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


--
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)