A full evening of start-up pitch finalists concluded with a thunderous round of applause and affirmation to all pitching teams from each of the judges.
Directly after the final elevator pitch by Biogenic Medical Devices, the judges were escorted to a private location to decide upon the recipient of the Judges Choice Award and a cash prize of $1,000.
While the judges were away, audience members were invited to vote for the $250 People’s Choice Award using the Duke Start-up Challenge’s live text-message voting system. Each audience member was allowed to text their top choice start-up team to the Duke Start-up Challenge voting system which calculated a winner in real time.
When the judges returned and the votes were tabulated, the stage lights were raised, the music lowered and host Dan Weinstein announced the winners of the 2009 Duke Start-up Challenge elevator Pitch Finals Competition.
The 2009 People’s Choice Award: The Produce Purity Project
The 2009 Judges Choice Award: Biogenic Medical Devices
Congratulations to the winners of the 2009 Duke Start-up Challenge elevator Pitch Finals Competition!!
Special thanks to all of the judges, contestants, audience members and sponsors who made Duke Start-up Challenge and Entrepreneurship Week 2009 a great success.