Entrepreneurship Week 2015

Monday, September 28

I&E Certificate Information Session

4:30 – 5:00PM, The Bullpen, 215 Morris Street

Learn about the 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. Learn more about the certificate here.


I&E Academy presents

Venture Capital Fundraising: Understanding Your Audience

5:00 – 6:30PM, The Bullpen, 215 Morris Street

Facilitator: John Glushik
Managing Director, Duke Angel Network
General Partner, Intersouth Partners

Fundraising from venture capital firms can be a long, hard journey. It starts with understanding the perspective of a venture capitalist. This session will describe how a venture capital fund is structured and what drives the venture investment decision-making process. Regardless of the stage of your venture, a better understanding of your investor audience will inform your fundraising strategy and your design of pitch materials.

For more information about the I&E Academy series, click here.


Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Workshop:

Introduction to Human-Centered Design

6:45 – 8:30PM, The Bullpen, 215 Morris Street

Facilitator: Rob Calvey
Design for America
Introduction to Human Centered Design

What is Human-Centered Design? Human-Centered Design is an outline of methods where the needs, wants, and limitations of the end user of a product or service given specific consideration at every stage of the multi-stage design process. Join us for a highly interactive workshop as we use the Design for America approach to tackle the issue of engaging and retaining girls and young women in the STEM fields.

Rob Calvey co-founded Design for America at Virginia Tech after being inspired by DFA’s culture of community interaction, interdisciplinary teamwork, and real world implementation. Now Rob continues to use those lessons to help grow DFA from its national office in the Segal Design Institute.

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Tuesday, September 29

Duke Law Start-Up Ventures Law Clinic

3:00 – 5:00PM, The Bullpen, 215 Morris Street

Do you need help protecting your great idea? Could you use some assistance figuring out a good way to structure your new business? Duke Law’s Start-Up Ventures Clinic can help. The clinic couples student-attorneys with practicing supervising attorneys to provide pro bono legal advice and assistance to seed and early-stage entrepreneurial ventures.

We will offer free, confidential office hours to answer general legal questions and point entrepreneurs to additional resources. Drop by or reserve an appointment.

Learn more about the Duke Law Start-Up Ventures Clinic here.


Entrepreneurship Fair and Networking Event

Food Truck Rodeo

5:30 – 7:30PM, The Bullpen, 215 Morris Street

Join us to learn more about our programs and activities for students, as well as for an opportunity to network with other entrepreneurially-minded students! You will also have the opportunity to interact with and learn more about entrepreneurship clubs and groups, such as The Cube selective living center, DUHatch, Innovation Co-Lab, Melissa & Doug Entrepreneurs, Duke in Silicon Valley, Duke in Chicago, DukeEngage in Detroit, StartupConnect Summer Entrepreneurs Network, American Underground, and more…

We will also be hosting a food truck rodeo outside of The Bullpen. Food vouchers and Bullpen t-shirts will be given to the first 200 students (Duke ID required). Buses will run from East and West Campus bus stops from 5:00 to 8:00PM.

Wednesday, September 30

16th Annual Duke Startup Challenge: Grand Finale Event

6:30 – 10:00PM, Geneen Auditorium, Fuqua School of Business

Celebrate Duke’s entrepreneurial spirit at the Grand Finale of the year long entrepreneurship competition, the 16th Annual Duke Startup Challenge. The evening will kick off at 6:30pm with a reception open to all: meet the Blue Devil, get a free t-shirt, and join our raffle for a free iPad mini!

The main event will include opening remarks from Duke parent, investor, and serial entrepreneur, Magdalena Yesil, and we will hear Duke Startup Challenge top teams give their final pitches. One will win the $50,000 Grand Prize; please join us and help select the winner!

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Friday, October 2

Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Series

12:00PM – 1:00PM, Bryan Center, Student Life Conference Center

Join us for a brown bag community lunch for those interested in social innovation and entrepreneurship. Our guest this week will be Pamela Hawley ’91, Founder and CEO of Universal Giving. Fresh cookies provided!


General Information

The Bull City Connector is a great way to reach our new downtown location! The fare-free shuttle stops just two blocks from The Bullpen and can now be picked up at Duke Hospital North, the Durham VA Medical Center, Research Drive, Erwin Square and Ninth Street! For more information on the bus route, click here.

Parking is also available near The Bullpen. Please use the uncovered parking lot immediately across the street from the building entrance.


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


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