Monthly Archives: April 2010

Event Summary: The 2010 Duke Start-up Challenge Grand Finale

The 10th Duke Start-up Challenge came to a close with a Grand Finale at the Geneen Auditorium at the Fuqua School of business at Duke University. Keynote speaker for the night was Aaron Patzer, Founder and CEO of Mint.com and Duke alumnus. He has recently become well known in the Internet start-up community for Intuit’s acquisition of Mint for $170 million.

The winner of the event was Wasabi, a made-to-order fast food sushi resturant concept led by a team of Duke undergraduates Shaan Puri, Trevor Ragan, and Daniel Certner. They plan to partner with Food Network sushi chef, Phillip Yi to take their business from concept to reality.

For their win, they took home the $25,000 grand prize. The runner-up prize went to Rhexis Medical, a medical device that makes cataract surgery safe and consistent. For their effort, they were awarded $5,000. For more on Duke Start-up Challenge, visit http://www.dukestartupchallenge.org and go to the Duke Start-up Challenge blog to read more about the Grand Finale.

By: Jonathan Lee
Twitter: @hi5at5
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Why I can’t wait for a national roll out of RedBeacon

Back in January, several of us from the Duke MBA program and the Engineering school visited several start-ups and VCs in the San Francisco Bay Area. One of my favorite was RedBeacon, a local search startup and the recent winner of TechCrunch 50. Here’s a short TV clip of Ethan Anderson, one of the co-founders, explaining what they do. RedBeacon is dead simple. Brilliant. Awesome. Excited for how RedBeacon is going to change the way we consume local services.

By: Jonathan Lee
Twitter: @hi5at5