Duke Start-Up Challenge


Deadline: October 30, 2015

The challenge is designed to help Duke’s entrepreneurship community flourish, with a year-long competition followed by an accelerator program.

Cash Prizes

  • 2015-2016
    • Grand Prize winner – $50,000
    • Open Challenge Prizes – $10,000
    • Top 30-40 Student Teams – $500 each for Round 2 demo / video (must complete Round 2 to receive money)
    • Track Prizes
    • AARP Foundation Prize – $5,000
    • In the case that the Grand Prize winner wins a Track level prize as well, then that team will receive both the  Grand Prize and the runner-up in the Track will receive the Track level prize.
  • For students to be eligible for the prize money, they must be able to work full-time on their startup throughout the summer. They are not required to work from Durham.


There are two challenges that run in parallel:

  • Student Challenge (winners selected, cash prizes)
  • Open Challenge: for Alumni / Faculty / Staff and Students with non-student ideas (winners selected, separate pool of cash prizes)

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