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Duke StartUp Challenge 2010 Finalists & Runner-ups Announced

Team YS
1st Apr 2010
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The Duke Start-Up Challenge entrepreneurship competition runs throughout the academic year, from November to April. The competition includes an Elevator Pitch Competition in November, an Executive Summary Competition in January, and a live Finals Event in April, with multiple teams winning cash and prizes throughout the competition for the best submissions.

 

The finalists and runnerups are:

Energy & Environment Track


Finalist


Green Wave Sciences - Green Wave Sciences seeks to develop solutions to crop pest problems through the use of electromagnetic radiation. Contact: Michael Bell at mike.bell@duke.edu


Runner Up


Ecoviator - Ecoviator provides online users the opportunity to search for, compare, and book Ecotoursim adventures.Contact: Laura Brodhead at laowbrodhead@hotmail.com


Healthcare & Life Sciences Track


Finalist


Rhexis Biomedical - Rhexis Biomedical has developed a disposable surgical instrument that improves the accuracy and reproducibility of cataract surgery, the most commonly performed outpatient surgery in the US. Contact: Michael McGroddyat pmm12@duke.edu and Alaina Pleatman at arp14@duke.edu


Runner Up


Eye Innovations - Medical device to treat Glaucoma Patients Contact: Roberto Alfaro at roberto.alfaro@duke.edu


IT & Media Track


Finalist


curvit - curvit fills the gap between online resumes and manually typed and formatted resumes by allowing the user to focus on the content, while curvit manages both online and hardcopy formatting. Contact: Drew Sadowski at andrew.sadowski@fuqua.duke.edu


Runner Up


YourStory - YourStory is the key for preserving and sharing family oral histories. Contact: Thomas Thekkekandam at thekkeka@gmail.com


Products & Services Track


Finalist


Micropower - Imagine running a laptop for 24 hours without plugging into a wall. Micropower is developing an ethanol fueled microengine to increase portability for consumer electronics and government robots. Contact: William Gardner at wgg2@duke.edu


Runner Up


Colucci DANZA - Colucci DANZA will revolutionize the ballet pointe shoe market by offering shoes with superior value, safety, comfort Contact: Lina Colucci at colucci.lina@gmail.com


Social Enterprise Track


Finalist


The Progress and Purity Project - The Progress & Purity Project aims to improve quality of life in northern Afghanistan by empowering women to start businesses, help fellow Afghans through microfinance and handicraft fair trade, and decrease disease through chlorine purification. Contact: Stephanie Fruth at stephanie.fruth@gmail.com


Runner Up


CertiRx - CertiRx Corporation, an AuthentiForm Technologies, LLC company, (CertiRx) develops products that reduce the growing global risk of injury or death from counterfeit drugs by which the people of developing nations are affected disproportionately. Contact: Hersh Tapadia at hersh.tapadia@gmail.com


Undergraduate-led Startups Track


Finalist


Wasabi - Restaurant quality Sushi. Casual dining prices. Wasabi will do for Sushi what Subway did for the sandwich.Contact: Shaan Puri at svp5@duke.edu


Runner Up


Preservabowl - PreservaBowl: Keeping food fresher, longer. Contact: Spencer Kuzmier at spencer.kuzmier@duke.edu


Women-led Startups Track


Finalist


Colucci DANZA - Colucci DANZA will revolutionize the ballet pointe shoe market by offering shoes with superior value, safety, comfort Contact: Lina Colucci at colucci.lina@gmail.com


Runner Up


Kosh - Universalizing access to Education content - Kosh is an online knowledge repository that will aggregate and create engaging educational content in all formats. This virtual library will make educational media accessible at a nominal price and in regional Indian languages, to rural India Contact: Aparna Prasad at ap131@duke.edu

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