Friday, July 21 to Saturday, July 22

Purpose: The purpose of the Program for Entrepreneurs Kickoff is to
1) help with the process of forming teams
2) introduce students to the Program for Entrepreneurs
3) let students pitch either startup ideas or “problem areas of interest”, to attract teammates and be admitted into the program
    • Note: those of you in Math Camp or the Language Institute are not required to attend on Friday
  • Are you going to pitch your idea on Saturday of the Kickoff?  Let us know here (Deadline: Friday, 9pm ET)

Day 1 – Friday

Location: McClendon Auditorium at Fuqua

Dress Code: Casual

Parking: We have reserved the Science Drive Visitor Lot (just across from Fuqua). You must RSVP on Facebook to be able to park there.

9:30 – 10:00      Registration (No breakfast provided)

10:00 – 11:00    Program for Entrepreneurs – Overview and Q&A

w/ Jon Fjeld and Howie Rhee

11:00 – 11:30    Student Introductions

        • Name
        • What were you doing before Fuqua?
        • What are your startup interests?
        • If you have a startup idea, what is the idea?
        • If you want to match with a team, what skillsets do you want to use?
11:30 – 12:00    Presentation by current student startup

12:00 – 1:00       Lunch: “Area of Interest” Networking

Pizza provided in classroom.

Sit with students that share an interest with you.  Groupings:

        • Clean Energy
        • Healthcare & Life Sciences
        • Internet, IT and Media
        • Other Products & Services
        • Social Entrepreneurship

1:00 – 1:45       Q&A with P4E Alumni

1:45 – 2:30       Q&A with Fuqua Alumni Entrepreneurs

2:30 – 3:45        Venture Capital 101

3:45 – 4:15        Wrap-up by Jon Fjeld

4:15 – 6:15        Program for Entrepreneurs Mixer at the JB Duke Hotel – Main Lobby Bar

                 Various activities to meet one another, and general networking.

6:15                  Dinner on your own

9:00                  Deadline for letting me know you want to pitch for tomorrow’s pitch event.

RSVP ( and I’ll then add your email to the Dropbox Shared Folder. Save your file in that folder – the filename should be your company name.

Day 2 – Saturday

Location: McClendon Auditorium at Fuqua
Dress Code: Casual
Parking: We have reserved the Science Drive Visitor Lot (just across from Fuqua).  You must RSVP on Facebook to be able to park there.
Want to pitch?

8:30 – 9:00       Informal Networking (Get breakfast on your own before you arrive)

9:00 – 12:30     Introduce your “Startup Idea” or your “Problem Area of Interest*”

Note: The purpose of the kick-off session at the end of the week is to provide you as much help as possible at this stage in the process. To that end you should try to articulate as clearly as possible “what is the core idea, why is it compelling, and why is it right for you”. Ideally, you will do that in 3 minutes or less so that we can have some time for discussion. If you don’t get any useful feedback, then the session will be a waste of all of our time.

  • For 3 minutes, Fred describes his “Startup Idea” or “Problem Area of Interest”
  • Our advisors will lead a discussion and give feedback on Fred’s idea / area of interest for ~5 minutes
  • Repeat

*Problem Area of Interest: is an area in the marketplace where you think customers are having problems, and which you would like to explore further.  The goal is to talk to customers, and find a startup idea (solution to the problem) before starting New Ventures 1 in mid-October.

Documents: Duke Startup Matchmaker Ideas Directory 2016-2017Duke Startup Matchmaker Personnel Directory 2016-2017New Business Ideas 2016