Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Viovio - photo sharing startup

We received the following opportunity:

"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

Work at Shoeboxed

Shoeboxed was started by a Duke alum, Taylor Mingos, and has raised funding and has offices here in Durham.

About Shoeboxed
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.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Cool companies in RTP and the Southeast

Check out some of the cool companies that are in the Research Triangle Park and the Southeast

Companies that presented at the 25th Annual CED Venture Conference at the Washington Duke Inn:

Companies that presented at the 2nd Annual SEVC Conference in Reston, VA:

One of the top startup publications:

Companies that recently spun out of Duke University: -- collegiate sports company looking for help

I met with Sue Harnett today, a Duke and Fuqua alumnus. She is very interested to be contacted by Duke MBA students that have a passion for sports, and are also savvy with web 2.0 sites and technologies (facebook, youtube, etc...)

Sue has a great story and an excellent business. Check it out at

"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

NCBIO -- Advanced Medical Technologies Center Planning Assistance

The North Carolina Biosciences Organization is seeking assistance from one or more MBA students in developing a business plan for a new non-profit North Carolina corporation ("Advanced Medical Technologies Center" or "AMTC") established to promote the growth of North Carolina's advanced medical technologies sector. For the purposes of this project, advanced medical technologies are considered to include medical devices and diagnostics, as well as other technologies that may evolve from the convergence of devices and diagnostics with biotechnology, information technology, regenerative medicine, nanotechnology and other potentially related disciplines

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 or by telephone a (919) 281-8960.