Monday, April 27, 2009

Duke Start-Up Challenge videos and audio

Below is the full set of video and audio files from the Duke Start-Up Challenge finals event.  Click on the link to start viewing the video/listening to the audio.

You can watch the entire event at:

Or you can watch individual videos below.

Entogenetics has solved a puzzle that has been at the center of fabric science for more than 20+ years, the ability to produce ‘spider silk’ in a scalable form.  Spider silk is an organic fabric which is light, incredibly elastic, and tougher than Kevlar.  Entogenetics has discovered how to transfer the spider’s production gene into the common silk worm, creating the means for large scale, inexpensive spider silk production and creating multiple new market opportunities based on the application of this remarkable fiber.


GrowthTree  is a self-development website. The mission of GrowthTree is to help individuals to create fulfilling lives, drawing on psychological frameworks of goal pursuit. Specifically, GrowthTree (1) helps users to identify goals in various domains of their lives, (2) helps identify concrete behaviors that are markers of movement towards goals, and (3) provides metrics for monitoring progress towards goals. GrowthTree achieves its objective through sophisticated features like automated reminders, smart phone applications and a community aspect to the website. GrowthTree – create a fulfilling life!


Trace-Aid is an educational toy designed to help children with Autism develop their fine-motor coordination skills through practicing handwriting.  The device is fully customizable by a parent or a teacher as to the figure or design to be traced by the student, and music plays during correct tracing activity providing positive reinforcement in a manner proven especially effective in children with Autism.  Ultimately, Trace-Aid will diversify to find its way into schools and homes of all children learning to write, as well as individuals looking to practice during drawing foreign characters.


Kaibo Investment Ltd. specializes in the design and construction of full-featured, environment-friendly expressway service areas (ESA) in China.  Our team has extensive experience in highway construction project planning and execution.


Smart Billiards is a consumer electronics product that helps pool players get better and have more fun at the same time.


Wimzii is an online search engine for apparel (think Google for clothes) which combines elements of search and social shopping to allow consumers to make the most informed products.


Catchafire is a for-profit social venture that will bridge the divide between the social sector and the business sector, renew corporations with a purpose and a place in their communities, and ignite a movement of pro bono service to increase the power that nonprofits and social entrepreneurs have in serving our communities.


Evolve is a comprehensive culinary job training program focused targeting transitionally homeless individuals in the Durham community and providing them with the necessary skills to thrive in the restaurant and food service industry.


Plato’s RepublicAs parents become seriously concerned about childhood obesity and their child’s academic solution, Plato’s Republic provides a unique solution to these concerns—interactive physical fitness via exergaming (a new and innovative way to provide exercise using video games and electronics) coupled with academic support and enrichment.  Daily after school sessions include one hours of exergaming coupled with one hour of enrichment, as well as a nutritious snack and beverage.


Knoesis  seeks to develop bio-analytical hardware and reagents enabling cost-effective clinical diagnostics.  The vision of the company is to allow everyone affordable access to rapid and specific diagnostic healthcare knowledge.  Knoesis’ first application is an immunosensor for the detection of latent tuberculosis infection.


Mimetix Pharmaceuticals—Free Radical Scavengers developed from Duke’s BME Department for treating and preventing diseases from occurring.


Vaxaboost--Many diseases lack vaccines or have poor vaccines requiring multiple doses due to insufficient immune responses.  VaxaBoost’s proprietary adjuvant platforms will enable the development of novel vaccines (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) as well as the improvement of existing vaccines (Anthrax).  VaxaBoost’s lead products are currently in pre-clinipartnerships cal development.  It seeks financing to ready its assets for licensing and/or with major pharmaceutical companies.


  1. Thanks for posting Howie! I am sending this on to some of friends who are seeking funding, will be very useful for them and interesting for me.

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