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December 3-December 8, 2007 is Entrepreneurship Week at Duke University - read the blog - see the book

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Join festivities at Duke University throughout the week to network, learn from experts, and hear stimulating ideas. Unless, otherwise specified below, events are free and open to all Duke students, alumni, parents, staff, and faculty.  Members of the entrepreneurial community and the general public can attend the week for $99 ($89 if paid before the pre-registration deadline of Nov 29th).

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12/3

Monday
DUKE TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE
4:00-5:30 PM, Kirby Winter Gardens, Fox Center, Fuqua School of Business
Host: Office of Licensing and Ventures
Sponsor: Hutchison Law Group PLLC

A unique networking reception where you can learn about emerging technologies that have been created in the labs at Duke that may be suitable for commercialization.

TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEURSHIP
5:30-6:30 PM, Faculty Hall, Fuqua School of Business
Host: Office of Licensing and Ventures
Sponsor: Hutchison Law Group PLLC

Hear the story of a recent Duke spin-out, Aerie Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company developing new therapies for sight-threatening diseases of the eye. The company is based on innovations from the labs of David Epstein, MD, Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, and Eric Toone, PhD, Professor of Chemistry. Headquartered in Research Triangle Park, NC, Aerie completed a $21 million Series A financing in October, 2005 and now has several drugs in clinical development.

EWEEK KICKOFF PARTY
6:30-8:30 PM, Kirby Winter Gardens, Fox Center, Fuqua School of Business
Hosts: Duke's Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization, Fuqua's Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation ,the EVCC, the 9th Annual Duke Start-Up Challenge, the TDE, the Master of Engineering Management Program at Pratt, Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, and the Office of Licensing and Ventures

Sponsor: Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP
Join the Kickoff of the inaugural Entrepreneurship Week at Duke University with Barry Myers, Jon Fjeld, Rose Ritts, Kimberly Jenkins, and Jeff Clark.

12/4 Tuesday
UNDERGRADUATE ENTREPRENEURSHIP PANEL
3:30-5:00 PM, Griffith Theater, Bryan Center
Host: The Duke Entrepreneur, Undergraduate Club
Taylor Mingos from Shoeboxed.com - Organize Receipts & Shop with Friends , Breck Yunits from SeeMeWin.com, and Justin Wickett and Dan Romero from CouponDJ.com will discuss their experiences starting and running Internet companies while being undergraduates at Duke.  Come hear what its like to balance schoolwork, business meetings and late night coding sessions.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP MIXER

5:30-8:00 PM, The Speakeasy at Tyler's Taproom, American Tobacco District, Durham, NC
Host: Duke's Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization and Fuqua's Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and EVCC
Network with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, students, and other members of the entrepreneurial community.

12/5

Wednesday
HIGH SCHOOL ENTREPRENEURSHIP PITCH SESSION
11:00-1:00 PM, The East Wing Seminar Rooms, Fuqua School of Business
Hosts: Student Teaching Entrepreneurship Program at Fuqua

As part of the Student Teaching Entrepreneurship Program (STEP), high school students from two local high schools, Riverside and Hillside, will pitch their business ideas. Over the course of the semester, these students have been advised by Duke MBA students.  This event is an open event, but attendance by non-Duke students must be approved by Kaycee Shoemaker - kaycee.shoemaker@fuqua.duke.edu

MBA ENTREPRENEURSHIP PANEL
2:00-3:30 PM, Classroom F, Fuqua School of Business
Hosts: The Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club (EVCC) at Fuqua

Sponsored by Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan LLP

Come hear the stories of Jonathan Gindes, Fuqua Daytime '03 and Jed Carlson, Fuqua Daytime '05.  Jonathan co-founded Affinergy while at Fuqua and has since raised $20MM in funding for this Duke spin-out.  Jed co-founded eMinor, Inc, which is a Web 2.0 company that specializes in giving tools Musicians for use on Facebook, MySpace, and other social networking sites. Moderated by Mike Midgett, EVCC Careers Chair, the Fuqua School of Business.

VENTURE CAPITAL SPEED-DATING
4:00-5:00 PM, Fitzpatrick Center, Lobby by Schiciano Auditorium
Host: The 9th Annual Duke Start-Up Challenge

Sponsor: Hughes Pittman & Gupton LLP
Students, pitch your business idea to Research Triangle Park venture capitalists. Apply in advance for opportunities to give three-minute pitches and receive feedback. To apply, send an email to Stephen Dean at stephen.dean@fuqua.duke.edu.  Only 10 slots available.

WAITZKIN ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK KEYNOTE
5:00-6:00 PM, Reception, Fitzpatrick Center, Lobby by Schiciano Auditorium
6:00-7:30 PM, Speaker, Fitzpatrick Center, Schiciano Auditorium
Host: The Master of Engineering Management Program at Pratt and the Division of Student Affairs
Hear Ernest Mario, PhD, discuss his perspective on entrepreneurship.  Dr. Mario has 40 years of experience in the research-based pharmaceutical industry.  He has served as CEO of Glaxo, Alza Corporation, Apothogen, and Reliant Pharmaceuticals.  He is a trustee and Chairman of the Duke University Health System Board.

12/6

Thursday
DUKE STARTUP JOB FAIR
1:00-4:00 PM, Kirby Winter Gardens, Fox Center, Fuqua School of Business
Hosts: Fuqua's Career Management Center , the Master of Engineering Management Program at Pratt , and The Career Center at Duke

Sponsor: Research Triangle Institute (RTI)
Explore job opportunities with over 10 startups representing a wide range of industries, from Web 2.0 to Biotechnology. Companies can register by contacting Tiffany Hogan.  Check out the Duke Startup Job Fair website.

UNDERGRADUATE CAPSTONE SPEAKER
5:00-6:00 PM, Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Sanford 04

Host: Duke's Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization, Fuqua's Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and The Duke Entrepreneur

Sponsors: Aurora Funds and Intuit JumpUp
Hear the story of how Will Pearson, Trinity '01 and Mangesh Hattikudur, Trinity '01 co-founded mental_floss magazine as seniors at Duke. On a mission to "blur the lines between education and entertainment," the pair have grown mental_floss into a multi-million dollar company, publishing 7 bestselling books, a board game, Law School in a Box, Med School in a Box and a popular website, mentalfloss.com.


UNDERGRADUATE ENTREPRENEURS PITCH SESSION

6:00-8:30 PM, Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Sanford 04
Host: Duke's Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization

Sponsors: Aurora Funds and Intuit JumpUp
Undergraduate teams pitch their business ideas to an audience of venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and members of the entrepreneurial community. Teams will represent classes in The Sanford Institute for Public Policy (PPS 144S Enterprising Leadership, Christopher Gergen), Pratt School of Engineering (BME 265 Business in Technology-based Companies, Lawrence Boyd) and Trinity College Markets and Management Program (Soc 190 MMS Capstone, Evan Jones).  Participation is limited to students from participating courses, but viewing the event is open to the general public. Evaluators for the event include Chris Kroeger, M.D., Partner , The Aurora Funds; Bonny Moellenbrock, Director, SJF Advisory Services; and Jay Mebane, Co-owner and CFO, U.S. Handbags, Inc.

12/7 Friday
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Launching Social Ventures
3:45-5:00 PM, Classroom C, Fuqua School of Business
Host: Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, The Duke MBA Social Impact Club, SEEDS, with support from the Enterprising Leadership Initiative (ELI)
Engage with a panel of social entrepreneurs as they discuss the opportunities and challenges of launching social ventures. Panelists include Brandon Busteed (Duke Trinity '99), founder and CEO of Outside The Classroom; Geoff Cramer (Duke WEMBA '01), founder and CEO of Futures Inc.; and Henry McKoy, (UNC MBA ’95), founder of OneVoice Institute of Business and Entrepreneurship.  Moderated by Chris Gergen (Duke Trinity alumnus), founding partner of New Mountain Ventures, LLC, instructor of Duke's Enterprising Leadership Initiative (Hart Leadership Program), and co-author of "Life Entrepreneurs: Mavericks in the Art of Leading and Living" (Jossey-Bass).
12/8

Saturday
INTERNATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
9:30-10:30 AM, Classroom C, Fuqua School of Business
Host: Fuqua's Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club (EVCC)
Hear from Robert Taber, PhD, the Vice Chancellor of Corporate and Venture Development at Duke, discuss the entrepreneurial environments in Europe (Italy, specifically) and how they contrast with Asia.

ENVIRONMENTAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP - Launching Sustainable Ventures
10:45-11:45 AM, Classroom C, Fuqua School of Business
Host: Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship,
and The Duke MBA Social Impact Club, Business & Environment Group
Engage with a panel of environmental entrepreneurs as they discuss the opportunities and challenges of launching and growing sustainable ventures.  Panelists include Marc Dreyfors (Duke MEM ’92), co-owner of Bull City Biodiesel, founder of Forests of the World and Greenway Transit, LLC; Roger Harris, founder of Jungle Wanders ecotourism company and former team leader at Paradigm Genetics; and Lyle Estill, VP of Stuff at Piedmont Biofuels.  Moderated by Bob Clemen, Professor of Decision Sciences at Duke University, the Fuqua School of Business.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK CLOSING CEREMONY
12:00-12:45 PM, Lunch, Kirby Winter Gardens, Fuqua School of Business
12:45-1:15 PM, Speaker
1:15-2:00 PM, Networking
Hosts: Duke's Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization, Fuqua's Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation ,the EVCC, the 9th Annual Duke Start-Up Challenge, the TDE, the Master of Engineering Management Program at Pratt, Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, and the Office of Licensing and Ventures

Sponsor: Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP
Join us for lunch, a final speaker, and for networking to wrap-up the inaugural Entrepreneurship Week at Duke University.