I&E Academy Spring 2016

I&E Academy Spring 2016 Courses

What’s Your Problem? Identifying Needs & Defining Problems for Social Innovation

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

5:00-6:30 p.m., (6:00-6:30 p.m. optional), Gross Hall 270

Facilitator: Matt Nash
Managing Director, Social Entrepreneurship
Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative (I&E)


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Social entrepreneurs seeking to develop innovative, sustainable solutions in areas such as health, poverty, education, environmental sustainability, human rights, etc., often discover that these domains are full of “wicked problems”—seemingly unsolvable, intractable challenges with multiple, often systemic causes, and interwoven, exacerbating effects on several stakeholder groups. In this session, we will discuss and apply analytical tools and methods of human-centered design for problem discovery and analysis to help social entrepreneurs and the communities with whom they engage to diagnose and frame a problem with precision and clarity, and in such a way that the root causes of the problem, not just its symptoms, will be addressed. Optional final 30 minutes to include focus on global health innovation, in collaboration with the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD).


Top 10 Legal Mistakes that Start-Ups Make (and How to Avoid Them!)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

5:00-6:30 p.m., The Bullpen at Duke I&E (215 Morris Street, Suite 300, Durham, NC)

Facilitator: Jeff Ward
Lecturing Fellow
Director, Start-Up Ventures Clinic


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As you launch on an entrepreneurial journey, how can you and your team avoid the common missteps that delay or derail many start-ups? Come learn about common legal mistakes that start-ups make and how to avoid them.

The Duke Law School Start-Up Ventures Clinic provides legal advice and assistance to seed and early-stage entrepreneurial ventures that have not yet raised significant amounts of outside capital. The clinic assists clients in a wide variety of legal matters including formation, intellectual property protection, commercialization strategies and operational issues.


Raising Capital

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

5:00-6:30 p.m., The Bullpen at Duke I&E (215 Morris Street, Suite 300, Durham, NC)

Facilitator: Matthew Kane
CEO, Precision BioSciences


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Raising capital is one of the most difficult challenges facing any venture. Matthew Kane, MBA’06 will share his personal experiences leading Precision BioSciences through its capital raising process. Regardless of the stage of your venture, learning from someone who has traveled through this long hard journey can be essential to your future success.

About Precision BioSciences
Precision BioSciences’ mission is to translate the world’s most powerful genome editing technology into greatly needed products throughout the life sciences. Precision’s proprietary ARCUS genome editing technology enables the production of highly specific nucleases that can insert, remove, and modify DNA at essentially any location in a complex genome.

Precision BioSciences’ vision is to be the conduit through which the greatest genome engineering challenges are solved. Precision is developing genome editing-based products to address critical needs in human health, agriculture, and beyond. For additional information, please visit www.precisionbiosciences.com.


The Intersection of Entrepreneurship, Energy, and Policy

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

5:00-6:30 p.m., The Bullpen at Duke I&E (215 Morris Street, Suite 300, Durham, NC)

Facilitator: Lyle Estill
President & Co-Founder, Piedmont Biofuels


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Piedmont Biofuels co-founder Lyle Estill is a seasoned social entrepreneur with an unusually diverse resume. A self-described “traveling salesman who accidentally became an environmentalist,” he has guided technology and energy startup ventures on three continents over the course of three decades of business experience. During that time, his vision has evolved toward increasingly local and sustainable solutions to energy and environmental challenges.

In this talk, Estill will examine what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur amidst the rapid and continual change of the renewable energy sector. Drawing on experience in biofuels, wind and hydropower, he’ll discuss common challenges–including state and federal policies, technologies, and market trends, as well as opportunities for people with big ideas and a commitment to making sustainability work.


Win the Game of Social Media and Entrepreneurship: Enhance Your Networking and Personal Branding Skills

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

5:00-6:30 p.m., Gross Hall 270

Facilitator: Laura Tierney
Social Media Director, McKinney


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Social media expert Laura Tierney (Duke ’09) shares how you, as the founder of an entrepreneurial venture, can be at the cutting edge in personal branding and digital engagement. Leveraging her social media corporate experience at ESPN and at the award winning advertising agency McKinney, Laura coaches students and professionals on social media strategies and techniques that fuel success.


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