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I&E Fest

Join us for a virtual I&E Fest and learn about more than 30 programs, clubs, and groups that relate to innovation at Duke University.


If you’re an innovator or an entrepreneur, or you’re interested in learning more about innovation and entrepreneurship at Duke, mark your calendar for I&E Fest!

Every year to kick off the fall semester, Duke I&E welcomes students back to campus and showcases entrepreneurship at Duke. In a session with students, staff, and faculty, along with a Q/A afterwards, learn about Duke’s many programs, clubs, and groups that relate to innovation.

I&E Fest 2021

Live Session for Undergraduate Students – August 25, 2021

Live Session for Graduate & Professional Students – August 26, 2021

I&E Fest 2020

Live Session for Undergraduate Students – August 19, 2020
Live Session for Graduate & Professional Students – August 20, 2020

Featured Videos

I&E Undergraduate Certificate
Audacity Labs
Duke University Energy Initiative
I&E Graduate & Professional Certificate
Bass Connections
Campus Enterprises
Innovation Co-Lab
Melissa & Doug Entrepreneurs
Duke OpenDesign Studio
CEI at Fuqua

Undergraduate I&E Certificate

The I&E Certificate supports undergraduate students of all majors in becoming more innovative, developing valuable problem-solving skills, and turning ideas into action.

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Graduate/Professional I&E Certificate

Through this experiential program, aspiring innovators, entrepreneurs, and founders from across Duke’s graduate and professional programs can complement their course of study, support their career goals, expand their networks, and work on ideas to make a real impact.

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Student Founder Program

Designed for all Duke students interested in someday launching their own ventures—whether commercial, social, artistic, or beyond

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Melissa & Doug Entrepreneurs

Melissa & Doug Entrepreneurs is a year-long intensive fellowship program at Duke in which undergraduate students create their own great startup. 

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A two-semester creative lab where students take their ongoing creative projects—screenplays, films, stage plays, choreography, manuscripts, digital media, and more—to the next level with support from creative industry professionals

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Social Impact

As a leader in the fields of social innovation and social entrepreneurship, Duke connects future change-makers across schools and disciplines to the resources, mentorship, and community they need to tackle the world’s most pressing problems. 

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Open Design Studio

The Open Design Studio at Duke is a collective of educators, students, and community partners who are learning, researching, and practicing an equity-focused design methodology. ODS is openly designing a world that is actively inclusive, transparent, and collaborative.

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DukeEngage Detroit

Students assist innovative social enterprises tackling Detroit’s most pressing social and environmental problems, helping them be more effective, sustainable, and impactful

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Ronald & Carrie Ludwig Duke in Silicon Valley Program

A comprehensive one-month, one course credit program in Silicon Valley designed to give students an intensive experience in the creation of new ventures through coursework, site visits, meetings, and experiences

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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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American Underground

A Google for Startups Tech Hub, AU connects Triangle-area startups to resources, thought leaders, talent, media, and support systems

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Audacity Labs

Audacity Labs is an innovation incubator and co-working space for teens, where teams of student entrepreneurs work together to conceive, develop, and launch new ventures. We offer space, connections, and a structured program of content and coaching, integrating a core set of skills: lean start-up, design thinking, and coding.

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The Cube

An entrepreneurial co-ed selective living group that aims to lower the barriers of entry to entrepreneurship and provides members with the skills and resources to pursue their own ventures

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Bass Connections

Bass Connections bridges the classroom and the real world, giving students a chance to roll up their sleeves and tackle complex societal problems alongside faculty from across Duke.

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Business Oriented Women

Seeks to empower business-oriented female students by promoting education, experience, and exchange between interested students and outstanding industry professionals

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Campus Enterprises

Campus Enterprises is not your typical student organization. They specialize in developing leaders and bringing ideas into material reality by pairing resources with great talent. Each spring, they invite exceptional first years to apply for the chance to further their successful legacy.

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Civic Engagement & Social Change Certificate

The Certificate in Civic Engagement and Social Change is an academic credential for Duke undergraduate students interested in deepening their understanding of social issues by integrating academic coursework with community-based experiences. 

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The DEMAN (Duke Entertainment, Media & Arts Network) community supports connections between alumni and students working in and/or interested in creative industries through mentoring, internships and job opportunities.

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Design for America

Equips students with design thinking and innovation to tackle social challenges on campus and beyond

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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 Cyber Team & Club

Duke Cyber, sponsored by the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy (AGS) and the Duke Office of Information Technology (OIT), is a student-led organization that brings together undergraduates and graduates interested in exploring the purpose, roles, and implications of 21st century technology.

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Duke eNable

A student-run organization that aims to connect amputees in the Durham area with 3D printed adaptive devices, free of cost

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Duke Innovation Co-Lab

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

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Duke Interdisciplinary Social Innovators brings together interdisciplinary graduate student teams that provide pro bono consulting services to social organizations in Durham and beyond, providing students with opportunities to gain collaborative experience while strengthening the work of change makers in technology, business, and public policy

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The Duke Technology Scholars Program is a comprehensive effort to inspire a more diverse group of Duke students to choose careers in computer science and electrical & computer engineering. 

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The Foundry

A project-centered, collaborative space where Duke students can build their ideas for both short- and long-term projects using prototyping supplies, a light machine shop, dedicated project spaces, and secure storage options

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Global Education Office

Information on both domestic and international study away opportunities that may interest I&E students. For instance, our domestic programs with internship/entrepreneurship opportunities such as Duke in Chicago Arts, Duke in LA, Duke in NY Arts and Media, Duke in DC, etc, as well as advising on international opportunities.

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Global Social Innovation Challenge

A social venture pitch competition that recognizes, resources, and rewards student-led social ventures focused on sustainable change

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Hack Duke

A coding for social good hackathon where students unite for a 24-hour sprint to create meaningful hacks

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Hult Prize

Students compete in teams to tackle a pressing global issue on an annual theme, vying for spots in prestigious Hult accelerators that provide mentorship, funding, and business support

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Innovation Navigators

Tell us who you are and what you’re looking for, and we’ll schedule a brief call or in-person meeting with the best person to share the information, guidance, or advice you need for your innovation journey

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Net Impact Club

The local Net Impact chapter aims to provide resources, foster relationships, and expand opportunities for students interested in building careers in the impact sector

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Program for Entrepreneurs (P4E)

In the Program for Entrepreneurs (P4E), undergraduate, graduate and professional students form multidisciplinary teams to explore potential markets for an innovation, evaluate the viability of a business model, develop strategies for bringing it to market and launching a new commercial or social venture – all in a structured participatory learning environment.

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