Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Entrepreneurship At Duke Highlights for Fall 2009

Enterpreneurship at Duke Highlights for Fall 2009
In chronological order

Program for Entrepreneurs (P4E) - Class of 2011(two year program) - 50+ students applied and 70+ startup ideas.
Resulted in 16 startup teams and 80 students involved - 66 Fuqua, 8 non-Fuqua Graduate, 6 Undergraduate

Duke Entrepreneurship Education Series (DEES) - 11 events, 934 attendees (not including Eweek)
Sessions at Fuqua and Teer, with additional sessions at White Lecture Hall, Law School

Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov 16-22)
a) 10th Annual Duke Start-Up Challenge Elevator Pitch Competition with Google Ventures - 9 events, 887 attendees, 74 teams competing
b) Duke Global Entrepreneurship Network, Happy Hour in 10 cities - 10 events, 225 attendees

DukeGEN Update (as of Dec 16)
1500+ members (alumni and students) www.dukegen.com

Entrepreneurship At Duke website
Updated 12/2009

Howie

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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Joe Knight pitches for Medici MedTech at Duke's Program for Entrepreneurs P4E at New Ventures 1

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Medici MedTech presents at the final event for the Program for Entrepreneurs P4E at Duke and Fuqua. For New Ventures 1

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General Nano team presents at Program for Entrepreneurs P4E at Duke. New Ventures 1 Course NV1.

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Charge (battery swap for rickshaws) pitches at the Program for Entrepreneurs P4E at Fuqua. New Ventures 1 in 2009

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Program for Entrepreneurs P4E

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MethaneCap presents at the Program for Entrepreneurs P4E at Duke. New Ventures 1 at Fuqua

More info at www.dukeven.com

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Eye Innovations Team presents glaucoma shunt at the Fuqua Program for Entrepreneurs P4E for New Ventures 1 at Duke

www.dukeven.com for more info.

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iCampus speaks at the Program for Entrepreneurs P4E at Fuqua

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Biogenic presents at the Program for Entrepreneurs P4E New Ventures 1

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Biogenic presents at the Program for Entrepreneurs P4E final presentation for New Ventures 1 at Fuqua

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10th Annual Duke Start-Up Challenge Announces Winners of Elevator Pitch Competition

 
10th Annual Duke Start-Up Challenge Announces Winners of Elevator Pitch Competition
 
Judges, led by Google's Bill Maris, select Biogenic Medical Devices and the audience selects The Produce Purity Project from 74 original contenders
 
 
Watch the video of the entire event at www.dukestartupchallenge.org
 
December 8, 2009 (Durham, NC.) - The 10th Annual Duke Start-Up Challenge, the premiere entrepreneurship competition at Duke University, announced today that Biogenic Medical Devices, led by Garrett Muramoto (MBA'11), took home the Judge's Choice award of $1000 and The Produce Purity Project, led by Stephanie Fruth (MBA'11), won the Audience Choice award of $250 and a special gift of $500 from lead judge Bill Maris, Co-Founder of Google Ventures.  A standing room only crowd of more than 500 packed Geneen Auditorium for the Elevator Pitch Competition Final showdown on Friday November 20 where 14 teams pitched and the winners took home the prize money.  The event was broadcast live on the Internet and is now available on the Duke Start-Up Challenge website at www.dukestartupchallenge.org&nbsp ;
 
Lead judge Bill Maris, of Google Ventures, summarized the night well when he said, "I go to a lot of these, mostly in Silicon Valley.  This is probably the single best one that I've ever participated in."
The 10th Annual Duke Start-Up Challenge Elevator Pitch Competition, part of Dukes celebration of Entrepreneurship Week from November 16 to 20, brought together students from many of Duke University's schools to deliver two-minute pitches to panels of judges and live audience members. The judges determined a Judge's Choice winner, while the audience, voting via SMS text messaging on their mobile phones (similar to American Idol), determined an Audience Choice winner from each of seven competition tracks.
 
Throughout the week, there were 7 semi-finals pitch competitions with 74 Duke start-up teams competing for one of 14 spots in the Finals Event. A total of 38 undergraduate startup teams competed in the competition. The Fuqua School of Business entered 20 student startup teams, and other teams represented the Pratt Master of Engineering Management Program, the Duke School of Law, the Duke Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, the Graduate School, and the Divinity School.  Even the Duke Blue Devil made a cameo appearance at the Finals event to make his pitch – "Free Duke Start-Up Challenge T-Shirts".  Two new competition tracks were added this year – Women Entrepreneurs and Energy & Environment – to address the growing diversity of interests and participation across Duke.  Close to $6,000 in cash and prizes were awarded at the competition this year. 
 
Win or lose, every student who participated learned a tremendous amount about how to start a business and attract investors, skills that will serve them well when they leave school for the real world.  "The Duke Start-Up Challenge has been a great way to gain valuable feedback on our business idea, and meet contacts who will be great resources in the future. Especially for us undergraduates who don't receive as much business exposure, the Elevator Pitch Competition has provided us experience presenting to potential investors, and will prove invaluable to our entrepreneurial education" said Daniel Certner '10, an undergraduate who participated in the competition.
 
Duke's participation in its third Entrepreneurship Week was a tremendous success, a reflection of the rising interest in entrepreneurship within the greater Duke community.  Led by the Kauffman Foundation, Global Entrepreneurship Week is a world-wide initiative during which millions of young people around the world participate in activities aimed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.  The week included thousands of events in over 70 countries around the world. 
 
Duke's strong alumni network also had a role in celebrating Entrepreneurship Week.  The Duke Global Entrepreneurship Network (DukeGEN) hosted entrepreneur networking happy hour events for alumni in cities around the world, including Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, Sunnyvale, and San Francisco.  Local alumni from Research Triangle Park (RTP) combined their entrepreneur networking happy hour with the Finals event on November 20.  
 
To see a video recording of the finals of the Duke Start-Up Challenge Elevator Pitch Competition, visit www.dukestartupchallenge.org.  If you were inspired in some way during the week to explore your potential as an entrepreneur or if you're looking for ways to get involved at Duke, please explore www.dukestartupchallenge.org and www.dukegen.com 
Finally, keep an eye out for the Duke Start-Up Challenge events coming up next year – the Executive Summary Competition in January and the Final Business Plan Competition in April – as teams compete for the $25,000 grand prize.
 
 
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Contact:
Steven Pal (MBA'10) 
Co-President of the Duke Start-Up Challenge and Student Co-Chair of Duke Entrepreneurship Week
steven.pal@fuqua.duke.edu
 
Howie Rhee
Co-Advisor
10th Annual Duke Start-Up Challenge
919-617-1123 or media@dukegen.com 
 
About the 10th Annual Duke Start-Up Challenge
The Duke Start-Up Challenge entrepreneurship competition runs throughout the academic year, from November to April. The competition includes an Elevator Pitch Competition in November, an Executive Summary Competition in January, and a live Finals Event in April, with multiple teams winning cash and prizes throughout the competition for the best submissions. The prizes are awarded to overall best plan/presentation and best submission in each of several categories (e.g. Energy & Environment, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Products & Services, and Social Entrepreneurship).  Additionally, teams are provided with feedback from knowledgeable judges along the way to help with further development of the business concept into the next part of the Duke Start-Up Challenge and beyond.  Founded in 1999 by an ambitious group of Duke students, the competition is now celebrating its 10th year of operation. More information at www.dukestartupchallenge.org <http://www.dukestartupchallenge.org> and follow @dukestartupchal on Twitter.
 
About Global Entrepreneurship Week

With the goal to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity, Global Entrepreneurship Week will encourage youth to think big, turn their ideas into reality, and make their mark. During the week of November 16 - 22, 2009, millions of young people around the world will join a growing movement to generate new ideas and seek better ways of doing things. Tens of thousands of activities are being planned in dozens of countries. Global Entrepreneurship Week is founded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Make Your Mark campaign. For more information, visit www.unleashingideas.org <http://www.unleashingideas.org>.

About DukeGEN

DukeGEN is a sophisticated and active network that helps create debate, dialogue, and lucky encounters between Duke entrepreneurs.  We provide the energy and coordination to encourage Duke entrepreneurs, around the globe, to connect and increase their chances of success.  More information at www.dukegen.com <http://www.dukegen.com> and follow @DukeGEN on Twitter.



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Friday, November 20, 2009

an amazing night

An amazing night.  We had a packed house at the Finals Event of the Elevator Pitch Competition.
Many late nights finally coming to fruition in a big event.  Just like Steven Pal, Dan Weinstein and I had envisioned in April.

There were people sitting in the aisles, people crowded by the doors, it was standing room only and there wasn't much room to stand.

Huge speaker with Bill Maris of Google Ventures delivering a standout talk.  

And 14 sharp and honed elevator pitches.

Many months of work, weekly speakers, Program for Entrepreneurs, planning, and rehearsals, and we had a great result.

3rd Entrepreneurship Week in the books.  This one was the best yet.

Howie

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Howie Rhee, MBA
Managing Director
Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Room E167J
919-617-1123 mobile
www.fuqua.duke.edu/centers/cei

Duke Entrepreneurship Links:
- Entrepreneurship at Duke - www.EntrepreneurshipAtDuke.com
- A Duke Resource for Entrepreneurs: www.dukeVEN.com
- Weekly Education Series - www.dukeDEES.com
- Connect with Duke Entrepreneurs - www.dukegen.com
- Find a startup - www.startupmatchmaker.blogspot.com
- Duke Start-Up Challenge - www.dukestartupchallenge.org
- Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club - www.dukeevcc.com
- Twitter - http://twitter.com/EshipAtDuke
- Entering the Duke Start-Up Challenge? See example business plans - email me for a copy of Business Plan Pro (advert)

Bill Maris speaks to a packed house at the Duke Start-Up Challenge

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Packed house at Duke Start-Up Challenge Finals!!!

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Bill and Blair Sheppard speak

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Bill talks to Cerene Biomedics at DUhatch

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Duke Start-Up Challenge Elevator Pitch Competition Stats

Duke Start-Up Challenge Elevator Pitch Competition Stats

Nice increase over last year.
Total pitches (counting by tracks) - 129 (up from 68 last year)
Total teams (unique) - 74

Undergrad - 38 (up from 17 last year)
Women - 17 (new track)

Energy and Environment - 15 (new track)
Healthcare & Life Sciences - 13 (up from 7 last year)
IT & Media - 20 (up from 16 last year)
Social Enterprises - 12 (down from 15 last year)
Products & Services - 14 (up from 13 last year)

Top Schools
Trinity - 29
Fuqua - 20
Pratt - 18
Grad School (Sciences) - 6
Pratt - Master of Engineering Management - 5
Law - 3
Nicholas (Environment) - 3


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Managing Director
Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Room E167J
919-617-1123 mobile
www.fuqua.duke.edu/centers/cei

Duke Entrepreneurship Links:
- Entrepreneurship at Duke - www.EntrepreneurshipAtDuke.com
- A Duke Resource for Entrepreneurs: www.dukeVEN.com
- Weekly Education Series - www.dukeDEES.com
- Connect with Duke Entrepreneurs - www.dukegen.com
- Find a startup - www.startupmatchmaker.blogspot.com
- Duke Start-Up Challenge - www.dukestartupchallenge.org
- Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club - www.dukeevcc.com
- Twitter - http://twitter.com/EshipAtDuke
- Entering the Duke Start-Up Challenge? See example business plans - email me for a copy of Business Plan Pro (advert)

Monday, October 05, 2009

Fwd: Exciting News: Chordoma-Causing Gene Discovered

Congratulations to Josh Sommer for this great discovery.  It is quite remarkable to see what he and his team have been able to accomplish.

Howie

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Date: Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 4:17 AM
Subject: Exciting News: Chordoma-Causing Gene Discovered
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Dear Howie,

Today is a momentus day for the chordoma community - after thirteen years of research, the hunt for the genetic causes of chordoma has reached an important milestone with the discovery of a gene linked to familial chordoma. In a paper published today in Nature Genetics, investigators at Duke University and the National Cancer Institute report that duplication of the gene brachyury is a cause of familial chordoma.

Other inherited cancers are caused by mutations (misspellings in a gene), or gene deletion, but familial chordoma is the first linked to an extra copy of an entire gene. This groundbreaking discovery is potentially paradigm-shifting for cancer genetics, as it may indicate that gene amplification could be a risk factor for other types of cancer as well.

According to Dr. Michael Kelley, whose lab analyzed the DNA of familial chordoma patients, "this discovery is a classic example of where science answers one question but raises many, many more." Questions such as: why does brachyury amplification cause susceptibility to chordoma? is brachyury amplified in sporadic (non-familial) chordomas? do chordomas depend on brachyury to survive? can the effect of brachyury amplification be reversed? does reversing brachyury amplification kill chordoma cells?

While this discovery represents a major advance in the understanding of chordoma biology, only by answering these questions will researchers be able to determine what implications it has for the treatment of chordoma. The Chordoma Foundation stands ready to support these crucial follow-on studies, which will open a new frontier in chordoma research.

The importance of today's discovery cannot be understated. We salute and thank all the researchers involved in the familial chordoma study who have devoted so many years of their careers to uncovering the genetic mysteries of chordoma. We are glad to have provided funding to Dr. Kelley's lab over the past year, and are very grateful to all the donors who helped make this work possible.

Today I am more optomistic than ever before that a cure for chordoma can and will be found. No one knows how long that will take, but without a doubt today's announcement is a sign that research is accelerating in the right direction. Thank you for being a part of the journey to a cure - I look forward to sharing much more progress with you as the wave of projects sparked by this discovery start to bear fruit.

Onward!

Josh

 

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- Weekly Education Series - www.dukeDEES.com
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- Find a startup - www.startupmatchmaker.blogspot.com
- Duke Start-Up Challenge - www.dukestartupchallenge.org
- Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club - www.dukeevcc.com
- Twitter - http://twitter.com/EshipAtDuke
- Entering the Duke Start-Up Challenge? See example business plans - email me for a copy of Business Plan Pro (advert)

Friday, October 02, 2009

For past presidents and winners - Event Summary for the Duke Start-up Challenge - Kickoff Event and Match Night

Hi everyone,

The student organizers had a great event last night for the Duke Start-up Challenge.  Thought we'd share with the past presidents and winners. Please let me know if there's anybody on this list we missed.

See attached for the program and the powerpoint.

We are looking to help take the Duke Start-up Challenge to the next level and to help all Duke entrepreneurs.  It is a core part of our vision to be one of the best places for students to start companies, and to eventually get into the same orbit as MIT and Stanford.

Also, for those of you who haven't connected yet, please take a look at the Duke Global Entrepreneurship Network (DukeGEN).  We have a happy hour coming up on Nov 17th in 8+ cities.  www.dukegen.com

Thanks,
Howie

Event Summary for the Duke Start-up Challenge - Kickoff Event and Match Night
Thurs, October 1, 2009, 6:30-9pm
Co-marketed by the Duke Entrepreneurship Education Series

Executive Summary:
The Duke Start-up Challenge (DSC) had a fantastic start to the 2009-2010 academic year.  With 140 registered on facebook and over 160 attending (estimate) it was an energetic, lively crowd. After a solid overview by Shalav Gupta, co-president of the DSC, there was a welcome by Adam Mangone, co-president of the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club, www.dukeEVCC.com

Sponsors include Intersouth Partners, Wyrick Robbins, Hutchison Law Group, Hughes Pittman & Gupton, Square 1 Bank, iContact, and Palo Alto Software.

The main part of the night were the startup pitches, run by Katherine Ryzhaya, Team development lead for the DSC. There were over 20 startups that pitched, which ranged from:
-a few undergraduates including a freshmen at Duke who wanted to start a website that guided high school students on how to get into college.  
-several Fuqua MBA students pitching startups based on technologies and innovations, including a medical device for to treat urinary incontincence , as well as a nanotechnology innovation that has created the world's longest carbon nanotubes
-a Master of Engineering Management student located in the DUhatch Student Business Incubator
-a few Duke PhD students wanting to bring their technologies out of their lab, including one prosthetic arm innovation recently profiled on 60 Minutes
-a few members of Research Triangle Park community with innovations looking for students to help them launch.

The formal part of the Kickoff Event was closed by Steve Pal, co-president of the Duke Start-Up Challenge. 

Though it was late in the night, a surprising number of people (estimate of 75) stayed afterwards for the matching event.  Color coded dots on the name badges helped people with similar interests connect with one another.  Several of the presenters reported making good connections at the networking session.

The Kickoff event has been a part of the Duke Start-up Challenge in various forms, depending on the year, sometimes including pitches, sometimes not.  I think tonight's formula, with the mix of introduction, pitches, and networking, was a solid formula and is worth repeating in future years.

The Duke Start-Up Challenge was conceived of in 1999 and the first academic year of the competition was 2000-2001. 

Photos and videos of the event will be available at www.picasaweb.google.com/eshipatduke and www.youtube.com/eshipatduke.

Additional thanks to the great volunteers that are part of the Duke Start-Up Challenge who helped last night, including (but not limited to) Daniel Weinstein, Peter Brown, Jason Henderson, Jason Begleiter, Vatsala Kabra, Michelle Marais, Jozef Krakora, Vignesh Loganthan, Danni Lin, Lalith Devulapalli, Kwame Johnson, Justin Healy, and Nick Donowitz. And thanks to Cate Smith at Meriwe-ther-Godsey and to the BMO (Glenn Reynolds, Jeff Sturkey, Scott Plueddeman, Chuck Roberson). Thanks to advisors and supporters Barry Myers, Jon Fjeld, and Larry Boyd. Apologies to any names left off accidentally.

Written by Howie Rhee, Co-advisor to the Duke Start-Up Challenge
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Howie Rhee, MBA
Managing Director
Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Room E167J
919-617-1123 mobile
hwr2@duke.edu
www.fuqua.duke.edu/centers/cei

Watch our video: www.fuqua.duke.edu/wakeup

Duke Entrepreneurship Links:
- Entrepreneurship at Duke - www.EntrepreneurshipAtDuke.com
- A Duke Resource for Entrepreneurs: www.dukeVEN.com
- Weekly Education Series - www.dukeDEES.com
- Connect with Duke Entrepreneurs - www.dukegen.com
- Find a startup - www.startupmatchmaker.blogspot.com
- Duke Start-Up Challenge - www.dukestartupchallenge.org
- Entrepreneurship Week - www.eweekatduke.com
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- Blog - www.howierhee.blogspot.com
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Fuqua Board meeting in Kirby Reading Room - setup w powerpoint and conference room setup

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