Duke Start-Up Challenge 2011


2-page write-ups due



Competition Organizer

Duke University

Submission Date


Business Plan Submission Date


Awards Date


Total Prize Cash (US Dollars)


Competition Category
  • Graduate - Local U.S.
  • Undergraduate - Local U.S.
Who's Eligible

Each team must have at least one participating, current Duke student. No businesses generating revenues of over $50,000, or that have received institutional funding, are allowed to compete.

Important Dates

Two-page executive summaries are due on February 10, 2011. Selected semi-finalists must submit a full business plan by March 17, 2011. Finalists will pitch their business plans to investors March 23, 2011, and the Grand Finale Awards ceremony will take place on April 8, 2011.

Competition Prizes

Grand prize winner: $50,000

Undergraduate led: $10,000

Products and Services: $10,000

Social Enterprise: $2,500

Other Info

The Duke Start-Up Challenge includes an Elevator Pitch Competition in November, an Executive Summary Competition in February, a Business Plan Competition in March and the DSC Grand Finale in April. Participants can compete in different functional tracks (Energy&Environment, Health Care & Life Sciences, Information Technology & Media, Products & Services, Social Enterprises) and Special Interest tracks (Undergraduate-led Startups, Women-led Startups)