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Discover the endless places where the Duke community is innovating.

Innovation Is Everywhere at Duke

Below you can explore Duke’s incubators, accelerators, partnerships, labs, and beyond—all the places contributing to Duke’s work of solving the world’s most pressing problems. Wondering how and where you fit in? Schedule a brief call or appointment through our Innovation Navigators service.


Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator

A partnership that supports social innovation entrepreneurs in identifying, assessing, developing, building, and scaling sustainable solutions to the most pressing challenges facing children and youth around the world

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The BRiDGE Startup Incubator

Supports the development and launch of startups at Duke and provides co-working lab and office space in downtown Durham for technology and life science companies

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Office of Translation & Commercialization

A university office responsible for accepting, protecting, managing, and licensing invention disclosures from Duke employees. OTC is comprised of specialists in technology assessment, market research, patent law, contract and licensing, and business development and formation.

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Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Housed by Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, CEI’s mission is to advance the scholarship, teaching, and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation

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Duke EngEn

Duke Engineering Entrepreneurship integrates needs-driven design experiences, entrepreneurial education, startup resources, and a leadership team of successful entrepreneurs to deliver technological solutions to societal needs in health, defense, climate change, and beyond

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Duke Health Innovation Lab

An incubator and accelerator to develop and test innovations in health technology and care delivery via research, education, and clinical practice

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Duke MEDx

Enhances existing ties and encourages new collaborations and research opportunities among faculty from the School of Medicine and the Pratt School of Engineering as well as other schools, institutes, and initiatives at Duke.

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Duke Forge

Duke’s center for actionable health data science, the Forge is part of a community spanning the university, the Duke health system, and beyond using data science to develop insights and improve health outcomes

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Duke Innovation Co-Lab

Connects the Duke community with technology resources, program, and facilities

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Duke Clinical Research Institute

Through innovative clinical research, develops and shares knowledge that improves the care of patients around the world

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Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute

Makes the research process faster and easier for health innovators, providing funding, project management, datasets, and other resources to help move ideas from the lab to the real world to benefit patients and communities

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MedBlue Incubator

A university-focused incubator that identifies and assists in the development of promising faculty ideas, discoveries, innovations, and technologies that have commercial potential, providing initial seed funding, early-stage business planning, negotiation of IP licenses, strategies for IP protection, and more

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Center for Advanced Hindsight

Created by behavioral scientist Dan Ariely to help people better understand and predict what will make them happier, healthier, and wealthier

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Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship

A research and education center based at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business to prepare leaders and organizations with the business skills needed to achieve lasting social change

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Duke Neuroinnovations

Educates and empowers health technology innovators and leads the transition to a value-driven innovation ecosystem via classes in medtech innovation; mentoring of residents, students, and faculty in the biodesign process; career services for students interested in medtech careers; and community educational events

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Duke Mobile App Gateway for Digital Health

The entry point for support of digital health and mobile app research and development throughout Duke Health and Duke University

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Duke Institute for Health Innovation

Promotes innovation in health and health care through high-impact innovation pilots, leadership development, and cultivation of a community of entrepreneurship

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A. James Clark Scholars

Supports incoming first-year students who qualify for need-based financial aid and are interested in founding new ventures at the intersection of business and engineering

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New Ventures Fellows

A fellowship program of select MBA students responsible for assisting Duke startups with a variety of activities, working closely with Mentors-in-Residence, who may be staffed on startup projects following successful completion of the initial project

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Duke Law Start-up Ventures Clinic

Student-attorneys and supervising professors provide legal advice and assistance to Duke and community entrepreneurs and early-stage ventures that haven’t yet raised significant amounts of outside capital

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Center for Global Women’s Health Tech

Works to make cancer diagnosis, prevention, and treatment more accessible and more effective for women worldwide

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Co-Lab Project Discover

A tool to find potential teammates by skill set (design, marketing, backend development)and a platform for students to look at existing projects and connect with the project owner

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Duke Angel Network

Supports the global Duke entrepreneurial community with an angel investing platform and co-investment fund, engaging and matching Duke alumni network expertise with portfolio companies

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Duke Heart Incubator

Helps heart faculty and staff navigate the innovation process and get their ideas off the ground

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Duke Law Tech Lab

An accelerator for the next generation of startups that will change the way legal and civic services are delivered

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Duke Learning Innovation

Helps Duke students learn more, and enables people to learn from Duke, through partnering with Duke faculty to support new approaches to learning, building and curating education technology tools, supporting online learning opportunities, and piloting new technologies.

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Duke-Coulter Translational Partnership

Duke's translational partnership with the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation supports collaborative research projects that address unmet clinical needs and lead to improvements in health care and to commercial products

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Four Points Innovation

A strategic partnership between Duke and Deerfield Management focused on supporting and accelerating the translation of research into new therapies to treat and cure society’s most formidable healthcare challenges

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Smart Home

Operated by the Pratt School of Engineering, a 6,000 square foot student living and research space that houses the Smart Home Club and serves as a community resource for sustainable building techniques

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