The Duke Startup Challenge is an entrepreneurship competition that runs the course of the academic year, from November to April. The competition includes an Elevator Pitch Competition in November, an Executive Summary Competition in February, a Business Plan Competition in March and the DSC Grand Finale in April. Refer to the calendar below for the key events and dates. Several cash and in-kind prizes are awarded to participants in every phase of the Duke Start-Up Challenge. Teams are also provided with feedback at every phase by a panel of reputed judges, to help them progress to the next stages of the Duke Start-Up Challenge and beyond. The Duke Start-Up Challenge was founded in 1999 by an ambitious group of Duke students.
There are five functional tracks (i.e. tracks corresponding to industry areas) and two special interest tracks. Each participating team can compete in up to three tracks; one functional, and two special interest tracks. The tracks for the are the following:
- Energy & Environment
- Healthcare & Life Sciences
- IT, Internet & Media
- Social Enterprises (including non-profits)
- Other Products & Services (a catch-all for ideas that don’t fit the other functional tracks)
Special interest tracks:
- Undergraduate-led Startups (led by and originated by a current Duke undergraduate)
- Women-led Startups (led by and originated by a Duke woman)
- International Startups (focused on or based in international locations)
Visit the Duke University Startup Challenge website for more information. Entries must be submitted by October 30, 2013.