November 29, 2018

Sign up for Duke Startup Challenge by 12/17 to vie for $10K Clean Energy Prize

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

The Duke Startup Challenge, founded in 1999, is a hands-on program designed to give Duke students experience starting a company. It's a student community that follows a year long process involving changing one's mindset, identifying opportunities, and developing solutions. The top teams are invited to participate in a summer accelerator hosted in Durham. There's over $50,000 available in funding, including the $10K Clean Energy Prize, awarded by the Duke University Energy Initiative.

In last year's Duke Startup Challenge, the Energy Initiative's Clean Energy Prize was awarded to GOLeafe, which has developed a new production process for graphene, a promising nanomaterial with potential applications in solar energy production and energy storage. The GOLeafe team, which includes Arsheen Allam (MBA'17) and Towqir Aziz (MA'18), was also honored with the first annual Dean Yep Jr. Memorial Prize.

(Fun fact: Clean Energy Prize winner Allam was recently named to Forbes's 2019 list of 30 Under 30 in Energy, which identifies "young stars in the energy sector under the age of 30.") 

Are you an interested Duke student? The first step is to sign up here by December 17, 2018! For this deadline, fill out that simple form as an individual. (At this stage, no need to have a startup ide, or a team!)

The Duke Startup Challenge is hosted by the Fuqua School of Business and the Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative.