Startup Matchmaker Event

Date: September 18th, 2017, 5:30-8pm
HCA Auditorium, Fuqua School of Business
Audience: All Duke students are welcome to attend.
Dress Code: Casual
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Students can present startup ideas for team matching for any of the many entrepreneurship programs at Duke, including the Program for Entrepreneurs, the Duke Startup Challenge, Melissa & Doug Entrepreneurs, and others. 

The presentations are meant to be interactive. You’ll have a just a few minutes to tell us about your idea, then we’ll ask you questions for about 5 minutes.  We’ll have a timer to keep things flowing.

Each person presenting an idea gets:

5 minutes total time

– 2 minutes to pitch your idea

– 3 minutes of Q&A with the Advisors and Audience

Updated: During your 3 minute pitch, you don’t need to limit yourself to one slide, though we advise you to use visuals sparingly

Once you register to pitch, we’ll send you a link to the Dropbox for uploading your slides. 

The goal is to:

1) attract teammates, 

2) start a dialog with the advisors, 

3) have your project be accepted into the program

Action Items

  • Have a startup idea you’d like to bring into the Program for Entrepreneurs?  Pitch your idea here to our advisors and to other Duke students.
    • By the night before at 9:00pm ET 
      • RSVP to pitch your idea 
      • After you will out the form, we will invite you to the Dropbox folder to upload your slides directly. Please do so any time before your pitch as the slides will be pulled directly from Dropbox.
      • If you don’t receive the Dropbox folder invite after 9pm ET, send Howie Rhee your slides at  Use your full name as the title of your slides.  Powerpoint or PDF preferred.
  • Want to join a startup team? Come listen to the pitches.

Interested in the Program for Entrepreneurs (P4E)?

The Program for Entrepreneurs (P4E) let’s Duke students receive course credit for work towards starting a company.  Projects must be accepted into the Program by the P4E Advisors.

Students with projects can attempt to join the program by pitching at the Startup Matchmaker Event. Any Duke student can pitch, but in order to enroll, there will need to be 3 students taking the course for credit, and at least one Duke MBA student on the team.

All Duke students are able to participate, as long as they match with a team.

  • Read over our next steps to see what is needed to join the Program for Entrepreneurs to receive course credit.