Community, Exposure & Prizes for Duke’s Top Student Founders 

Every year, Duke I&E brings together the entrepreneurial community to celebrate the amazing progress being made by Duke student founders—and to forge valuable new connections among students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends. From a competitive pool of applicants, Duke I&E gives a select group of students the opportunity to spotlight their ventures, network with the Duke community, and compete for non-dilutive cash prizes. 

On April 11 from 4-6:30pm at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, come see what exciting student ventures are being created at Duke. Meet founders working on the Next Big Thing—get a sample of Aurganics Skincare from Sarah Houston ’24, talk with Casey Goldstein ’24 about his platform connecting young alumni with climate jobs, check out amazing Infinity Portal displays created by Jaylen Coleman E’24, and much more. Then vote for the venture you think should take home the $5K Best in Showcase prize! 

4:00 - 5:30: Tabling by ~30 student teams in Kirby Winter Garden and ongoing voting for Audience Choice Award; snacks and drinks will be served

5:30: Adjourn to Geneen Auditorium for awards ceremony

5:40: Remarks from Duke I&E Director Jamie Jones, followed by pitches and awards

“The Startup Showcase was the perfect culmination to my entrepreneurial journey at Duke. The fantastic turnout of students, alumni, and others in the Duke and Durham community led to valuable connections with supporters, investors, and other founders.” 

Michelle Addison MBA '23, Founder & CEO, Allergood

Prizes to Be Awarded at the 2024 Showcase

**Current Duke students must apply to the Duke Startup Showcase and be selected to participate in order to win!** 

  • $30,000 Borchardt Prize for the top Duke undergraduate student entrepreneur/team  

  • $10,000 Borchardt Prize for the runner-up Duke undergraduate student entrepreneur/team  

  • $30,000 prize for the top Duke graduate/professional student entrepreneur/team 

  • $10,000 prize for the runner-up Duke graduate/professional student entrepreneur/team 

  • $10,000 Fuqua Fast Pitch Prize for the top Fuqua entrepreneur/team 

  • $6,000 Dean Yep, Jr. Prize for an excellent Duke MBA student entrepreneur/team 

  • $10,000 prize for the top Duke student / team with a social venture

  • $5,000 Best in Showcase Award (by audience vote) for a student / team from any part of Duke  


The 2024 Startup Showcase will be held on April 11, 2024, from 4-6:30pm at Duke's Fuqua School of Business. Contact Amy Linnane with any questions.