Monday, December 15, 2008

Congratulations to Cerene Biomedics

Congratulations to Cerene Biomedics, which travelled to SEBIO ( and won their track to win $100,000.  

Cerene previously won the Duke Start-Up Challenge in the spring of 2008.

From CNN's spring write-up "Cerene Biomedics is working to prevent seizures using a kind of high-tech brain freeze."


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Standing room only at the Duke Start-up Challenge Elevator Pitch Competition

We had a fantastic turnout for the Elevator Pitch Competition on Wednesday, November 19th. This event was run by the Duke Start-Up Challenge ( and was tied in with Entrepreneurship Week at Duke University (

Congrats to Cerene Biomedics

Congrats to Cerene Biomedics for being selected to present at SEBIO!

Cerene has participated in Barry Myer's Invention to Application course, as well as being the winner of the Duke Start-Up Challenge in the spring of 2008. 

A great Fall 2008

It's been a great (and rather busy) Fall 2008 here at Duke University.

Some highlights:
1) Over 60 competitors at our Elevator Pitch Competiton (part of the Duke Start-Up Challenge) up from around 25 last year.
2) Entrepreneurship Week at Duke University 2008 was a great success.  Pictures can be seen at, and the website for the event is at  We had between 11 great events that engaged undergraduated, the School of Medicine, Fuqua, Law, etc...
3)  Launched the Program for Entrepreneurs, a pilot program that lets eight students receive an MBA while starting a company (with course credit).  We have eight great and motivated students going through this program.
4)  Had our first official Duke Entrepreneurship Education Series, a weekly series where we brought speakers in, and walked students through the process of starting a company. 
5)  Held our first "One Day Startup", a set of workshops where students work to start a company in one day.  We had 70 students spend their Saturday with us, and had great feedback on the event.