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Put Your Passion Into Practice

Through I&E’s experiential entrepreneurship courses, aspiring innovators from across Duke’s graduate and professional schools work on an idea at any stage—from exploration to launch. You can work on your own idea or project, or a faculty project currently underway.

These courses complement your area of study and further your ambitions—whether you want to change the world with an innovation, work toward your dream of someday owning a practice or business, or support a future industry or academic career.

Spring 2021

  • I&E 510 – Social Innovation Practicum
    Tuesday 5:15-7:45pm
    Instructor: Bloom, Nash


    Students will engage with social entrepreneurs and other practitioners to learn about and support the design, development, validation, assessment, and scaling up of innovative, sustainable approaches to addressing critical social and environmental problems in Durham and around the world. For the service-learning component of the course, students will work in multidisciplinary teams to gather and analyze data, develop recommendations, formulate implementation plans, and provide other capacity-building support to clients that may include domestic and international social entrepreneurs, social enterprises, funders, public sector innovators, policy makers, and corporate social impact managers.
  • I&E 590.01 – Special Topics: Global Health Practicum
    Tuesday and Thursday, 10:15-11:30
    Instructor: Dennis A Clements
    Online

    The course is intended to enhance students’ abilities to explore the complex problems being faced by our world and to develop innovative methods to address those problems, but in a region-specific manner – working with innovators in East Africa.  The course reinforces the entrepreneurial and human-centered design approach to a problem that is supplied by an innovator in East Africa.  The students will have to consider novel solutions that are effective, efficient, sustainable, and scalable, for the local innovator.  It requires a student to be aware of cultural aspects that demand humility and understanding. And to understand the social situation in which the problem addressed is located. The course requires providing a written solution to a health condition appropriate for the cultural, economic and geographic environment and involves participatory problem solving and other human-centered design approaches; The solution requires significant research and teamwork.  Financial and government constraints are paramount in developing a successful potential solution. Furthermore, evaluation and the measurement of success are required to determine if the project is successful and scalable.  The solutions will be evaluated by independent experts and feedback will be provided. 
  • I&E 590.02 – Special Topics: Open Design + Innovation
    Tuesday and Thursday, 10:15-11:30
    Instructor: Aria Chernik

    Online

    Open design is a variation of design thinking and human-centered design that applies an ethical framework to the process of understanding complex problems and developing innovative solutions. Open design is influenced by the guiding principles of open-source software and development communities as well as the ethical inquiries concerning empathy and an individual’s responsibilities in relation to self and others. Students will gain familiarity with the ethics of open, as well as extensive practice engaging in the open design process, which includes empathizing with stakeholders, ideating prototypes, analyzing qualitative data and iterating forward, communicating across media, and thinking boldly and creatively in the face of uncertainty. This is an active learning course that requires both self-initiated learning and goal-setting as well as intensive collaboration and contribution to course deliverables.
  • I&E 721 – Design in Healthcare 2
    Wednesdays 5:15-8:15 PM
    Instructor: Fearis, Knight, Richardson
    Social Sciences 136

    The Design in Healthcare 2 course is an experiential program and continuation of Design in Healthcare 1. It requires extensive team interaction and the direct application of skills in the process of preparing a medical device technology for development and eventual commercialization. Teams work through a development strategy to determine what work will be required to bring their technology forward, and the funding requirements and timing to raise capital at key milestones. The course concludes with an investor pitch to an outside panel of seasoned CEOs, VCs, and other members of the community. Prerequisite: Innovation & Entrepreneurship 720
  • I&E 745 – Narrative Design
    Thursday, 3:30-4:45 PM
    Instructor: Aaron Dinin
    Perkins LINK 087 (Classroom 3)

    Students will learn to communicate why others should value their ideas and innovations, using both verbal and non-verbal elements. The first weeks of the seminar series will focus on common principles of storytelling and the ways in which stories have, historically, been the cornerstone of disseminating new ideas and information as far back as Homeric epic to as recently as Instagram and TikTok. Students will spend the remainder of the time in small groups to practice communication and design by creating and workshopping a variety of narrative materials (e.g. essay, podcast, video, presentation, etc.) related to their primary work or scholarship in another discipline.
  • I&E 748 – New Ventures Discovery
    Tuesdays 3:30-6:00 PM
    Instructor: Jamie Jones
    Fuqua TBA

    Want to know where good ideas come from? New Ventures: Discovery is designed to lead you to a eureka moment by teaching you how to explore the world around you for problems worth solving. Instead of jumping directly into problem solving and solution development—which can often be wasteful without a clear understanding of a given market and customer need—New Ventures Discovery focuses on research, exploration, and discovery. It asks students to set aside pre-conceived notions, avoiding some of their own blind spots, in order to do the necessary work of collecting data about market and learning to assess it as objectively as possible. The New Ventures: Discovery course is ideal for anyone who wants to excel at finding white space for new innovation and entrepreneurial action.
  • I&E 750 – New Ventures Development
    Mondays 3:30-6:00
    Instructor: Jamie Jones
    Fuqua TBA


    Have an idea for a problem you want to solve or want to design a business model around someone else’s problem? New Ventures: Development will lead you through the process of understanding whether an idea has teeth and if it is a business worth doing. You will learn to assess opportunities, develop and test business models, understand your financials, and build a successful team. If you have an idea that you’ve validated through New Ventures: Discovery or through your independent customer discovery process, New Venture: Development can help you move from idea to action. If you want the experience of designing a business model but don’t have your own idea, there will be an opportunity to form teams around ideas sourced from across the University. New Ventures: Discovery is the ideal course for anyone who wants to learn how to assess and build new business models.
  • I&E 800 – Business & Organization Fundamentals
    Tuesdays 3:05-4:20 PM
    Instructor: Bonaparte
    Online

    This is a required course for all certificate students, with students from all disciplines and schools coming together in an interdisciplinary cohort. The course covers all aspects of entrepreneurship. Starting at the point of need identification, the course covers exploring the validity of proposed solutions; creating the needed financing and resource structures; effectively marketing/communicating the innovation and its associated benefits; leading, managing, and working effectively within teams; creating a positive and ethical work culture; and evaluating success. By the end of this course, students will have learned the fundamental skills which will enable them to create a business/project plan to translate an innovation out of the university. The course will be taught with a team focus that will allow for the introduction of a range of viewpoints from across both commercial and social entrepreneurship. 
  • I&E 835 Innovations – Drug Development
    Mondays & Wednesdays 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM
    Instructor: Yao, Tso-Pang
    LSRC A247

    Introduction to major issues in developing a drug to treat a disease in an interdisciplinary lecture-based and team-based learning environment. Translation of principles in biomedical sciences, biomedical engineering, and chemistry along with innovative approaches to develop a hypothetical drug for treating a disease of choice. Hypothetical development of model compounds, target analysis, and in vitro and in vivo models to test drug efficacy. Course requires one of the following (or equivalent): Pharmacology and Cancer Biology 533, Chemistry 518, or Biomedical Engineering 577.

Fall 2021

  • I&E 590.01 Special Topics: Open Design + Innovation
    Chernik, Aria
    MW 12 PM – 1:15 PM
    Online

    Open design is a variation of design thinking and human-centered design that applies an ethical framework to the process of understanding complex problems and developing innovative solutions. Open design is influenced by the guiding principles of open source software and development communities as well as the ethical inquiries concerning empathy and an individual’s responsibilities in relation to self and others.Students will gain familiarity with the ethics of open, as well as extensive practice engaging in the open design process, which includes empathizing with stakeholders, ideating prototypes, analyzing qualitative data and iterating forward, communicating across media, and thinking boldly and creatively in the face of uncertainty. This is an active learning course that requires both self-initiated learning and goal-setting as well as intensive collaboration and contribution to course deliverables.
  • I&E 590.02 Special Topics: NEW VENTURES CLINIC-HEALTHCARE
    Hallford, Charles R
    Sankaran, Sharlini
    M 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM
    Online

    The New Ventures Clinic – Healthcare is an opportunity for students to work on commercialization plans for technologies developed at Duke University, in particular in the areas of therapeutics (pharmaceuticals), diagnostics, and medical devices. In most cases, the students will work to define a plan for a start-up that would license the technology from Duke, but other strategies are also possible (e.g., not-for-profit).

    The technologies chosen will have been screened by the Office of Licensing and Ventures, so they will all be determined to have commercial potential. The project teams will work in close collaboration with OLV.

    Student teams will be assigned one technology to work on. They will have access to the scientist or inventor of the technology, and will also work with an academic and a business mentor. Teams will be interdisciplinary and students will gather and analyze data, develop recommendations, formulate implementation plans, and provide other capacity-building support to clients. Students will work on teams that have relevant business and technical backgrounds. Student teams will follow a structured process to develop a strategy and plan for the venture.
  • I&E 590.03 – Beyond WASH
    Thursdays, 3:30-6:00
    Instructor: Seymour
    , Zakiya
    Online

    This class focuses on providing water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) within the developing world context. Tailored to assist future practitioners, the class will begin with exploring access to water and sanitation as basic human rights. It will then delve into the constraining factors – environmental, social, political/governance, etc. – that should be considered when designing and implementing WASH technologies in communities. Factors such as privatization and globalization of water supply as well as racial/ethnic/gender disparities in providing water access will also be discussed. Throughout, we will consider promising approaches to developing, delivering, and scaling innovations in WASH. Designed as an interactive facilitator/activity-based format, the course would also include mini-group projects analyzing potential appropriate technologies, frameworks, and strategies for WASH services.
  • I&E 720 Design in Healthcare 1
    Wednesdays 5:15-8:15 PM
    Instructor: Fearis, Knight, Richardson

    The course guides students through the process of human-centered design with the goal of developing a solution to a real-world, unmet need in healthcare. Students will learn to: 1) identify unmet, underserved and unarticulated needs using human-centered qualitative contextual primary research methods such as ethnographic research; 2) apply commercial business criteria in order to select viable business opportunities; 3) use creative and research-based processes to generate and/or identify potential solutions; and 4) document their design process in accordance with regulations. The course blends taught content with practical field application and team-based project execution.
  • Design in Healthcare 3
    Wednesdays 1:45pm-4:45pm
  • I&E 748 New Ventures Discovery
    Dinin, Aaron P
    W 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    Online and On-Campus (Hybrid)

    Want to know where good ideas come from? New Ventures: Discovery is designed to lead you to a eureka moment by teaching you how to explore the world around you for problems worth solving. Instead of jumping directly into problem solving and solution development—which can often be wasteful without a clear understanding of a given market and customer need—New Ventures Discovery focuses on research, exploration, and discovery. It asks students to set aside pre-conceived notions, avoiding some of their own blind spots, in order to do the necessary work of collecting data about market and learning to assess it as objectively as possible. The New Ventures: Discovery course is ideal for anyone who wants to excel at finding white space for new innovation and entrepreneurial action.
  • I&E 750 New Ventures Development
    Jones, Jamie
    M 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM
    Online and On-Campus (Hybrid)

    Have an idea for a problem you want to solve or want to design a business model around someone else’s problem? New Ventures: Development will lead you through the process of understanding whether an idea has teeth and if it is a business worth doing. You will learn to assess opportunities, develop and test business models, understand your financials, and build a successful team. If you have an idea that you’ve validated through New Ventures: Discovery or through your independent customer discovery process, New Venture: Development can help you move from idea to action. If you want the experience of designing a business model but don’t have your own idea, there will be an opportunity to form teams around ideas sourced from across the University. New Ventures: Discovery is the ideal course for anyone who wants to learn how to assess and build new business models.
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