Engineers wanted for Duke Start-up Challenge

Have you always wanted take the engineering skills you’re learning in the classroom and shape them into next year’s hot start-up?

Last year, nine start-up companies from Duke competed for over $125,000 in seed capital and services in the final round of the Duke Start-Up Challenge’s multi-stage competition. MBright, a next-generation digital display technology company started by engineering Ph.D. candidates from Pratt and MBA candidates from Fuqua, secured the first place seed funding of $50,000 in the for-profit competition.

MBright used the funding to begin production on its third generation liquid crystal on silicon (LCoS) digital projection light engine. The engine promises to provide enhanced brightness and contrast for digital image projection, at a size much smaller than contemporary projectors.

Will you start the next MBright this year?

To find out, compete in the 2004 Duke Start-Up Challenge, a three-phase entrepreneurial competition that rewards promising start-up companies with over $125,000 in seed financing and that connects promising start-up companies with venture capitalists and entrepreneurs from around the nation.

Anyone can compete in the Duke Start-Up Challenge, and only one team participant has to be a member of the Duke community. If you have a great idea but no one to help you make it happen, The Duke Start-Up Challenge can help you build a team and forge relationships with students across the university.

If you want a taste of entrepreneurial spirit but don’t have a business idea, the Duke Start-Up Challenge can match you up with others who have a vision, but need your drive and skills to make the company come to life. If you just want to learn more about what it takes to start a company, compete in the Duke Start-Up Challenge and attend the various education events held throughout the year.

Phase I of the Duke Start-Up Challenge is an executive summary submission due on November 7, 2003. For more information about the competition and about Phase I, visit