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Win-Win Wins 17th DukeGEN Startup Showcase

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More than 100 Duke students and alumni convened recently at Yext in New York City for the 17th DukeGEN Startup Showcase.

The Startup Showcase event has been held in cities around the world, most often in San Francisco or New York City, both areas that are home to a large concentration of Duke alumni. The events, held by the Duke Global Entrepreneurship Network, allow Dukies interested in innovation and entrepreneurship to connect and feature a handful of pitches by Duke startups.

At the most recent Startup Showcase, ten startups pitched and received questions and feedback from a panel of Duke-affiliated judges. Following the pitch portion of the event, the judges deliberated and selected a winning startup.

That winner was Win-Win, founded by former Duke football player Mike T. Brown (T’09). Win-Win, which was also selected as the audience favorite, is a platform that allows users to play fantasy sports for prizes while also donating to charity. Win-Win is also a Duke Angel Network portfolio company.

Other Duke alumni who pitched included:

  • Kasper Kubica (T’17), co-founder of Carpe Lotion, an antiperspirant lotion for sweaty hands and feet;
  • Ivonna Dumanyan (E’16), co-founder of Fathom AI, a wearable device that uses artificial intelligence to help athletes train more safely and avoid injury;
  • Taylor Jacobson (T’07), founder of Focusmate, which helps remote workers with productivity by pairing them with accountability partners;
  • Mitchel Gorecki (E’13, B’18), co-founder of LivingLab, a platform that that creates and manages co-living contracts among roommates for rental properties;
  • Jake Stauch (’13), founder of NeuroPlus, a company that creates video games to help children with ADHD;
  • Matt Tolnick (T’05), founder of Lawless Jerky, who pitched his new patent-pending breakfast bar company called Scramblers;
  • Sid Kandan (E’13), representing Stel Life, a company that makes smart devices automating patient data collection;
  • Elizabeth Spiers (T’99) and Michael Woodsmall (T’11), representing The Insurrection, a progressive digital media company with a focus on messaging and targeting;
  • Cefi Menda (T’16), Vamoose, an app that allows users to pre-order and skip lines at their favorite stores.

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