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HPG Partner Brooks Malone Coaches Duke Business Students

Raleigh, NC (March 28, 2011) – Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP (, one of the largest CPA firms headquartered and staffed in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, announces today that partner Brooks Malone is serving as a judge for the Duke Start-Up Challenge and as a “Coach on Call” for the DUhatch Student Business Incubator program. This is the third consecutive year Malone has supported Duke students in their entrepreneurial efforts.

“The Start-Up Challenge and the DUhatch incubator are two great opportunities Duke offers to gain practical and valuable experience,” says Malone. “I am proud to work with the students as they develop their entrepreneurial vision.”

This is the 11th year Duke has held the Start-Up Challenge. Spanning the entire academic year, teams progress through a series of competitions that include presenting an elevator pitch, presenting an executive summary, submitting a business plan and making an investor pitch presentation.

From the original 110 student teams, seven finalists will be invited to give a second investor pitch during the Investor Pitch Finals. At the Grand Finale, the winning team is revealed and both the finalists and runners-up take part in an elevator pitch competition. The winning team will receive $50,000.

The DUhatch student business incubator connects enterprising students with faculty and industry mentors, gives them office space and facilitates business development. As a “Coach on Call”, Malone meets one on one with prospective and early-stage company entrepreneurs to discuss questions they may have and offer financial advice.

About Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP (HPG):
HPG is one of the largest CPA firms headquartered and staffed in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, as ranked by the Triangle Business Journal. More than just an accounting firm, HPG assists clients in looking beyond the bottom line by being the right people, right value and right firm to achieve each client’s definition of success. HPG is a member of CPAmerica International and Crow Horwath International alliances of firms, with offices worldwide. The firm leverages this to provide national and global accounting resources to its clients. HPG offers a wide array of business accounting, auditing, corporate tax and management advisory services. Specialities include serving owner-managed, investor-backed technology and life science organizations, healthcare services, real estate development, manufacturing and distribution business, as well as providing ERISA audits, family wealthcare services and Sarbanes-Oxley internal audit services.

HPG has remained committed to advancing a thriving Triangle community since its founding in 1983. In recognition, the firm is the recipient of two Pinnacle Business Awards by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce; the 2009 Large Entrepreneurial Business Award and the 2010 Integrity in Business Award. Additionally, HPG has been certified Green Plus by the Institute for Sustainable Development for integrating environmental sustainability efforts into company culture, and has been named one of the top 100 Best Accounting Firms to Work For in the country by Accounting Today. Visit or follow HPG on Twitter at