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Summer Schedule

Fri 7/23-7/24 Program for Entrepreneurs Kickoff Event

Wed 8/4 DukeGEN Happy Hour in the Research Triangle

  • Part of the multi-city DukeGEN Networking Events
  • Location: MEZ - tentative
  • Audience: Duke alumni. And students and postdocs that are here this summer.

Thurs 8/12 Entrepreneurship Info Session for Postdocs

Do you have an idea that could be translated to industry? Are you interested in entrepreneurship? Want to learn more about what it's like to work for a small start-up? Then please join Howie Rhee, Managing Director of the Duke Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and advisor for the Duke Start-Up Challenge, for this breakfast discussion. Howie connects the Center for Entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial community both locally and globally, and is interested in getting more postdocs involved in entrepreneurship, because postdocs are hands-on researchers with innovative and marketable ideas.

Whether you have a start-up idea, want to learn more about working for a small company, or just want to learn more about entrepreneurship in general, please join us! Bagels and coffee provided.

(Note: This event was rescheduled from an earlier date.)

Thurs 9/2 Program for Entrepreneurs Idea Pitch Event

  • Hear from student teams as they pitch their startup ideas to try to enter Duke's Program for Entrepreneurs
  • 4-7pm, HCA Auditorium, Fuqua School of Business
  • Followed by an Information Session for Undergraduates and Graduate Students, 7-8pm
  • More information can be found here
  • Audience: For any student

Fall Semester Schedule

Mon 8/30 - Undergraduate Classes Begin

Fri 9/3 Activities Fair for Undergraduates

  • Meet the members of the Duke Start-Up Challenge organizing committee
  • Location: East Campus Lawn
Mon 9/6 - Fuqua Classes Begin

Schedule for Duke Entrepreneurship Education Series & Duke Start-Up Challenge Pitch Mixers & Practice Rounds

  • 6pm-6:30pm - Networking and Food
  • 6:30pm - Duke Start-Up Challenge Mixer or Practice Round begins
  • 7:00pm - Speaker
  • 8:00pm - End of Event

Thurs 9/9 "How to Start a Company - The Story of GrassRoots Bio" & Duke Start-Up Challenge Info Session

  • Speaker - Doug Eisner '07, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, GrassRoots Biotechnology
  • And learn more about the Duke Start-Up Challenge at this event
  • Location: Fuqua
  • Audience: Open to all students

Tues 9/14 Duke Start-Up Challenge Information Session & Case Competition for Undergraduates

Wed 9/15 Apply for the DukeGEN Angel Pitch Event in New York City

  • Apply to pitch to Duke angel investors in New York City on October 19th
    DukeGEN is hosting an event for Duke founders of "consumer internet" & "online media" ventures to present their business concepts to a panel of sophisticated angel investors and venture capitalists. 
    This event will be held on Tuesday, October 19th from 6:30-9:00pm in New York City at Dogpatch Labs.
  • See details here.

Thurs 9/16 "How to Start a Company - The Story of" & Duke Start-Up Challenge Info Session

Thurs 9/23 "Introduction to Venture Capital"  & Duke Start-Up Challenge Info Session

Wed 9/29 2010 Entrepreneurship Symposium: Entrepreneurship is Everywhere, hosted by the EVCC

Thurs 9/30 "Intro to Entrepreneurial Law" & Duke Start-Up Challenge Info Session

Tues 10/5 - "More Like Us: Human-Centric Computing", part of the Distinguished Speaker Series at the Fuqua School of Business

  • Craig Mundie, Chief Research and Strategy Officer for Microsoft Corporation
  • 4pm in Geneen Auditorium, Fuqua School of Business
  • Drawing from his rich history of building technology-related startups, service as Microsoft’s Technology-policy liaison to the U.S. and foreign governments, and experiences as member of President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Mr. Mundie will discuss new trends in technology and showcase opportunities for human-scale interaction with computers. We are especially privileged to have Mr. Mundie, who is responsible for Microsoft’s long-term technology strategy and its global computer-science research organization, join us and share his insights. 
  • No RSVP necessary

Tues 10/5 - "Launch Day" 

Thurs 10/7 "How to Start a Company - The Story of ReverbNation" & Duke Start-Up Challenge Info Session

  • Speaker - Jed Carlson '05, Co-founder and COO of eMinor, Inc (
  • And learn more about the Duke Start-Up Challenge at this event
  • Location: Fuqua
  • Audience: Any student
Fri 10/8-10/13 - Undergraduate Fall Break

Deadline: Fill out the Intent to Compete form by 10/15 for a free copy of Business Plan Pro

Tues 10/19 "DukeGEN Angel Pitch Event in New York City at Dogpatch Labs

Wed 10/20 "From Bench to Business:  The Story of Precision Biosciences" & Duke Start-Up Challenge Info Session

  • Speaker - Derek Jantz, CTO of Precision Biosciences and former Ruth R. Kirschstein Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at the Duke University Medical Center.
  • 4pm - Speaker
  • 5pm - Networking Event at Twinnie's
  • Location: Schiciano Auditorium A, Fitzpatrick/CIEMAS
  • Audience: Any student
  • No RSVP required

Thurs 10/21 "Social Entrepreneurship Info Session" for Duke Undergraduates

  • The Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative (ELI) will host an open Social Entrepreneurship information session for Duke undergraduates.  Duke Professors Christopher Gergen(ELI), Tony Brown(ELI) and Carl Nordgren(Markets & Management) will speak to the various opportunities for undergraduates to engage in Social Entrepreneurship, either through academic or extracurricular avenues.  We will also be joined by Stephanie Potter from the Ashoka Foundation who will discuss Duke’s recent decision to join the Ashoka Changemaker Campus Consortium, in addition to various Duke student organizations supporting entrepreneurship and civic engagement. Come learn and discuss what you’d like to see happen with Social Entrepreneurship at Duke. 
  • Pizza will be provided for all who attend. 
  • Please RSVP to Liz Linzer at
  • 5:30-7pm
  • West Campus- McClendon Tower 5th Floor
  • Audience: Undergraduates

Thurs 10/21 "Will It Launch?" & Duke Start-Up Challenge Info Session

Thursday 10/21-27 - Fuqua Fall Break

Fri 10/22 "Idea Generation Session"

  • Are you someone who does not have a business idea but wants to come up with one. Don't worry we are here to help you do just that.
  • DELV's 1st idea generation session for the year will take place this coming Friday, 7:00PM (22nd October) in Social Sciences 311. We have improved and recalculated the structure of the session since last year to increase your marginal utility per unit time. In other words, less down time, more brainstorming and idea assessment! To that end, we have decided to limit participation to a maximum of 20 participants, who are looking to join an undergraduate start-up team or want to come up with their own business concept.
  • Location: Social Sciences 311
  • 7pm
  • Audience: Undergraduates

Wed 10/27 "How to Run a Multi-Million Dollar Company While You're A Student" with Douglas Hanna '13 & "Life Entrepreneurs" with Christopher Gergen

  • 6:30pm Food and Networking
  • 7:00 Speaker: "How to Run a Multi-Million Dollar Company While You're A Student" - sophomore Douglas Hanna '13, CEO of A Small Orange, a multi-million dollar web hosting company
  • 7:45 Speaker: "Life Entrerepreneurs" - Christopher Gergen '93, ELI Director and Visiting Lecturer
  • Location: Von Canon Rooms, Bryan Center
  • Audience: Any student
  • RSVP on Facebook

Thurs 10/28 "How to Start a Company - Starting a non-tech business" & Duke Start-Up Challenge Info Session

Duke Start-Up Challenge Elevator Pitch Competition

Register to participate by Monday 11/1 at 5pm ET

  • The Elevator Pitch Competition runs during November. Any Duke student (undergrad or grad), or post-doc can participate. 
  • Each team gets one minute to pitch and can have powerpoint slides (but no props)
  • Each night there are different tracks that you can compete in. Winners will be selected from each track and will compete in the Finals on 11/12
  • More details at
  • Register to compete

Duke Start-Up Challenge Opening Rounds

Wed 11/3 Women-led Startups Track

Wed 11/3 Social Enterprise Track

  • Location: Leaman Classroom - tentative

Wed 11/3 Duke's Entrepreneurial Symposium: Creativity After College

  • Hosted by The Duke Entrepreneur, DSG, and SOFC
  • 6-8pm
  • Von Canon Rooms, Bryan Center
  • RSVP on Facebook

Thurs 11/4 Undergraduate-led Startups Track

  • Location: Bryan Center, Von Canon Rooms - tentative

Mon 11/8 Meet Brad Feld and David Cohen of TechStars

  • Come hear from the co-founders of TechStars, one of the top incubators in the country.
  • 9:00-10:15am
  • Location: Fuqua School of Business (classroom TBD)
  • RSVP on Facebook

Tues 11/9 Products & Services Track

  • Location: Lilly Classroom - tentative

Tues 11/9 IT & Media Track

  • Location: Leaman Classroom - tentative

Wed 11/10 Energy & Environment Track

  • Location: CIEMAS A - tentative

Wed 11/10 Healthcare and Life Science Track

  • Location: CIEMAS B - tentative

Fri 11/12 Duke Start-Up Challenge Elevator Pitch Finals

Thurs 11/18 5th Multi-City DukeGEN Networking Event

Spring Semester Schedule

Note: All dates are tentative subject to Duke basketball schedule changes
Wed 1/12 - Undergraduate classes begin

Thurs 1/20 - InCube Event - Talk by Matthew Szulik, past Chairman at Red Hat

Mr. Szulik is the former CEO of Red Hat, the world's largest distributor of open source technology solutions and software. As CEO, he transformed Red Hat from a magazine distribution company into a powerhouse that made over $500 million in revenue by selling free software. 


If you are interested in hearing his advice, come out on January the 20th from 7pm to 8pm to SocSci 139 to see Mr. Szulik speak. This event will be co-hosted by InCube, an entrepreneurial living group currently recruiting new members, and the 11th Annual Duke Start-Up Challenge. Check out InCube at 


If you want to reserve seats, please sign-up here.

  • Location: SocSci 139
  • 6pm - Reception
  • 7pm - Interview
  • Hosted by InCube

Wed 1/26 - DEADLINE: Intent to Compete for Duke Start-Up Challenge

Thurs 1/27 – No event due to Men's basketball game

Monday 2/7 - mental_floss Trivia Show with Will Pearson '02 and Mangesh Hattikudar '02

Thurs 2/10 - Duke Start-Up Challenge – Executive Summaries due @ 5pm

Wed 2/23 - Distinguished Speaker Series - Mr. Emil Tedeschi

  • 2:00 PM in McClendon Auditorium*
Mr. Emil Tedeschi, Founder, President, and CEO, Atlantic Grupa d.d.
  • Emil Tedeschi is the Founder, President, CEO & majority shareholder of Atlantic Grupa, a Croatian multi-national company, with firms and representative offices in 12 countries and with exports to more than 30 markets worldwide. 
  • Mr. Tedeschi will be speaking about entrepreneurship in emerging markets, specifically “Managing and Financing Growth Strategies.”  As a highly respected entrepreneur and leader in the South East European food distribution and consumer products industries, Mr. Tedeschi has rapidly built Atlantic Grupa into an organization that holds the distribution rights to a world-class portfolio of global premium brands, such as Wrigley, Ferrero, Johnson & Johnson, Hipp, Red Bull, Duracell and others.  As a result of the largest IPO of any private company in South East Europe in late 2007, Mr. Tedeschi leads a dynamic organization which has 19,000 individual investors, and more than 50 institutional investors (mandatory pension funds and German Development Bank DEG ).
  • Beyond Croatia, Atlantic Grupa’s home market, Mr. Tedeschi has dramatically expanded Atlantic Grupa into other  European and regional markets, including Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Slovenia, Bosna and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia – with well-known regional brands, such as  Cedevita, Argeta, Barcaffe, Smoki and sports food Multipower brand.
  • Mr. Tedeschi has built his career on a variety of management positions in large international trading organizations. He is President of the Croatian Association of Employers, member of the program council for the Zagreb School of Economics and Management, member of the Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum, and has collaborated with the faculties at leading business schools such as INSEAD and the Fuqua School of Business. He is a great example of an entrepreneur who was able to build a business empire during a period of economic and political uncertainty with the Bosnian War.
  • Mr. Tedeschi has graciously arranged for samples of some of Atlantic Grupa’s consumer products to be sent all the way from Zagreb, Croatia, to be enjoyed by those who attend next Wednesday at 2:00 PM.

* Please note this is a different time and location than most Distinguished Speaker Series events.

Wed 2/23 - Leading EDGE Seminar: "Energy Entrepreneurship"

  • Hosted by Fuqua's Center for Energy Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE)
  • This seminar will focus on understanding the nature of energy-related entrepreneurial ventures.  The energy business historically has been organized around large-scale, capital-intensive, and highly regulated efforts--not typically the domain of innovators and entrepreneurs. However, the market environment is changing fast, and the need and opportunity for energy entrepreneurs has never been greater.  In this seminar, we will learn about the current energy venture landscape, the unique opportunities and challenges of growing energy-related ventures, and promising areas for entrepreneurial growth and development.  We are pleased to welcome Steven Taub, Senior Vice President of Investment Strategy-Renewables for GE’s Energy Financial Services group, who will provide the opening presentation.  In addition, we are assembling a panel of experienced entrepreneurs to share their stories about growing energy ventures.  Finally, we will conduct an interactive exercise providing feedback to a target student venture.  At the conclusion of the seminar, you are invited to a reception for all seminar participants.
  • Seats are limited, and enrollment is restricted to current Duke graduate students only.  Register here  
  • For more details about the seminar and the panelists, see:

Thurs 2/24 - Devilishly Creative - Entrepreneurship Weekend

  • Devilishly Creative consists of interactive events over the weekend designed to expose all Duke undergraduates, regardless of major, to the importance and relevance of entrepreneurial thinking and how they can employ this creative mindset to make real changes in the world. Although this event is distinctly directed toward the undergraduate population, all interested are welcome to come.
  • More info:

Fri 2/25 - TedXAshokaU - Universities Driving Global Change

  • Over the past few years, the number of universities interested in social entrepreneurship has skyrocketed. In 2004, 20 universities in the world had a course in social entrepreneurship. Today there are 90+ academic institutions in the U.S. and 122 internationally that offer courses on social entrepreneurship.
  • While Universities still lack access to best practices in social entrepreneurship education we are more and more witnessing innovative approaches that prepare students to create new opportunities, be strong leaders and build their own future. There is no doubt that Universities are becoming drivers for global change.
  • TEDxAshokaU will provide the platform to share some of the best practices used within the University roam and talk about how Universities are becoming part of a global movement to achieve positive social change.
  • Visit the website for more details:

Wed 3/2 - 6th DukeGEN multi-city Networking Event

Thurs 3/10 - Duke/Kauffman Entrepreneurship Conference

  • Duke University and the Kauffman Foundation are organizing an Entrepreneurship Conference designed to bring together leading scholars in the field. The symposium will be held at the Fuqua School of Business in Durham on Thursday, March 10, 2011. Papers in all areas of entrepreneurship are invited, but special consideration will be given to papers that address questions related to entrepreneurial finance, venture capital, and related topics at the intersection of corporate finance and entrepreneurship.
  • Conference participants are also invited to attend the Duke/UNC Corporate Finance Conference to be held at Fuqua on March 11-12, which is jointly sponsored by Fuqua and UNC.
  • Due to space constraints, the conference is by invitation only.
  • See the program here:
  • More information can be found here:

    Notable dates we are avoiding

    • 3/4 - 3/13 Undergraduate Spring Break
    • 3/6 - 3/20 Fuqua Spring Break
    • 3/10-3/13 ACC Tournament (10-13)
    • Thurs 3/10 – No session - Fuqua and Undergrad Spring Break & ACC Tournament (10-13)
    • 3/15-3/20 - NCAA Tournament Play-in, First, & Second Rounds

    Thurs 3/17 – Duke Start-Up Challenge Business Plans submitted – from the 35 semi-finalists @ 5pm

    • Upload your Business Plan to
    3/24-3/27 - NCAA Tournament Regionals

    Wed 3/23 – 11:30am-2:30pm – Semi-Finalists Investor Pitches (10 minutes)- 35 pitches, 7 tracks

    • Duke Start-Up Challenge Finalists will be selected - 7 Finalists (1 per track) and 7 Runners-up (1 per track)
    • Audience: Spectators Welcome: Open to all students, staff, faculty, alumni, parents, and invited guests
    • Learn more about this event

    Thurs 3/31 - Startup Madness

    Thurs 3/31 - Investor Pitch Finals, part of the Duke Start-Up Challenge

    • 7 Investor Pitches from Duke Start-Up Challenge Finalists to Finals Judges
    • Speaker: Melissa Bernstein '87, Co-founder/Co-Owner of Melissa & Doug
    • Location: McClendon Auditorium
    • 6:30-7pm - Food and Networking; 7pm - Investor Pitches
    • Audience: Spectators Welcome: Open to all students, staff, faculty, alumni, parents, and invited guests
    • Learn more about this event

    Wed 4/6 - David Rubenstein '70, The Carlyle Group

    • When:  Wednesday, April 6th, 2011
    • Where:  Nasher Lecture Hall @ The Nasher Museum of Art
    • New time: 5pm for an open session with the whole campus.  
    • The event is designed to take a deep, personal look into the making of David Rubenstein as an entrepreneur.  The interview will uncover the details of David's personal journey, and include topics ranging from David's upbringing to the successes / challenges in building his multi-billion dollar company.  The conversation will dive into more detail than most formal interviews, with the hope of offering the audience an opportunity to understand the mindset and learn from the actions of one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time.
    • RSVP on Facebook

    Fri 4/8 – 11th Annual Duke Start-Up Challenge Grand Finale

    • Speaker: J.B. Pritzker '87
    • Audience Choice will be based on in-person voting
    • Location: Geneen Auditorium
    • 6-7:30pm - Social Hour and Networking; 7:30-9:00pm – Competition
    • Audience: Spectators Welcome: Open to all students, staff, faculty, alumni, parents, and invited guests
    • Learn more about this event