Kip A. Frey Appointed As Duke I&E Interim Director


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Kip A. Frey, Interim Director

Kip A. Frey, Professor of the Practice of Law and Public Policy and Director of the Law & Entrepreneurship Program at Duke Law School, has been appointed interim director of the Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative. Professor Frey’s appointment follows the departure of former Vice Provost and Director Eric Toone, who will become the executive managing director of Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a new $1.5 billion fund that will invest in clean energy technologies.

“We have a fantastic opportunity to extend and support the entrepreneurial culture across the university,” Professor Frey said. “A commitment to entrepreneurship is one of Duke’s core values, and we will continue to strive to create meaningful partnerships across the University.”

Professor Frey has significant experience in both teaching and practicing entrepreneurship. He has been a professor at Duke University for the past twenty-three years and currently teaches entrepreneurship and intellectual property policy. Frey also has served as Duke I&E’s senior strategist for translation services for the last four years.

Frey is currently affiliated with Canines, Inc., an early-stage company focused on animal cognition, which he founded with Duke anthropology professor Brian Hare. He was previously CEO of EvoApp, Inc. and Zenph Sound Innovations, Inc., transitioning in late 2009 from his partnership at venture capital firm Intersouth Partners in conjunction with Intersouth’s investment in Zenph.

Mr. Frey’s venture capital career began in 2000 when he became a partner at Intersouth Partners, working with the firm’s information technology portfolio. Prior to joining Intersouth, Mr. Frey ran a series of successful venture-backed companies. He served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Ventana Communications Group, having sold the company in 1994 to the Thomson Corporation. In 1998 he became President of Accipiter, Inc. and sold the company to CMGI, Inc. Later that year Mr. Frey became President and CEO of OpenSite Technologies, Inc., which was acquired in 2000 by Siebel Systems. OpenSite was named NCEITA Software Company of the Year in 1999 and Mr. Frey was honored by Digital South Magazine as the Southeast’s top entrepreneurial CEO. He received the Council for Entrepreneurial Development’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Award in 2000.

A lawyer by training, Mr. Frey practiced intellectual property law before joining Turner Broadcasting System in 1990. While at Turner he ran several business units and contributed to the acquisition of Castle Rock Entertainment, the formation of the Cartoon Network, and the construction of the MGM Grand Hotel.

Mr. Frey is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinema and of Duke Law School, where he served on the Duke Law Journal.

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The Bullpen is the home of the Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative in downtown Durham.
The Bullpen is the home of the Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative in downtown Durham.
Students pose with the Blue Devil at I&E Fest.
Moogfest, a music, arts and technology festival, held a workshop at the Bullpen.
Many entrepreneurship events are held at the Bullpen, such as the Social Impact Startup Weekend hosted by the Net Impact Club at the Fuqua School of Business.
Students pose with the Blue Devil at I&E Fest.
The Bullpen is the home of the Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative in downtown Durham.
The Bullpen features a projector and a video wall.
Students visit Oculus during the Duke in Silicon Valley summer course.
Duke I&E hosts an annual Entrepreneurship Fair to let students know about its offerings.
Student coders collaborate at HackDuke, an annual hackathon that challenges students to Code for Good.
Duke I&E's Matt Nash and Katherine Black pose with students from DukeEngage Detroit, a summer program focused on social entrepreneurship.
Lester Holt of NBC News and David Crabtree of WRAL visited the Bullpen space. Here, they talk to Ivonna Dumanyan, a Duke alumna who co-founded BioMetrix as a student.
During DukeEngage Detroit, students complete internships with community partners and learn about social entrepreneurship.

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