Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Welcome to Duke Start-up Challenge – Day 2

Tonight’s continuation of Entrepreneurship Week and the Duke Start-up Challenge concentrated on two independent tracks for aspiring entrepreneurs to compete for cash prizes and recognition. This evening featured the Energy & Environment Track, along with the Healthcare and Life Sciences Track. Competition for each track was held in the Schiciano Auditorium at Duke University’s Fitzpatrick Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine and Applied Sciences.

Day 2 of the Start-up Challenge featured 11 competing teams in the Healthcare and Life Sciences Track and 15 teams in the Energy & Environment Track.

Judges for the Healthcare and Life Sciences Track were:
Dr. Ralph Synderman ’67 – Chancellor Emeritus at Duke University and former President and CEO of the Duke University Health System.
Jonathan Gindes ’03 – CFO of Affinergy, Inc.
B. Jefferson Clark ’78 – Co-founder and General Partner, Aurora Funds

Judges for the Energy & Environment Track were:
Van Morris ’78 – CEO of US MicroGrid
Stacy Glass ’99 – President of CaraGreen
Jeff Keller – Representing General Electric’s External Technology Initiatives

The evening began with a lively introduction from Dr. Kwame Johnson followed by an opening address by Dr. Ralph Synderman. After his invigorating talk on innovation, competing start-up challenge teams took to the stage for a grand night of competition – entrepreneur style.

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