Idea summaries due
- Competition Organizer
- 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 currently registered Duke University student. No businesses generating revenues of over $50,000, or that have received institutional funding, are allowed to compete.
There are two types of tracks - Functional and Special-Interest. Teams can compete in only one functional track, but may compete in one or both of the Special Interest tracks (Women-led startups and Undergraduate-led startups) as long as they are eligible.
- Important Dates
Idea Summaries are due on February 9, 2012. 40 selected semi-finalists must submit written business plans by March 21, 2012. Seven finalists and seven runners-up will be selected on March 23, 2012. The Grand Finale will take place on April 20, 2012.
- Competition Prizes
Grand Prize winner: $50,000
Undergraduate-led Track winner - $10,000
Women-led Track winner - $10,000
Products & Services Track winner - $10,000
Social Enterprises Track winner - $1,000
Clean Energy Track winner - $5,000, plus eligibility for a spot in the $100,000 ACC Clean Energy Challenge
- 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 (Clean Energy, Health Care & Life Sciences, Information Technology & Media, Products & Services, Social Enterprises) and Special Interest tracks (Undergraduate-led Startups, Women-led Startups). A Pilot Track, the China-Focused Startups Track, is also open to entrants.