Innovation & Entrepreneurship Academy

The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Academy provides a range of learning opportunities for those interested in expanding their skill set in innovation and entrepreneurship. Our sessions cover a broad set of topics, ranging from design thinking and developing innovative solutions to new venture funding, protecting intellectual property, and writing business plans. Academy offerings are designed for everyone—undergraduate students, graduate and professional students, faculty, staff, and community members. Whether you are looking for expertise in a specific area of innovation and entrepreneurship, committed to building a solid knowledge base, or simply curious to learn more, our programming provides opportunities to meet your needs. Participants are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions—RSVP registration links are located in each session description.

I&E Academy 2017

I Have an Idea. Do I Need a Lawyer?

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

6 to 7 p.m., Gross Hall 270

Facilitator: Darrell Fruth
Senior Lecturing Fellow
Supervising Attorney, Start-Up Ventures Clinic
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Every new venture—whether a community-based nonprofit or the next big tech company—will eventually need the help of legal counsel. But when should entrepreneurs and start-ups seek this counsel? When is legal help urgent and when might it wait?
The Duke Law Start-Up Ventures Clinic will offer some guidance to entrepreneurs at all stages of the start-up process. Supervising Attorney Darrell Fruth and student-attorneys from the clinic will present some practical guidelines and answer your questions.

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Perfecting the Pitch

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

5 to 6 p.m., Gross Hall 270

Facilitator: Andy Roth
Co-Founder of RocketBolt
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You may know the content of your pitch backwards and forwards, but what about your presentation? What about your tone of voice or body language? Are you giving the most persuasive pitch possible or is something distracting the audience from your presentation? There are plenty of people who can tell you whether the content of your pitch needs work. This session will go over how the way you speak, the way you stand, and even the way you breathe can make or break your pitch.
This session is interactive. Participants should come prepared to move around and wear comfortable clothes.

The Art of Risk-Taking: Tactical Tools for Taking Risks and Handling Fear, Failure & Rejection

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

5:45 to 7 p.m., Gross Hall 270

Facilitator: Caitie Whelan
Founder of The Lightning Notes
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How can you take risks consistent with your values? How can you better handle fear, failure, rejection and criticism? Having tools to manage these realities are critical to your success in bringing innovative ideas to life, and being a leader in your chosen area. Join us for a dynamic workshop where you will gain concrete tools to exercise your risk “muscle” and learn how to fail forward.

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