-Up Challenge Co-Presidents and student pitches

10/8/2009 Venture Capital 101 - followed by Speed Networking
  • Fuqua, Davis Room and HCA Auditorium
  • Mitch Mumma '81, Intersouth Partners

10/15/2009 How to Get Your First iPhone / Facebook / Web Startups Out the Door - followed by Student Startup Pitches

10/22/2009 Breakthrough Medical Technologies with Robert Langer (re-broadcast of MIT Enterprise Forum event) - followed by Speed Networking
  • Teer 203 and Lobby
  • Robert Langer (previously recorded)

10/29/2009 Elevator Pitches - Practice Run with actual judges
  • Fuqua, Dansby Classroom
  • Judges
    • Jed Carlson '05, COO of
    • Jonathan Gindes '03, CFO of Affinergy
    • David Pierson '92, Intersouth

11/2/2009 Venture Capital 102
  • Fuqua, Davis Room and HCA Auditorium
  • Katrin Burt '04, Partner at Intersouth Partners

11/5/2009 Financing 101 - followed by Speed Networking
  • Fuqua, Davis Room and HCA Auditorium
  • Rich West '79, CEO of Advanced Liquid Logic

11/12/2009 Building Your Team 101 - followed by Student Startup Pitches
  • Teer 203 and Lobby
  • Jonathan Gindes '03, co-founder and CFO of Affinergy, Inc.

Duke Start-Up Challenge Elevator Pitch Competitions w/ Speakers

Part of Global Entrepreneurwhip Week

Monday, 11/16 Undergraduate Track
  • Bryan Center, Von Canon Rooms
  • Will Pearson '02, President and Co-founder of mental_floss magazine

Tuesday, 11/17 Health Care & Life Sciences Track
  • CIEMAS, Schiciano A
  • Ralph Snyderman '67, Chancellor Emeritus at Duke University, James B. Duke Professor of Medicine and Founder and Chairman of Proventys

Tuesday, 11/17 Energy & Environment Track
  • CIEMAS, Schiciano B
  • Van Morris '78, CEO of US Microgrid

Wednesday, 11/18 Women Entrepreneurs Track
  • Fuqua, Lilly Classroom
  • Kimberly Jenkins '76

Wednesday, 11/18 Information Technology & Media Track
  • Fuqua, Dansby Classroom
  • David Samuel, Freestyle Capital

Thursday, 11/19 Social Enterprises Track
  • Fuqua, Lilly Classroom
  • Keith Artin, TROSA

Thursday, 11/19 Products & Services Track
  • Fuqua, Dansby Classroom
  • Jay Mebane '90, CEO of Snaptote

Friday, 11/20 Elevator Pitch Finals Event

Spring Schedule

Thurs 1/21 - Duke Start-Up Challenge and EVCC Spring Kickoff with Tim Berry, CEO of Palo Alto Software
  • Tim Berry is the CEO of Palo Alto Software, makers of Business Plan Pro, and a sponsor of Entrepreneurship at Duke
  • Learn about how the Duke Start-Up Challenge will run this Spring
  • Learn how you can engage with the EVCC this Spring
  • Hear Tim Berry’s great story and tips on how to create a winning business plan
  • Location: Teer 203
  • 6-7pm - Social Hour and Networking; 7-8pm – Speaker

Thurs 1/28 - “Run it by the Pros” Free Startup Consultation with CEOs, CFOs and Startup Attorneys

Thurs 2/4 – No event due to Duke Basketball game (Go Devils!)
Wed 2/10 - Duke Start-Up Challenge – Executive Summaries due @ 5pm
  • Upload your Executive Summary via younoodle at

Thurs 2/18 - Creating your Startup Financials 101 with Bobby Bahram, CFO & COO of TransLoc
  • Location: Teer 203
  • 6-7pm - Social Hour and Networking; 7-8pm – Speaker

Wed 2/24 – Semi-Finalists Announced & Panel “Strategies for Raising Money While You’re Still a Student”
  • Duke Start-Up Challenge Semi-Finalists Selected - 35 selected, 7 tracks, 5 per track
  • Panel session with Duke entrepreneurs who raised money while they were students
    • Jed Carlson ‘05, Co-founder and COO of Reverbnation
    • Doug Eisner ‘07, Co-founder and COO of GrassRoots Biotechnology
    • Matt Kane ‘06, Co-founder and CEO of Precision Biosciences
    • Jonathan Gindes '03, Co-founder and CFO of Affinergy - proposed panelist
    • Jesse Lipson ’00, Founder and President of ShareFile
    • Taylor Mingos ‘07, Founder and CEO of – proposed panelist
  • Location: Fuqua, HCA Classroom (6-8pm)
    3/3-3/5 - National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Summit, Raleigh, NC
    • Event Website:
    • Registration:
    • Hosts: North Carolina State University and Duke University

    Entrepreneurship and technology innovation have the potential to raise our nation out of its economic downturn. Making this happen requires everyone to step outside traditional roles. In particular, centers of higher education have a responsibility to cultivate better marry technical fields with those of business and entrepreneurship. 

    With this in mind, Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering and NC State’s College of Engineering invite you to a high profile event designed to help prepare the next generation leaders to address the "grand challenge” level issues that will shape the 21st century. The Summit will touch on all fourteen NAE Grand Challenges through a discussion of American innovation and competitiveness and will be of interest to all disciplines. Participants should leave the Summit with a heightened awareness of the link between technology innovation and public policy on the world stage.

    Why YOU should attend this conference: 

    Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE, will open the Summit with a call to action on the NAE Grand Challenges. Immelt has been named one of the "World's Best CEOs" three times by Barron's, while GE was named "America's Most Admired Company" by Fortune magazine and listed as one of the “World's Most Respected Companies" in polls by Barron's and the Financial Times.

    John Chambers, CEO of Cisco, will present a keynote address on American innovation and competitiveness and will then lead a panel discussion. Chambers has been recognized as one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” one of Barron’s “World’s Most Respected CEOs,” the “Best Boss in America” by 20/20, and one of BusinessWeek’s “Top 25 Executives Worldwide,” among many other awards.

    3/11 – No session - Fuqua and Undergrad Spring Break  & ACC Tournament

    Sun 3/21 (new date) – Duke Start-Up Challenge Business Plans submitted – from the 35 semi-finalists @ 5pm
    • Upload your Business Plan at

    3/18 – No session - Fuqua Spring Break & NCAA Tournament Begins

    Wed 3/24 – 11:30am-2:30pm – Semi-Finalists Investor Pitches (10 minutes)- 35 pitches, 7 tracks
    • By invitation only 
    • Duke Start-Up Challenge Finalists will be selected - 7 Finalists (1 per track) and 7 Runners-up (1 per track)
    Thurs 4/8 – Duke Start-Up Challenge - Investor Pitch Competition 
    • 7 Investor Pitches from Finalists to Finals Judges
    • Spectators Welcome: Open to all students
    • Location: HCA Auditorium
    • 6-7pm - Social Hour and Networking; 7-8:30pm – Competition

    Fri 4/16 – 10th Annual Duke Start-Up Challenge Finals Event
    • Keynote speaker (To Be Announced)
    • 14 pitches from Finalists and Runners-up - 1 minute each
    • Audience Choice will be based on the Elevator Pitch 
    • Judge’s Choice will be revealed at the Finals and is based on the Investor Pitch & Business Plan
    • 6-7pm - Social Hour and Networking; 7-8pm – Speaker; 8-8:15pm Elevator Pitches; 8:15-8:30pm Awards

    For more information about the Education Series, go to or contact Joe Knight at

    For more information about the Duke Start-Up Challenge, contact Shalav Gupta at