Startup Showcase

Present your start-up company to early stage investors. All Duke alumni, students, staff, faculty, parents, and invited guests, are welcome to attend these events.

16th DukeGEN Startup Showcase - San Francisco

posted Mar 26, 2017, 1:38 PM by Coco Chen   [ updated Apr 5, 2017, 10:04 AM by Howie Rhee ]

You're invited!  Attend our 16th DukeGEN Startup Showcase in San Francisco. The DukeGEN Startup Showcase is a great event for learning about entrepreneurship, seeing the latest Duke startups, and meeting other entrepreneurial Dukies.  We select several startups founded by Dukies to pitch to a panel of Duke investors. See our blog posts summarizing past events: 2011 in NYC, 2011 in San Francisco, and 2010 in NYC.
 
This event will be held on June 12th  **Space is limited**

Next steps:

- Want to attend? RSVP on SquadUp
- Want to watch the livestream? Watch live on YouTube (the program starts at 7pm ET)  

Hosted by 
- Matt Koidin '05, Pocket
- Jen Snook '04 '11 
- Howie Rhee '04, Duke University
- Bobby Brenman '09, Google
- Tracie Henson Rotter '04, Google Ventures 
- Chase Olivieri '11, PLUSfoam Technologies
- David Perkins '14, Avibe 
- Coco Chen '19, Duke Undergrad (yike.chen@duke.edu)



Questions?  Email us at dukegen@duke.edu

15th DukeGEN Startup Showcase - NYC

posted Aug 22, 2016, 7:26 PM by Coco Chen   [ updated Nov 11, 2016, 12:01 PM ]

You're invited!  Attend our 15th DukeGEN Startup Showcase in New York City. The DukeGEN Startup Showcase is a great event for learning about entrepreneurship, seeing the latest Duke startups, and meeting other entrepreneurial Dukies.  We select several startups founded by Dukies to pitch to a panel of Duke investors. See our blog posts summarizing past events: 2011 in NYC, 2011 in San Francisco, and 2010 in NYC.
 
This event will be held on November 14th, 2016 at Yext (1 Madison Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10010). **Space is limited**

Teams Presenting:

Broadway Plus
Nathaniel Hill - Trinity '12

Debitize

Jeff Hu - Pratt ‘09

New York

jeff@debitize.com

https://debitize.com


Ello Raw

Becky Holmes - Trinity '15

Raleigh

becky@elloraw.com

http://www.elloraw.com/


Focusmate

Taylor Jacobson - Trinity ‘07

City: New York

taylor@focusmate.com

http://focusmate.com


LuckyDiem

Andrew Landis - Trinity '89

New York

andrew@luckydiem.com

https://luckydiem.com/

Otterplan 
Lisa Ganderson - Fuqua/Nicholas '14
Rachael Classi - Fuqua '14

Pippa

Erick Rabin - Trinity ‘09

New York

erick@pippa.io

www.pippa.io


RateFrame

Seth Squadron - Trinity ‘97

Bedford Hills

seth@rateframe.com

www.rateframe.com


Vamoose

Cefi Menda - Trinity ‘16

City: New York

cefimenda@intellioninc.com

www.getvamooseapp.com


Our panelists for this year's event include:

Adam Besvinick - Duke '09
Deep Fork Capital
adam.k.besvinick@gmail.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/besvinick

Amanda Freeman - Duke '97
SLT
https://www.linkedin.com/in/amanda-freeman-95b61614

Andrew Brown - Duke '11
Google
andrew@andrewcbrown.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewbrown11

Darien Covelens - Duke '12
Audible
covelens@audible.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/dariencovelens

Jonathan Drillings - Duke '04
The Riverside Companydrillings@gmail.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jdrillings

Mangesh Hattikudur - Duke '01
Mentalfloss
Mangesh@mentalfloss.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/mangesh-hattikudur-25098b5b

Steve Brotman - Duke '90
Alpha Venture Partners
https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevebrotman

Next steps:

- Want to attend? RSVP on SquadUp or on Facebook 
- Want to watch the livestream? Watch live on YouTube (the program starts at 7pm ET)  

Hosted by 
Sara Adam '13
Darien Covelens '12
Molly Himmelstein '12
Devon Bostock '11, '12
Howie Rhee '04
Kelly Garvy '15

This event is sponsored by Duke alum Matt Tolnick, and his startup Lawless Jerky. Tolnick founded Lawless Jerky after deciding his career in law was making him decidedly less happy. Following a successful Kickstarter launch, Lawless Jerky has thrived over the past 3 years. Differentiated by its all-natural profile, use of better ingredients and seven world-inspired Braver Flavers™, Lawless Jerky is available nationwide at more than 8,000 stores, and at top online retailers.

At Lawless Jerky, half of our executives are Duke alums as well as half a dozen of our investors.


Questions?  Email us at dukegen@duke.edu

The 14th DukeGEN Startup Showcase - San Francisco

posted Feb 11, 2016, 7:39 AM by Vivian Chung   [ updated Jun 8, 2016, 4:37 PM by Howie Rhee ]

You're invited! Attend our 14th DukeGEN Startup Showcase in San Francisco. The DukeGEN Startup Showcase is a great event for learning about entrepreneurship, seeing the latest Duke startups, and meeting other entrepreneurial Dukies. We select several startups founded by Dukies to pitch to a panel of Duke investors. See our blog posts summarizing past events: 2011 in NYC2011 in San Francisco, and 2010 in NYC.

This event will be held on June 8th. 6pm - Networking and Food, 7pm - Event
Location: Google's office in San Francisco, 345 Spear St, 7th Floor

The Duke startups that will be pitching are:

Our panelists for this year's event include:
Shea DiDonna - Fuqua ’10
Founder & CEO at Zana
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sheatatedidonna 

Josh Felser - T ’86, Fuqua ‘90
Cofounder at Freestyle and ClimateX
https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshfelser

Bob Ghoorah - Duke Law ‘97
Counselor/Investor
https://www.linkedin.com/in/bob-ghoorah-a3569

Jim Scheinman - T ‘88
Founding Managing Partner, Maven Ventures
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jscheinman 

Carlos Whitt - T ‘ 01
Entrepreneur
https://www.linkedin.com/in/whitt

Tim Wilson - Fuqua ‘83
Partner, Artiman Ventures
https://www.linkedin.com/in/tim-wilson-9ab6 

Magdalena Yesil
Founder - Broadway Angels
http://www.broadway-angels.com/magdalena-yesil-bio/

Diana Moldavsky - Fuqua '10
Partner, 500 Startups

Kip Frey - Duke Law '85
Duke Angel Network
https://www.linkedin.com/in/kipfrey

Notable past participants include:

Next steps: 
Want to attend? RSVP on SquadUp
- Want to watch the livestream? Watch live on YouTube (the program starts at 7pm PT) - For those of you unable to attend in person, watch the Startup Showcase live on Youtube! 


Organizers: 
- Matt Koidin '05, Pocket
- Jen Snook '04 '11
- Howie Rhee '04, Duke University
- Bobby Brenman '09, Google
- Tracie Henson Rotter '04, Google Ventures
- Chase Olivieri '11, PLUSfoam Technologies
- David Perkins '14, Avibe
- Vivian Chung '16, Duke Undergrad
- Neil Wu '19, Duke Undergrad (neil.wu@duke.edu)
- Coco Chen '19, Duke Undergrad (yike.chen@duke.edu)
 
Questions? Email us at dukegen@duke.edu

The 13th Startup Showcase - Seattle

posted Dec 8, 2015, 1:34 PM by Vivian Chung   [ updated Jan 27, 2016, 6:14 PM ]


The 13th DukeGEN Startup Showcase will be held at Maveron in Seattle on Thursday, January 21st, 2016 from 5:30pm-8:30pm. 


The DukeGEN Startup Showcase is a great event for learning about entrepreneurship, seeing the latest Duke startups, and meeting other entrepreneurial Dukies. We select six startups founded by Dukies to pitch to a panel of Duke investors. See our blog posts summarizing past events: 2011 in NYC2011 in San Francisco, and 2010 in NYC.


The Duke startups that will be pitching are:

Actively Learn
Jay Goyal
Trinity 2001
jay@activelylearn.com
http://www.activelylearn.com

Freewheel
Thomas Bates
Trinity 1997
thomasabates@gmail.com
http://www.freewheelcargo.com

Mod by Me
Milena Saboya
Fuqua 2007
milena.saboya@hotmail.com
http://www.modbyme.com

Neurun
Cade Netscher
Trinity 2016
cade.netscher@duke.edu
No website yet

OutOfTowner
Megan Jayaraj
Fuqua 2016
megan.jayaraj@duke.edu
No website yet

Poros
John Borofka
Pratt 2007
john@porosbags.com
http://www.porosbags.com

VIA Global Health
Noah Perin
Fuqua/Sanford 2006
noah@viaglobalhealth.com
http://www.viaglobalhealth.com

Panelists include:
  • Kristina Bergman, Ignition Partners
  • David Harris or Rebecca Lovell, City of Seattle
  • Dan Levitan, Maveron
  • Court Lorenzini, CookBrite
  • Jimmy Rosen, Gates Foundation
  • Julie Sandler, Madrona Venture Group
  • Scott Weller, Radian Labs 
  • Bill Bryant, DFJ
Next Step:
Want to attend? RSVP on SquadUp
- We'll also be livestreaming on Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship's YouTube channel at 6:15pm PT. 
- Questions? Contact Jeremy Zaretzky at jeremyz@wirespring.com and Howie Rhee at hwr2@duke.edu

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Hosted by 
Jeremy Zaretzky '00
Howie Rhee '04

12th DukeGEN Startup Showcase - NYC

posted Sep 9, 2015, 4:45 PM by Vivian Chung   [ updated Nov 17, 2015, 12:52 PM by Howie Rhee ]

You're invited!  Attend our 12th DukeGEN Startup Showcase in New York City. The DukeGEN Startup Showcase is a great event for learning about entrepreneurship, seeing the latest Duke startups, and meeting other entrepreneurial Dukies.  We select several startups founded by Dukies to pitch to a panel of Duke investors. See our blog posts summarizing past events: 2011 in NYC, 2011 in San Francisco, and 2010 in NYC.
 
This event will be held on November 18th, 2015 at Yext (1 Madison Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10010). **Space is limited**

Teams Presenting:
Bungalow Insurance
Tom Austin ‘08 , New York, NY , tom@bungalowinsurance.com
Zack Stiefler ‘09 , New York, NY , zack@bungalowinsurance.com

CookNook
Neil A. Shah ‘11, Washington, DC, neil@cooknooknow.com

FarmShots
Joy Patel ‘17, Durham, NC, joy@farmshots.com 
Rebecca Lai ‘16, Durham, NC, bec@farmshots.com 

FotoSwipe
Brad Rubin ‘14, Durham, NC, brad@fotoswipe.com

OneHive
Vivek Chugh, vchugh@gmail.com 
Krishnan Hariharan ‘09, Durham, NC, krishnanh@gmail.com

Optoid Print3d Eyewear
James Kim ‘06 Brooklyn, NY myoptoid@gmail.com
Ashwath Muralidharan ‘13 New York, NY ashwathm1790@gmail.com

Peachy Labs
Sam Meldrum ‘16, New York, NY sam@peachylabs.com 

Sparc
Maury Hanigan, ‘79, New York, NY maury@sparcstart.com


Our panelists for this year's event include:
Steve Brotman '90
Lawrence Lenihan '87
Bill Luby '85
Mangesh Hattikudur '01
Amin Makhani '08
Matt Witheiler '03


Next steps:
- Want to attend? RSVP on SquadUp
- Want to watch the livestream? Watch live on YouTube (the program starts at 7pm ET)  

Hosted by 
Sara Adam '13
Darien Covelens '12
Molly Himmelstein '12
Devon Bostock '11, '12
Howie Rhee '04

Questions?  Email us at dukegen@duke.edu

11th DukeGEN Startup Showcase - San Francisco

posted Feb 24, 2015, 7:44 PM by Vivian Chung   [ updated Aug 16, 2015, 12:02 PM by Howie Rhee ]

Post Event Update:
  • Winners!
    • Audience Choice: FarmShots - Josh Miller, josh@farmshots.com
    • Judges Choice: Vocatio - Patrick Jones, patrick@careerjourneygps.com

You're invited! Attend our 11th DukeGEN Startup Showcase in San Francisco. The DukeGEN Startup Showcase is a great event for learning about entrepreneurship, seeing the latest Duke startups, and meeting other entrepreneurial Dukies. We select several startups founded by Dukies to pitch to a panel of Duke investors. See our blog posts summarizing past events: 2011 in NYC, 2011 in San Francisco, and 2010 in NYC.

This event will be held on Wednesday, June 3th. **Space is limited**
Location: Google's office in San Francisco, 345 Spear St, 6th Floor

The Duke startups that will be pitching are:
  • Model Citizen is a peer-to-peer shopping platform for women to shop each others' closets!  Our social style sharing community allows women to rent and sell items from their closet.  Model Citizen is creating one, large, virtual closet, providing consumers with a new retail model and source for clothing ownership.  We are providing solutions and creating new ecosystems in following markets: the sharing economy, e-commerce, and consignment. 
  • Bikes of Reckless Optimism (Bikes O.R.O.) builds commuter bikes for socially conscious consumers. For every O.R.O. bike purchased, we directly support the donation of a bike to someone in need.
  • FarmShots is a tool to help farmers monitor their crops via satellite, drone, and manned aircraft imagery 
  • Avibe is a social music network that tracks what you play across streaming platforms. Upvote, send, and discover music to earn points and win rewards.
  • Discors is a mobile news app that replaces user comments with expert commentary
  • YesApp is a mobile-first social discovery app that lets you discover amazing stuff, collect the things you love, and buy it all in one place.
  • Ropazi is a curated marketplace that brings together fashion forward moms looking to buy unique clothes for their kids AND the indie designers who create these fashions. Co-founded by Duke and Stanford grads
  • ello.raw makes raw dessert bites that are nutritious and healthy
  • Vocatio is vocationally themed media network and engagement platform that uses eHarmony like technology for career discovery, exploration, preparation and matching of entry-level candidates with employers

Our panelists for this year's event include:
  • Josh Felser, Freestyle Capital
  • Jim Scheinman, Maven Ventures
  • Victor Ghitescu, AngelList
  • John Glushik, Intersouth Partners, Duke Angel Network
  • Shanna Tellerman, Google Ventures
  • Sunny Kantha, Corporate Development at Coupons.com, formerly with Norwest Venture Partners
  • Magdalena Yesil, Investor 
  • Nicholas Zaldastani, Managing Director at Zaldastani Ventures 
Notable past participants include:

Next steps:
- Want to attend? RSVP on SquadUp
- Want to watch the livestream? Watch live on YouTube (the program starts at 7pm PT) - For those of you unable to attend in person, watch the Startup Showcase live on Youtube!


Organizers:
- Basil Enan '03, Coverhound
- Matt Koidin '05, Pocket
- Jen Snook '04 '11
- Howie Rhee '04, Duke University
- John Solomon '03, SuperBetter Labs
- Bobby Brenman '09, Google
- Tracie Henson Rotter '04, Google Ventures 
- Vivian Chung '16, Duke Undergrad

Questions? Email us at dukegen@duke.edu

10th DukeGEN Startup Showcase in New York City

posted Sep 5, 2014, 8:47 AM by Vivian Chung   [ updated Nov 19, 2014, 2:09 PM by Howie Rhee ]

You're invited!  Attend our 10th DukeGEN Startup Showcase in New York City. The DukeGEN Startup Showcase is a great event for learning about entrepreneurship, seeing the latest Duke startups, and meeting other entrepreneurial Dukies.  We select several startups founded by Dukies to pitch to a panel of Duke investors. See our blog posts summarizing past events: 2011 in NYC, 2011 in San Francisco, and 2010 in NYC.
 
This event will be held on Tuesday, November 18 from 6:00-9:00pm at AppNexus (28 West 23rd Street 4th Floor New York, NY 10010). **Space is limited**

The Duke startups that will be pitching are:
Our panelists for this year's event include:

Notable past participants include:

Next steps:
- Want to attend? RSVP on SquadUp
- Want to watch the livestream? Watch live on YouTube (the program starts at 7pm ET)  

Hosted by 
Meghan Drake '11
Alex Guttler '05, '12
Howie Rhee '04 
Sara Adam '13

Questions?  Email us at dukegen@duke.edu

9th DukeGEN Startup Showcase in San Francisco

posted Mar 5, 2014, 11:47 AM by Howie Rhee   [ updated Jun 16, 2014, 4:28 PM by Vivian Chung ]

Missed the event? Watch the Startup Showcase on YouTube here!

You're invited!  Attend our 9th DukeGEN Startup Showcase in San Francisco. The DukeGEN Startup Showcase is a great event for learning about entrepreneurship, seeing the latest Duke startups, and meeting other entrepreneurial Dukies.  We select six startups founded by Dukies to pitch to a panel of Duke investors. See our blog posts summarizing past events: 2011 in NYC, 2011 in San Francisco, and 2010 in NYC.
 
This event will be held on Wednesday, June 4th from 6:00-9:00pm at Google’s San Francisco Office (345 Spear St, San Francisco, CA 94105). **Space is limited**

The Duke startups that will be pitching are:
  • CrowdTunes – Digital cloud-based jukebox
    • Brandon Magsamen ’14, Durham, NC, brandonmags@gmail.com
  • RocketBolt – Customer conversion tool for websites
    • Aaron Dinin ‘05, Durham, NC & San Francisco, CA, aaron@rocketbolt.com
  • EasyNDA – Enterprise NDA Management
    • Crick Waters ’83 ‘92, Palo Alto, CA, Crick@EasyNDA.com
  • Coheezion – Automated data analytics
    • Dave Anderson ’10, Saratoga, CA, dave@coheezion.com
  • All9s – Vendor-agnostic replication, and recovery solution for cloud-based data
    • Arturo Fagundo ’13, San Francisco, CA and Boston, MA, arturo@all9s.com
    • Beau Epperly ’13, San Francisco, CA and Boston, MA, beau@all9s.com
  • Fawn – Live Photo Broadcasting.  Here. Now. 
    • Josh Israels ’05, San Francisco, CA, josh@fawnapp.com
  • Final Card – A credit card for the 21st century
    • Andrew Dietrich ’12, San Francisco, CA, andrew.dietrich@gmail.com

Our panelists for this year's event include:
- Josh Felser '86 '90, Freestyle Capital 
- Jim Scheinman '88, Maven Ventures
- Shea DiDonna '10, True Ventures
- Ash Fontana, AngelList
- Fred Ehrsam '10, Coinbase
- Blake Byers '07, Google Ventures
- Tim Wilson '83, Artiman Ventures

Notable past participants include:
Getable (formerly Rentcycle), Tim Hyer
Coverhound, Basil Enan
The Daily Muse, Kathryn Minshew
Hukkster, Katie Finnegan

Next steps:
- Want to pitch your startup?  Email dukegen@duke.edu with your powerpoint deck, to be considered. **DEADLINE IS MAY 1**
- Want to attend?  RSVP on Eventbrite
- Want to watch the livestream? Watch live on YouTube (the program starts at 7pm PT)  


Organizers:
- Basil Enan '03, Coverhound
- Matt Koidin '05, Pocket
- Jen Snook '04 '11 
- Howie Rhee '04, Duke University
- John Solomon '03, SuperBetter Labs 
- Bobby Brenman '09 Google
- Tracie Henson Rotter '04 Google Ventures 
- Vivian Chung '16 Duke Undergrad 

Questions?  Email us at dukegen@duke.edu

8th DukeGEN Startup Showcase

posted Sep 11, 2013, 8:18 AM by Howie Rhee   [ updated Nov 18, 2013, 1:03 PM ]

The 8th DukeGEN Startup Showcase will be held at AppNexus (28 W 23rd St) in New York City on Monday, November 18, 2013 from 6-9pm.

The DukeGEN Startup Showcase a great event for learning about entrepreneurship, seeing the latest Duke startups, and meeting other entrepreneurial Dukies.  We select six startups founded by Dukies to pitch to a panel of Duke investors. See our blog posts summarizing past events: 2011 in NYC2011 in San Francisco, and 2010 in NYC.

Notable past participants include:
- Getable (formerly Rentcycle), Tim Hyer
- Coverhound, Basil Enan
- The Daily Muse, Kathryn Minshew
- Hukkster, Katie Finnegan

Panelists include:
  • Thomas Lehrman '95, MasterStreet
  • Matt Witheiler '03, Flybridge Capital Partners
  • Lisa Blau '97
  • Chris LaSala '98, Google
  • Howie Lerman '02, Yext
  • Geoff Kanter '89, Martin Kanter
Want to attend? RSVP to attend this event on Eventbrite and join over 140 other Dukies who will be attending.  
 6pm - Networking and food are available
 7pm - Program begins

We'll also be livestreaming on Fuqua's YouTube channel at 7pm.

Questions? Contact Alex Guttler at a alex.guttler@gmail.com and Howie Rhee at hwr2@duke.edu

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Hosted by 
Meghan Gallagher '11
John Miles '00, '10
Alex Guttler '05, '12
Howie Rhee '04 
Sara Adam '13

7th DukeGEN Angel Pitch Event, sponsored by Credit Suisse

posted Mar 26, 2013, 1:32 PM by Howie Rhee   [ updated Jun 12, 2013, 2:21 PM ]

Over 40 Duke startups have applied to pitch at the 7th DukeGEN Angel Pitch Event!

You're invited!  Attend our 7th DukeGEN Angel Pitch Event in San Francisco. The DukeGEN Angel Pitch Event is a great event for learning about entrepreneurship, seeing the latest Duke startups, and meeting other entrepreneurial Dukies.  We select six startups founded by Dukies to pitch to a panel of Duke investors. See our blog posts summarizing past events: 2011 in NYC, 2011 in San Francisco, and 2010 in NYC.
 
This event will be held on Wednesday, June 12th from 6:00-9:00pm at Google’s San Francisco Office (345 Spear St, San Francisco, CA 94105).

The Duke startups that will be pitching are:
  • AnyCloud, Inc. - Personal Meta Cloud 
    • Brian Jenkins, 1991, Palo Alto, CA, bjenkins@anycloud.io 
  • Coursefork - We are Github for courses. 
    • Elliott Hauser, 2005, Durham, NC, eah13@mac.com 
  • Dynamo Micropower - Alternative Energy Genset 
    • Jason Ethier, 2010, Boston, MA, jason@dynamo-micropower.com 
  • Ink* - World's first online tutoring marketplace 
    • Melvin Hines, 2011, Durham, NC, mhinesjr@inkacademics.com 
  • Jobbertunity - Eliminating manual resume drop at career fairs 
    • Ameya Kulkarni, 2013, San Francisco, CA, ak240@duke.edu and Amy Vaduthalakuzhy, 2013, San Francisco, CA, amy.vaduthalakuzhy@fuqua.duke.edu
  • Peer - Connect unacquainted professionals over live video 
    • Ofer Baharav, 2007, San Francisco, CA, ofer.baharav@alumni.duke.edu 
  • Your Perfect Beauty - Yelp for Beauty Products 
    • Daisy Jing, 2010, Los Angeles, daisy@yourperfectbeauty.com 

Our panelists for this year's event include:
- Josh Felser '86 '90, Freestyle Capital 
- Jay Jamison '92, BlueRun
- Jim Scheinman '88, Maven Ventures
- Ash Fontana, AngelList

Notable past participants include:
- Getable (formerly Rentcycle), Tim Hyer
Coverhound, Basil Enan
- The Daily Muse, Kathryn Minshew
- Hukkster, Katie Finnegan

Prize will include a review of the winning team by Naval Ravikant, co-founder of AngelList

Thank you to our sponsor!


Next steps:
- Want to pitch your startup?  Sorry, the application is closed!
- Want to attend?  RSVP on Eventbrite
- Want to watch the livestream? Watch live on YouTube (the program starts at 7pm PT)  or try the Duke Today link

Organizers:
- Basil Enan '03, Coverhound
- Matt Koidin '05, Pocket
- Shaan Puri '10, Monkey Inferno
- Howie Rhee '04, Duke University
- John Solomon '03, SuperBetter Labs 

Questions?  Email us at dukegen@duke.edu

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