Entrepreneurship Week 2014

Monday, September 15

Social Entrepreneurship: Innovating a Better World

6:30 p.m., Sanford, Room 004

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Panel Discussion

  • Donnel Baird T’03, Founder, BlocPower, Echoing Green Fellow
  • Daniel Kimberg T’07, Founder, Student U
  • Rachel Lichte B’14, Founder, The Clarity Project
  • Moderated by Matt Nash, Managing Director of Social Entrepreneurship, Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative

Reception 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 16

How To Be A Rockstar Startup Employee

5:00-6:00 p.m., Gross Hall 107

Come hear Venture for America (VFA) explain how to be a stellar employee for a startup company. From good habits to develop to the top must-read books, VFA details the tools you’ll need to hit the ground running and do well while doing good. VFA is a career accelerator for recent grads who want to learn how to build a business while making an impact.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate Information Session

6:00-7:00 p.m., Gross Hall 107


Learn about the new undergraduate experiential certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The Certificate provides students with a pathway to pursue a rigorous cross-disciplinary study of innovation and entrepreneurship that is complementary to any major.  The certificate requires an in-depth course of study examining the theories of innovation and entrepreneurship, coupled with hands-on practice in both areas.

SEAD speaker

5:45p.m., Fuqua School of Business, Lilly Classroom

“Scaling Innovations in Global Health,” Alden Zecha, CFO and Strategist, Sproxil, SEAD Innovator

Light reception to follow

Innovation Co-Lab Studio Night

7:00 p.m., The Link, Classroom 2

Dinner included
Thomas Thekkekandam, Fuqua/Law ’10, is a consultant and entrepreneur and will share insights about the job search, his experiences, and lessons learned.

Also of interest: CED Tech Venture Conference, Raleigh Convention Center

Wednesday, September 17

The Duke Entrepreneurial Experience: The Journey from Idea to Impact

4:30p.m., French Family Science Center, Room 2231

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Panel Discussion
The members of the first panel will share stories and lessons learned from their experiences with innovation and entrepreneurship. The second panel will discuss the various resources available at Duke for those interested in creating a business.

Working as a Faculty Entrepreneur: Our Stories

  • Donald McDonnell, PhD, Glaxo-Wellcome Professor of MCB and Chairman, Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology; Professor of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine
  • Jeff Glass, PhD, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Bradi Granger, PhD, Associate Professor, Duke School of Nursing and Director, Heart Center Nursing Research Program
  • Jody McAuliffe, MFA, Chair of Theater Studies, Professor of the Practice of Theater Studies and Slavic and Eurasian Studies
  • Moderated by Bruce Sullenger, PhD, director, Duke Translational Research Institute (DTRI), Professor of Surgery, Duke School of Medicine

The Landscape of Translational Support Services

  • Jon Fjeld, PhD, Professor of the Practice, Fuqua School of Business
  • Rose Ritts, PhD, Executive Director of the Office of Licensing and Ventures
  • Victoria Christian, COO, Duke Translational Research Institute
  • Kip Frey, JD, Director, Law and Entrepreneurship Program, Duke Law School
  • Moderated by Eric Toone, PhD, Vice Provost and Director of Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative, Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Biochemistry

Reception 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 18

Innovation Starts Here: Student Opportunities in I&E

4:30 p.m., Gross Hall, Room 107

Keynote Speakers

“Disruptive Innovation – A Taste of Duke in Silicon Valley,” presented by Matt Christensen, E’02, CEO and Portfolio Manager, Rose Park Investments

“Music+Tech+Entrepreneurship” – performance by John Supko, Hunt Family Assistant Professor of Music

Emcee Rence Nemeh, T’15, Duke in Chicago, Duke University Improv (DUI)

Entrepreneurship Fair, Gross Hall lobby

Join us to learn more about our programs and activities for students, including entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship clubs, TheCube selective living center, DUHatch, Innovation Co-Lab, Melissa & Doug Entrepreneurs, Duke in Silicon Valley, Duke in Chicago, DukeEngage in Detroit, Summer Innovation Program, Bass Connections, American Underground, HQ Raleigh, and more…

BBQ – on the portico outside Gross Hall

Friday, September 19

Building a Dream on Our Own Terms: Building Entrepreneurial Women

11:30 a.m., Washington Duke Inn

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Panel Discussion

  • Melissa Bernstein, T’87, Founder and CEO, Melissa & Doug
  • Rachel Braun Scherl, T’87, Principal, SPARK Solutions for Growth
  • Christy Shaffer, PhD, Venture Partner, Hatteras Venture Partners
  • Kathie Amato, Senior Strategist for Education, Duke I&E
  • Tatiana Birgisson, T’12, Founder, Mati Energy Drinks
  • Moderated by Kimberly Jenkins, T’76, G’77, G’80, Director, Duke in Silicon Valley

Duke I&E Office Hours

3:00-5:00 p.m., Gross Hall 102

Meet with staff from Duke I&E to talk informally about topics related to entrepreneurship and innovation.

15th Annual Duke Start-Up Challenge: Grand Finale Event

8:00 p.m., Geneen Auditorium, Fuqua School of Business

Key Note Speaker

Max Hodak E’12, Founder, Transcriptic

Competition Finale

The Duke Start-Up Challenge is a year-long entrepreneurship competition with an entry pool of over 100 Duke student teams. After elimination rounds through the year and participation in the Summer Innovation Program, seven teams remain. At the Grand Finale event, our top seven teams will give their final pitch, and one will win the $50,000 Grand Prize. Please join us and help us select the winner!

For more information, please contact:
Nancy Knowles, Director of Strategic Communications, Duke I&E
Andrea Yackenovich, Program Director, Duke I&E