Thursday, April 8th, 6pm @ Fuqua's HCA Auditorium
From the Semi-Finals, the top 7 teams have advanced to the Investor Pitch Finals.
At the Investor Pitch Finals the seven finalists will give their final investor presentations and compete for $25,000.
Special guest judges include:
- 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.
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 prizes are awarded to overall best plan/presentation and best submission in each of several categories (e.g. Energy & Environment, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Products & Services, and Social Entrepreneurship).
Additionally, teams are provided with feedback from knowledgeable judges along the way to help with further development of the business concept into the next part of the Duke Start-Up Challenge and beyond. Founded in 1999 by an ambitious group of Duke students, the competition is now celebrating its 10th year of operation.