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Not everyone who comes to Duke will found her own company—yet everyone at Duke can benefit from developing an entrepreneurial mindset and learning strategies for taking entrepreneurial action. With educational opportunities that are experiential, interdisciplinary, and collaborative, we support our students in becoming more innovative, more creative, more resilient, and better prepared to solve the world’s most pressing challenges.

We hope you’ll explore I&E’s educational offerings below. If you’d like to schedule a brief call or in-person meeting with an advisor, you can do so through I&E’s Innovation Navigators service.

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Student Founder Program

Designed for all Duke students interested in someday launching their own ventures—whether commercial, social, artistic, or beyond

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Undergraduate I&E Certificate

The I&E Certificate supports undergraduate students of all majors in becoming more innovative, developing valuable problem-solving skills, and turning ideas into action.

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Graduate/Professional I&E Certificate

Through this experiential program, aspiring innovators, entrepreneurs, and founders from across Duke’s graduate and professional programs can complement their course of study, support their career goals, expand their networks, and work on ideas to make a real impact.

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Ronald & Carrie Ludwig Duke in Silicon Valley Program

A comprehensive one-month, one course credit program in Silicon Valley designed to give students an intensive experience in the creation of new ventures through coursework, site visits, meetings, and experiences

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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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Whether you want to found your own company, realize an invention that will change the world, or simply become more innovative and creative, Duke has education, resources, and community that will support you at every step of the journey.

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Ethics & Entrepreneurial Action

Teaching character, values, principles, goals, and consequences to help tomorrow's leaders become skilled and thoughtful agents of change

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Design & Entrepreneurial Action

Programming and resources across Duke help innovators and entrepreneurs design solutions with understanding, creativity, evaluation, and communication to develop a deep understanding of users

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Social Impact

As a leader in the fields of social innovation and social entrepreneurship, Duke connects future change-makers across schools and disciplines to the resources, mentorship, and community they need to tackle the world’s most pressing problems. 

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Faculty & Researchers

Whether you have a new idea, or you’ve been working on a piece of research for decades, we’ll match you with the resources you need to advance your project—student workers, advanced translation strategies, funding, space, and more.

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Open Design Studio

The Open Design Studio at Duke is a collective of educators, students, and community partners who are learning, researching, and practicing an equity-focused design methodology. ODS is openly designing a world that is actively inclusive, transparent, and collaborative.

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