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Alumni & Friends

Duke innovation and entrepreneurship start at Duke—and change the world.


Every day, Duke’s alumni and other members of our extended community are changing the world for the better with their innovations. We value your diverse talent and experience—and we’re grateful for how you support our educational, research, and service missions.

Recognizing that we’re more successful and more impactful together, we work to form partnerships, provide mentorship opportunities, and forge meaningful connections. Our community benefits from embracing the contributions of individuals from all backgrounds.


We work to support our alumni and friends with relevant opportunities for continued education and development, and we strive to create mutually beneficial partnerships for everyone in our extended community.

Our home in downtown Durham, the Bullpen, lets us tap into a thriving entrepreneurship ecosystem and serve as an inclusive area hub for entrepreneurship. In partnering with nearby universities and other organizations for everything from research conferences to student service projects, we work to make both entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education more accessible and impactful.

We hope you’ll explore the broad range of innovation- and entrepreneurship-related programs, resources, clubs, and more available to Duke alumni and friends using the navigation below. If you’d like to discuss an idea, a program, the innovation landscape at Duke, or beyond, please make an appointment for a brief call or meeting with an advisor through our Innovation Navigators service.


Duke Angel Network

Supports the global Duke entrepreneurial community with an angel investing platform and co-investment fund, engaging and matching Duke alumni network expertise with portfolio companies

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Supports the global Duke entrepreneurial community with an angel investing platform and co-investment fund, engaging and matching Duke alumni network expertise with portfolio companies

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Duke Transform

An event that brings together alumni founders, executives, and innovators in an interactive forum to power professional growth, forge meaningful relationships across industries and disciplines, and create authentic community

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Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator

A partnership that supports social innovation entrepreneurs in identifying, assessing, developing, building, and scaling sustainable solutions to the most pressing challenges facing children and youth around the world

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Facilities & Incubators

Duke and the Triangle region have numerous spaces and facilities devoted to prototyping equipment, workspaces for lease, startup incubators and accelerators, and beyond.

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Find Funding

Explore translational research grants, pitch competitions, and other funding sources for your work

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Innovation Navigators

Tell us who you are and what you’re looking for, and we’ll schedule a brief call or in-person meeting with the best person to share the information, guidance, or advice you need for your innovation journey

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Invented at Duke

An annual celebration that showcases the breadth and depth of innovation happening across Duke and gives researchers the opportunity to present their innovations to the university, business, and venture capital communities

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A suite of offerings including workshops, job listings, and an annual networking fair to connect students to opportunities at startups

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The Bullpen

Duke I&E’s downtown Durham home, an inclusive space where innovators and entrepreneurs gather to learn and collaborate

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A two-semester creative lab where students take their ongoing creative projects—screenplays, films, stage plays, choreography, manuscripts, digital media, and more—to the next level with support from creative industry professionals

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Ask a Blue Devil

Connects alumni to both students and other alums for advice and introductions

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Duke Forever Learning

Provides alums with educational opportunities ranging from online learning, to educational excursions, to faculty fellows, to newsletter content featuring Duke research and engagements

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Our Innovation Navigators service matches you with an advisor who can answer your questions about innovation and entrepreneurship at Duke.

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