Thank you to all who joined us at the Grand Finale of the 16th Annual Duke Startup Challenge!
September 30th, 7:30 pm Geneen Auditorium at the Fuqua School of Business
Congratulations to Afreen and Cromoz (d/b/a SiNON) on winning the $50,000 Wickett Family Prize and the $2,500 Duke Angel Network and I&E Task Force Prize at our Grand Finale! Read more about her team and our other finalists below.
2014-2015 Alumni Prize Winner Announced...
Congratulations to Tom Austin and Bungalow Insurance for winning the 2014-2015 Duke Start-Up Challenge Alumni/Faculty/Staff Prize.
"I’m enormously grateful for the opportunities that Duke has granted me."
— Matt Pleatman, Trinity '13, Refresh Innovations
"The Duke Startup Challenge helped focus our ideas, more clearly express our concepts, and explore how to explain a complicated problem to an uninformed public."
— Robert Ross, John Thrush, and Nicolai Tvermoes, WEMBA '09, Wastewater and Sewer Solutions
"Start early, work hard, and seek advice."
— Jack Beuttell, MEM/MBA '14, VentureFarming
Vamsee Pamula and Michael Pollack's (DSC '00) startup Advanced Liquid-Logic acquired by Illumina
Acquisition a Key Component in the Development of Complete Sample-to-Answer Solutions for Next-Generation Sequencing
Study shows Stanford alumni create nearly $3 trillion in economic impact each year. Read more...
Rachael Chong's (DSC '09) startup Catchafire helps professionals use their skills to make a difference
Catchafire matches professionals who want to give their skills with nonprofits and social enterprises that need their help. Read more...
Matt Kane, Jeff Smith, and Derek Jantz (DSC '06) help break the genetic code with Precision Biosciences
Precision BioSciences' Directed Nuclease Editor (DNE) is a robust platform for genome engineering. Read more...
Surgeons at Duke University Hospital implant bioengineered vein created by Humacyte (DSC '05)
In a first-of-its-kind operation in the United States, a team of doctors at Duke University Hospital helped create a bioengineered blood vessel and implanted it into the arm of a patient with end-stage kidney disease. Read more...
Max Hodak (DSC '08) raises $1.2 million for his latest startup Transcriptic
Transcriptic is a platform for biology: a system where, rather than carrying out your protocols by hand as the vast majority of basic research is done today, you can simply send them to us for execution on our automation. Read more...
James Sawabini's startup Zamsolar (DSC '12) recently helped Sinda Village go solar
Zamsolar empowers off-grid Zambian households with affordable, reliable clean energy solutions. Read more...
BaseTrace (DSC '12) is a breakthrough application of cutting-edge DNA tracer technology for hydraulic fracturing.
Our solution is BaseTrace, a well-specific DNA-based tracer that can be added to the hydraulic fracturing fluid. Read more...
Co-President, Duke Startup Challenge
Duke Law, '16
Howie Rhee '04
Lead Advisor, Duke Startup Challenge
Advisor, Duke Startup Challenge
T. Reid Lewis '84
Advisor, Duke Startup Challenge
Social Entrepreneurship Advisor, Duke Startup Challenge
Judd Staples '92 '02
Treasurer, Duke Startup Challenge
Clean Energy Track Advisor, Duke University Energy Initiative
Jeff Ward '09
Duke Startup Ventures Clinic, Duke Law
Jesko von Windheim
Professor of the Practice, Nicholas School of the Environment
David Cummings endows Frank Borchardt Undergraduate Prize Fund.
"As a freshman at Duke I was part of a first year program where students elected to join 29 other students and study a particular topic, in our case, Computers in Society. One of my courses was Instructional Technologies, taught by Professor Frank Borchardt." Read more.
Wickett Family Prize - $50,000
Thank you to the Wickett Family for providing the Grand Prize for the Duke Startup Challenge.
AARP Foundation Prize - $5,000
AARP Foundation is working with struggling individuals age 50 and above by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: hunger, housing, income and isolation. The Duke Startup Challenge is proud to team with them on this prize. Learn more
Alumni / Staff / Faculty Prize - $10,000
The Duke Startup Challenge awards $10,000 to the best team led by an alumnus, staff or faculty member.