Thursday, June 7, 2012

5th DukeGEN Angel Pitch Event a Success!

We held our 5th DukeGEN Angel Event last night, awarding a $10,000 prize from Freestyle Capital. The event was held in San Francisco (our 3rd event here) at RocketSpace and sponsored by SVB (thanks to Carrie Walsh).

The full set of pictures can be found here:

A video recording can be found here:

Attendance was outstanding.  We had over 210 RSVPs on our event page, up from 150 last year.

A nice "surprise" visit from President Richard Brodhead.

The full set of pictures can be found here:

A video recording can be found here:

Here's who pitched:
  • Corengi, Inc. - Humanize and Accelerate Clinical Trials. Ryan Luce 1994
  • Flicmob - integrate social media & media production. Scott Dacko 1993
  • - Social Gear & Adventure Directory. Anne Kallus 2007
  • Hukkster - Online personal shopping concierge. Katie Finnegan 2010
  • Pixton Comics - The social gamification of comics. Geoff Archer 1995 
Here's who was on the panel:
  • Josh Felser Trinity '86, Fuqua '90 of Freestyle Capital
  • Ryan Spoon Trinity '03 of Polaris Ventures
  • Justin Caldbeck Trinity '99 of LightSpeed Venture Partners
  • Jay Jamison Trinity '92 of Blue Run Ventures
  • Shea DiDonna Fuqua '10

And here's who attended:

After the pitches, the judges convened, and the audience had a Q&A with the teams.

Then, the audience voted:

Audience Choice Winner: Pixton - 56 votes
Audience Choice Runner Up: Hukkster - 41 votes

Then, the judges came back, gave feedback to each team (in front of the audience), and then announced their results.

Judges Choice Winner: Corengi ($10,000 prize from Freestyle Capital)
Judges Choice Runner Up: Pixton

Congrats to Ryan Luce of Corengi, and to everyone who made it a great night!

Presented by:
■ Matt Koidin B '05
■ Basil Enan T '03
■ Howie Rhee B '04

Thanks again to SVB for sponsoring!

Posted by Howie Rhee '04, Co-chair of DukeGEN


  1. Thanks a ton to all the organizers, all the judges, President Brodhead, and all the other companies! Great event!

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