Monday, December 15, 2008
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Monday, December 1, 2008
The Council for Entrepreneurial Development www.cednc.org is the place to get connected to the entrepreneurial community in RTP. If you are interested in getting involved, working there can be a great way. We've observed many people working at CED for a few years that use it as a great stepping stone to other positions in the entrepreneurial community.
Entrepreneurial Development Program Manager
This position is responsible for conducting CED’s existing entrepreneurial development programs (FastTrac Tech, Entrepreneurs Only Workshops), as well as evaluating and devising other programs to support CED’s members at key stages in the entrepreneurial process. The Program Manager also will be the primary contact with student entrepreneurs at area colleges and universities.
The Program Manager will have broad authority to create and implement CED’s program offerings, working with advisors and experts to meet the changing needs of business start-ups, later stage companies, and student entrepreneurs. The Programs Manager will report to the president, work closely with the Senior Program Managers for Life Sciences and Technology, and serve as a member of the senior management team.
a. Create and maintain advisory panels and partnerships with other entrepreneurial support organizations, including the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, to identify significant issues and opportunities for entrepreneurs. As CED has not conducted a thorough review of its entrepreneurial development programs for some time, the initial work should focus on understanding the current market conditions for business start-ups and early stage companies locally and how CED can best support that work. The goal will be to establish a “CED Institute” of tiered programs, based on an entrepreneur’s needs and readiness
b. Develop strategic goals and outcomes for CED entrepreneurial development programs based on feedback from the advisory panels and the marketplace; evaluate all activities annually against goals
c. Create annual plan, with budget and timeline, for CED entrepreneurial development programs
d. Supervise contractors and volunteer staff to plan and implement major entrepreneurial development programs
e. Participate in strategic planning
2. Program Creation
a. Responsible for creating full range of support programs for high-growth, high-impact companies, recruiting and training instructors, mentors and coaches for FastTrac Tech and other entrepreneurial support programs. Programs may include partnerships with outside groups, include business competitions, one-time seminars and training programs, and hosting speakers
b. Establish teams from
c. Responsible for working with Senior Program Managers for Life Science and Technology to identify presenting companies for Venture conference or other showcase
d. Serve as liaison to student entrepreneurs within CED’s target geographic region; create and oversee student internship programs with University partners
a. Serve as CED representative for entrepreneurial development partnerships
b. Responsible for making presentations to internal and external audiences on CED’s entrepreneurial support programs and initiatives
c. Responsible for working with investors and support organizations to make appropriate connections for business start-ups and early stage companies
d. Responsible for assisting the president and development director to identify potential funders for entrepreneurial development programs
Job Requirements: The preferred candidate will be an experienced nonprofit program manager who can demonstrate deep understanding of the needs of entrepreneurs and start-up companies. The candidate will have excellent organizational, written and verbal communications skills, and will enjoy working collaboratively with a wide range of colleagues and volunteers. The position requires a minimum B.A. or B.S degree, with an advanced degree preferred. A minimum of two years experience in nonprofit program management or related work is required, with preference given for additional years of experience.
Job performance measurement:
- Successful creation and interaction with advisory panels and committees, resulting in the creation and execution of a “CED Institute” of tiered entrepreneurial development programs
- Successful collaboration with the Kauffman Foundation in the implementation of 3 annual FastTrac Tech programs, including compliance with training and reporting requirements
- Achieving minimum attendance and customer satisfaction goals at entrepreneurial development events determined in the annual plan
- Establishing regular points of contact with student entrepreneurs and facilitating internships with CED and its member companies
Performance evaluation will be by feedback from the president, and special attention will be given to feedback from advisory panels and attendees at CED training programs.
Please apply to firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, November 10, 2008
2635 Meridian Parkway Ste 200 | Durham, NC 27713
User Experience Statistical Intern
iContact is a five-year old venture-backed 125-person company based in
iContact is searching for a Statistical Intern for an important and specific short term project to help us study, model and forecast our customers’ account lifetimes. The successful candidate will be a motivated self-starter, who loves diving deeply into interesting problems while also delivering timely, insightful and useful results and conclusions. This is a great opportunity for a student to gain hands on experience and build relationships in a corporate environment. There is a possibility this would lead to a permanent position in the future.
- A thorough understanding of survival analysis is required
- Ability to communicate and explain results to a diverse audience with varying degrees of statistical knowledge
- Ph.D. or second-year Masters students, only, please
- Eligibility to work in the United States is required
- Write professional reports citing sources and stating assumptions
- Presenting conclusions to directors and executives
For More Information
If you are interested and/or would like more information, please send resume with cover letter to email@example.com. If we determine you to be a qualified candidate we may send a questionnaire or contact you to schedule either an in-person interview or telephone interview. Additional information on the company and software can be found at http://www.icontact.com.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Interested in Social networking? We're looking for a couple of students to help MoxMe.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
I heard a student buzzing about the following startup, blueTunes (blueTunes.net). I believe it is run by a Duke University student.
A new type of music player
Ever want to access your music from work, school, or a friend's house? With blueTunes, you can. blueTunes is a new approach to managing your music. Getting started is simple... all you have to do is:
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Fullsteam's mission is to change that. To develop and define a distinctly Southern brewing style, experimenting with seasonal farmed goods and heirloom grains in the brewing process.
What will result? We're not quite sure. All we know is this: it's our mission to figure it out. We're developing recipes, sourcing local ingredients, and testing batches. Along the way, we'll pay our respects to traditional brewing, crafting a line of easy-drinking session beers. But what we want to be known for -- in 2008 and decades beyond -- is our willingness to invent what doesn't yet exist. To answer "what if" questions. To grow into a Great Southern Brewery...and have an airshipload of fun in the process.
Welcome to our noble experiment. We'll see you at the tavern before too long.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Walmart Better Living Business Plan Challenge 2009
Walmart is committed to fostering innovation at all levels - in our stores and supply chain, in communities, and throughout the retail industry. In this spirit, the Walmart Better Living Business Plan Challenge provides a forum for students to showcase their best ideas and to help Walmart learn from some of the brightest minds in the world. The competition challenges students to invent sustainable products or develop sustainable business solutions and present them to a panel of Walmart executives, suppliers, and environmental organizations. In addition to gaining an audience with some of the top business and sustainability leaders in the United States, the winning school will receive $20,000 to invest in their business or product.
Walmart developed the Better Living Business Plan Challenge to encourage entrepreneurial expression and growth. The focus of business today must take into account not only the profit potential of a business venture or new product, but also the effect on the environment and on people. The Challenge provides students with a venue to develop confidence in presenting their ideas to world business leaders, to receive feedback and constructive coaching to be successful in selling their ideas, and to make seed money available to help young entrepreneurs make their ideas a reality.
If you have a great idea for a sustainable product, business or service, we invite you to participate in the 2009 Walmart Better Living Business Plan Challenge.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Introducing our newest open source marketing project—a contest that gives you a chance to make your mark on Mozilla. We're looking for innovative ways to make sure people who download Firefox become regular users.
Interested? Start by sending us a summary of your ideas and an overview of how you and your team will carry them out. If your initial strategy makes the cut, we'll ask for a complete plan detailing your solution.
If your plan is selected as the winner, you'll have the opportunity to manage a marketing campaign for one of the top brands in the technology world. We'll give you the resources to enact your solution, plus $3,000 for the winning proposal.
More at www.impactmozilla.com
Monday, September 29, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
FitMedia Concepts, Inc. is a web start-up co-founded by Duke alum Coleman Shelton. The company is developing a video-based health and fitness web application and is looking for Fuqua interns.
We can work with the interns to determine their responsibilities based their interests. Responsibilities could include:
· Conducting market research and competitive analysis to refine the product's features and our business model
· Building a brand identity consistent with our strategic goals, and then using that identity to inform web development
· Refining our content development plan and/or overseeing content development
· Developing a marketing plan
Hours are flexible. For more information, please E-mail MColemanShelton@gmail.com
Monday, September 8, 2008
Here is an example where the informal Keyhub chart reveals the importance of a manager relatively low in the formal hierarchy. He is very central to the communication and trust networks (via four incoming connections, including one from the CEO), thus the larger node size. This manager is a Keyhub in the company—something the formal org chart does not expose.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
"Viovio's founder and owner, Christian Fowler is a local entrepreneurwho has worked with business school students in the past. He has built an exciting online business in the photo sharing space and islooking for a talented business professional to help him scale hissales and marketing activities.
Anyone interested in online marketing and internet commerce would get real operating experience assisting in the build out of Christian'sbusiness.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Shoeboxed is a free web site where you can store and organize all your receipts. Digital receipts are extremely useful, but scanning all that paper can be very time-consuming. To save you time, we can scan your receipts for you through our Receipt Mail-In program.
Why we started Shoeboxed
We launched Shoeboxed because we believe that receipts are important, but they shouldn't have to be a pain. Right now, our goal is to make it as easy as possible to digitize, organize, analyze, and export your receipts. Looking toward the future, we have lots of ideas to make receipts more manageable and convenient for you. As the world goes digital, Shoeboxed will work to get rid of unnecessary paper receipts that that cause you stress and harm our environment.
They are looking for interns. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Companies that presented at the 25th Annual CED Venture Conference at the Washington Duke Inn: http://www.cednc.org/conferences/venture/2008/presenters/index.html
Companies that presented at the 2nd Annual SEVC Conference in Reston, VA: http://www.seventure.org/2008/featured_cos.html
One of the top startup publications: http://www.techjournalsouth.com/
Companies that recently spun out of Duke University: http://olv.duke.edu/IndustryPartners/DukeStartups
Sue has a great story and an excellent business. Check it out at www.replayphotos.com.
"Replay photos is an amazing store. We work with colleges across the nation to scour their archives for their best photographs, digitally restore them if necessary and categorize them for easy viewing. Never before have so many iconic college campus and sports photos been offered in one place. Now, alumni, fans and supporters of universities have the opportunity to purchase wonderful images that evoke the passionate feelings they have for their favorite schools These images are available as unframed photographic prints, custom framed prints, gallery wrapped canvases."
If interested, contact Sue at email@example.com.
Upon completion of the business plan, the new AMTC will be eligible to submit an application to the North Carolina Biotechnology Center for $2.5 million in funding over the Center's first four years of operation. The AMTC will be required to match the $2.5 million launch grant with funding from other sources. In its fifth year of operation and beyond the new AMTC must be self-supporting.
Initial planning has identified the following goals for the AMTC: (i) help North Carolina advanced medical technology companies more efficiently locate required talent and services, (ii) work with existing economic development entities to attract out-of-state investment, development partners, and new advanced medical technology companies to North Carolina, and (iii) help stimulate the creation of new advanced medical technology companies based on local resources and assets. A more detailed outline of proposed goals, strategies and activities for the AMTC is attached.
NCBIO's business plan for the new entity will include (i) an organizational chart, (ii) plans for an external advisory board, (iii) a collaboration and partnering plan, including an explanation of the AMTC's strategy for leveraging existing institutions, (iv) job descriptions for key personnel, (v) a review of the market for the AMTC's proposed services, (vi) a summary of the needs of target companies and institutions, (vii) a summary of the AMTC's focus and goals, (viii) a commercialization strategy, (ix) milestones, (x) pro forma financial statements, and (xi) an analysis of intellectual property issues affecting the Center's operation.
NCBIO intends to complete work on a draft of the business plan by the end of September and to finalize the plan by the end of October.
Student assistance will be utilized through the end of October. Students will have opportunities to participate in all aspects of the business plan development process, including development of pro-formas, drafting of narrative elements of the plan, and conducting research. In addition, students involved in the project will have opportunities to network and interact with local business, academic and government leaders. Previous work experience in non-profit operations or funding, medical device or similar technology sector, or business consulting and planning will be helpful.
For more information, contact Sam Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone a (919) 281-8960.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
"Our gadget is for entertainment. It helps you play--almost cheat at--billiards
(or snooker or pool). The device comes in a small box and hangs right over the
pool table. The camera and computer inside can see where your cue stick is
pointing. Based on the direction your stick points, a projector shines a beam
of light onto the pool table (an arrow-line shows up on the table) indicating
the path your shot will take. If you readjust the angle of your stick, the beam
of light readjusts too, in real time.
Basically, our gadget helps you make good shots when playing pool. It does the
same thing that this video-game version of billiards does:
... except in real life.
At this stage, we've built a working prototype. It's not nearly as accurate or
as beautiful as we'd like it to be, but it exists and can be optimized."
For more info contact Kelvin at: email@example.com
Monday, April 21, 2008
This web company has 2 patent pending, a solid business model, a working prototype, and is in its early stages.
Potential hires will get real life experience in starting up a company, learn how to get investors, create a business case, and lay the foundations of the business.
Partner will be stock compensated and have a great chance to make tons of money.
Call Brian Glassman Founder 321-543-7165.
intern to help with a very large commercial real estate transaction.
He owns a large storage complex that sits right beside a rail line in
Durham. He plans to convert this space into an intermodal storage hub
and integrate it into the supply chain of several large international
firms. International companies will move their products on rail to
this location and store them as long as needed before shipping off to
the west coast, Europe, or Asia.
Responsibilities include running cash flow analyses, researching
international supply chain models, and interacting with international
companies. Mandarin Chinese and/or Spanish language abilities are a
This is an amazing opportunity for those interested in commercial real
estate, logistics, and global supply chain management -- a chance to
get your hands dirty, make some contacts, and learn an immense amount.
Compensation is negotiable based upon experience and skill set.
If interested, please send a resume and short (eg, one paragraph)
cover letter/email summarizing your interest and experience to John at
Friday, March 7, 2008
Curious Sense is a strategy, design, and R&D agency that specializes in developing virtual world experiences. We're pre-business plan, and looking for help with research, projections, revenue modeling, etc. Also seeking feedback about design concepts.
Contact: Adam Blumenthal, adam@CuriousSense.com
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Study candidate during Term 4/Term 1 (eg, starting immediately) to
assist in the advancement of a waste-to-energy business concept. This
opportunity would involve technical review of several critical
technologies, patent valuation and negotiation support, strategic
business plan refinement, partnership agreement structuring/negotiation,
financial modeling and various research tasks, as needed. It
would provide exposure to many aspects surrounding a start-up in a
fast-growing (green tech/clean tech) segment of the investment arena,
including the development of a "triple bottom line" business model.
The ideal candidate would include someone with experience and interest
in one or more of the following: venture capital/private equity;
entrepreneurship/social entrepreneurship; energy/alternative energy;
financial statement analysis; business plan/strategy development;
law. Aptitude in research, writing, strategic thinking
and financial/quantitative skills are a must. Availability at least one
day a week during Term 4 is also a requirement.
If interested, please send a resume and short (eg, one paragraph) cover
letter/email summarizing your interest and experience to Jim Sheldon by
5pm Friday March 14th. Selection and confirmation will take place
during the first week of Term 4.