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Find out how these four recent graduates are helping college students realize their dreams of entrepreneurship.

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This story appears in the November 2000 issue of Entrepreneurs Start-Ups magazine.

David Huang, Justin Segool, Brad Minsley, John Quintiliani and Matthew Weiss are futurists, even though they just graduated from college. But these Duke University grads aren't the sit-back-and-pontificate kind of futurists. They make their visions happen-and help others with theirs.

That's precisely what they want for the next generation of netpreneurs: the ability to turn their ideas into reality. "We are confident that student entrepreneurs are going to produce the next wave of e-businesses nationally and internationally," says Weiss. They're so confident, in fact, that they've created a "dorm-room" accelerator of high-tech student ventures in Durham, North Carolina, StartEmUp.com. Featuring the JumpStart2K Student Start-Up Challenge, StartEmUp allows students from 50 geographically juxtaposed campuses to compete for a spot in an off-campus incubator-or, as StartEmUp puts it, to go from dorm room to boardroom.

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