Thursday, April 8, 2010

Welcome to the Duke Start-Up Challenge

Welcome to the 2010 Investor Pitch Finals Event of the Duke Start-Up Challenge!!

Live from Fuqua's HCA Auditorium, a cast of 7 teams has been selected from an original lineup of 109 start-up company contestants. Each team will be presenting a new start-up business concept led by Duke students of all ages and academic disciplines. Each of the seven finalists will have the opportunity to present an 8 minute investor pitch before a live audience and panel of judges for the chance to win $25,000.

Tonight’s event will be hosted by Fuqua MBA student Shalav Gupta, and will be featuring a distinguished panel of judges including:

Jack Egan, Founding Managing Partner of Egan-Managed Capital - a Boston based venture capital fund.

Karen LeVert, President and CEO of Southeast TechInventures - a technology accelerator for the rapid conversion of university scientific breakthroughs into new companies.

Greg Mario, CEO of Taxis Pharmaceuticals - a pharmaceutical company targeting highly resistant forms of bacterial pathogens.

Michael Olander, President and Owner of Apple Gold Group - which owns and operates a total of 80 restaurants.

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