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I&E Academy

Build your foundation of knowledge in entrepreneurship—wherever you are in the process.


I&E Academy provides a range of learning opportunities to those interested in expanding their skills in innovation and entrepreneurship, with diverse offerings in a variety of formats: workshops, webinars, panels, fireside chats, and speaker series. In addition to exploring fundamentals, advanced topics, and latest trends, participants engage with thought leaders and expand their networks.


Throughout the year, we offer a core workshop series designed for Duke faculty, staff, researchers, and clinicians interested in translating or commercializing their work. These workshops provide foundational skills and training on innovation topics progressing through the stages of entrepreneurial action (discovery of ideas, development of solutions, and delivery of those solutions). Participants are welcome to attend any or all sessions.

Additional special topics I&E Academy sessions vary in their target audiences, with offerings for alumni, undergraduates, graduate and professional students, and the broader community. Examples of such sessions include Open Design for Social Innovation, Intellectual Property, Regulatory Affairs, Prototyping, Sales Process, and more.

2021 I&E Academy Research Translation & Commercialization Workshop Series (Virtual)

*Note: These workshops are designed for Duke faculty, staff, researchers, and clinicians interested in translating/commercializing their work.

Strategy and Business Plan

Yvette Bonaparte with moderator Jon Fjeld: We explored developing a business model, including identifying target customers, building a sustainable competitive advantage, and preparing a fundable plan with milestones.

Recorded February 11, 2021

Venture Deals and Importance of Team

Ginger Rothrock with moderator Sharlini Sankaran: We explored building a team that can effectively capitalize on a business opportunity, as well as acquiring funding and using resources efficiently.

Recorded March 11, 2021; video coming soon

Launching a Venture

Timm Crowder with moderator TBA: We explored the nuts and bolts of launching a new venture, including product development and operational execution as well as growing and scaling the business.

Recorded April 22, 2021; video coming soon

2020 I&E Academy Research Translation & Commercialization Workshop Series (Virtual)

Opportunity Evaluation

Dr. Aaron Dinin, Duke I&E Instructor, tech entrepreneur, and software developer, explored evaluating a market opportunity in the context of the “discover, develop, deliver” model for entrepreneurial action. He presented five heuristics for evaluating a market opportunity, including demonstrable problem/need, demand, cost effective access to demand, timing, and the value of the proposed innovation.

Recorded October 12, 2020

Testing Assumptions to De-Risk Early Stage Ventures

Dr. Jamie Jones, Associate Professor of the Practice and Executive Director for the Fuqua Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, explored assumption testing and learning, emphasizing application of rigorous experimental methods first during the discovery phase and subsequently during the validation phase of testing. She highlighted the criticality of validated learning from the outset to speed progress in the long run.

Recorded November 6, 2020


Contact Andrew Lerner (Program Director, Translational Programs).

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