The Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative brings to life Duke's enduring theme of knowledge in the service of society.
Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Brochure
This new Duke I&E brochure outlines our plans for making Duke University a national leader in innovation and entrepreneurship education, research and translation.Learn More
Duke's Entrepreneurial Spirit
From a health clinic in Kenya to a startup company in a Durham basement, members of the Duke community are putting new ideas into action.
Launched in 2010, the university’s campus-wide Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative seeks to make Duke an agent of transformation. It embraces Duke’s potential to not only create ideas but also put them in service to society.
A team of Duke Today reporters tracked some of the initiative’s activities during the summer of 2014. This series…
A lab-to-market roadmap for early-stage entrepreneurship
Dr. Jesko von Windheim, from the Nicholas School of the Environment, and Dr. Barry Myers, Department of Biomedical Engineering, are featured in the launch issue of Translational Materials Research with their article “A lab-to-market roadmap for early-stage entrepreneurship. Read the complete article to learn more about their approach to university technology commercialization.Learn More
Model Citizen Wins First Place Alumni Prize for 2014 Duke Start-Up Challenge
Durham, NC – The New York-based fashion tech start-up Model Citizen has taken the $10,000 First Place alumni prize for the Duke Start-Up Challenge. Model Citizen is a peer-to-peer shopping platform where women can shop each other’s closets, providing users with accessible fashion, passive income, a curated and customized online shopping experience, and of course, coveted fashion.
After rigorous rounds of competition including submitting a detailed business plan, shooting a pitch video,…Learn More
Duke Undergraduate Entrepreneurs Win Inaugural Borchardt Prize.
Duke Undergraduate Entrepreneurs Win Inaugural $10,000 Borchardt Prize
Durham, NC – Three undergraduate entrepreneurs from the Duke graduating Class of 2014 have been awarded the inaugural Frank Borchardt Undergraduate Prize, endowed by Duke alumnus and serial entrepreneur David Cummings (Trinity ’02). The prize awards $10,000 in grant money to an undergraduate team to kickstart their venture which applies recent advances in machine learning algorithms to problems in the recycling and…Learn More
From Bench to Bedside and Beyond
Meeting the challenges facing translational research
We know more about the human body today than we did yesterday, and tomorrow we’ll know even more—a lot more. In the last two decades, advances in human genome sequencing, molecular imaging, and other areas have sparked a research revolution that reveals ever more detailed and precise information about how our bodies work. Every day brings new discoveries, many of which may hold the potential to improve human health in meaningful…Learn More
Maya Ajmera, Duke's Social Entrepreneur in Residence, receives Rotary's Global Service to Humanity Award.
Rotary recognizes Maya Ajmera for helping some of the world’s most vulnerable children transform their lives
EVANSTON, Ill. (May 27, 2014) — From the streets to the classroom, Maya Ajmera of Washington, D.C., has helped more than nine million children living on the edges of society regain their rights and pursue their dreams – an achievement Rotary is applauding with its 2013-14 Global Service to Humanity Award.
Ajmera, who received a fellowship from Rotary in 1989 to study at…Learn More
Five Duke Investigators Receive $100,000 Each for Translational Research
Collaborative projects aim to accelerate new treatments for heart failure, macular degeneration, skin inflammation, lung cancer and Pompe disease
Five investigators at Duke received $100,000 each in May from the Duke Translational Research Institute (DTRI) to accelerate projects from preclinical to Phase I clinical trials.
DTRI awards these collaborative pilot funds to projects that link basic lab and clinical science investigators. The five projects funded in May 2014 aim to:
David Robinson Awarded Bank of America Faculty Award
David T. Robinson has been awarded the Bank of America Faculty Award for 2013 by the Fuqua School of Business Board of Visitors. This award is the highest faculty honor given by Fuqua and is given for outstanding contributions in teaching, research, leadership and service. In addition to his work at Fuqua, David is Managing Director for Research here at Duke I&E.Learn More
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate for Undergraduates Approved by A&S Council
Aspiring inventors, artists, academics, entrepreneurs and social innovators will now find greater opportunities to pursue their interests through the Duke curriculum through a new undergraduate certificate in innovation and entrepreneurship.Learn More
StartupConnect, Duke’s inaugural startup career fair, brought more than 20 startup employers and 250 students together for networking on Duke’s campus. The event, open to Duke students as well as invited guests from the UNC Minor in Entrepreneurship, began with a panel discussion featuring Duke alumni who advised students about pursuing careers in entrepreneurship. The panel discussion was followed by a vibrant networking event, exposing students to opportunities not typically presented at…Learn More
Duke’s StartupConnect Attracts Distinguished Guests, Hundreds of Attendees
Students interested in careers in innovation and entrepreneurship had the opportunity to network and learn from more than 20 startup employers during the inaugural StartupConnect event held February 20, 2014, at Gross Hall. The event, which was open to Duke students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents, as well as invited guests from UNC, provided students with an understanding of the characteristics employers seek, as well as a realistic view of the job market and possible career…Learn More
Tobacco Road Rapproachment
A recent issue of ID8 Nation, an online magazine presented by entrepreneurship.org, featured an exploration of the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the Triangle region of North Carolina. In this video included on the site, Eric Toone, Director of Duke I&E, talks about the importance of both innovation and entrepreneurship at Duke.Learn More
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Panel Discussion 1
Working as a Faculty Entrepreneur: Our Stories
Donald McDonnell, PhD, Glaxo-Wellcome Professor of MCB and…
Student Opportunities in I&E
4:30 p.m., 107 Gross Hall Presentation
¿Disruptive Innovation ¿ A Taste of…