Message From the Director

 

Dear Duke innovation and entrepreneurship community:

In recent weeks, we’ve seen tremendous innovation by the Duke community in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

We’ve been inspired by stories about the work by Duke Learning Innovation to help transition classes to remote teaching and learning; the work by Duke research teams to slow, attack, and prevent the virus; Duke’s use of an innovative method to decontaminate and reuse vital N-95 masks; and Duke leading the way in testing a potential COVID-19 therapy. My colleagues at the Office of Licensing & Ventures report that their licensing representatives and patent attorney are being flooded with new invention disclosures as Duke researchers rush to help fight the virus.

Others in our community continue to look to the future, innovating for a world in which COVID-19 is no longer a threat. The Student Founders Program cohort continues to meet virtually, sharing ideas and helping one another build their ventures. The social enterprises in the Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator continue working to build and scale their innovations, even as some of them are being asked by their communities to make protective masks and gowns.

Innovators and entrepreneurs, like all of us, are worried. In addition to the helpful resources compiled by Duke University, resource listings specific to the innovation community can be found below.

The coming weeks and months will test us in ways we have never been tested. Innovation is more important at this moment than ever before. Our innovators—those who are creative, resilient, and ready to act—are the ones we need most, the ones who will make healthcare, society, technology, and business kinder and stronger.

Despite the fears and challenges of the present crisis, we know we will continue to be inspired by how Duke innovators rise to meet the world’s most pressing challenges.

All my best wishes,

Jon Fjeld
Director, Duke I&E

Resources

The official Duke page of COVID-19 resources includes links for mental health support, emergency resources, and more.
I&E’s Innovation Navigators service connects you to the right person for a brief call or virtual session to discuss your questions about your work, your idea, opportunities, programs, and beyond.
Duke’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) has a searchable database that compiles grants, loans, and other cash equivalents for entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and businesses worldwide.
Students looking for new jobs, internships, and other experiences can find a listing on I&E’s Opportunities page. If you have opportunities to post on this page, please contact Anna Jacobs.
UNC-Chapel Hill’s Innovate Carolina has a comprehensive listing of resources for entrepreneurs, including the latest information, advice from entrepreneurial experts, and financial support.
Find research-related resources and opportunities all in one place at Duke’s myRESEARCHhome.
The North Carolina Biotechnology Center has compiled COVID-19 resources and news relevant to local life science companies and researchers.