Duke capital partners Associates

Duke Capital Partners brings together over 100 members of Duke’s entrepreneurial community to invest in Duke-affiliated startups. Founded in 2015, Duke Capital Partners is investing in companies in which a founder, executive, or board member is a Duke University alumnus, faculty member, staff member, student, or parent. Members (investors) are individual accredited investors with a Duke affiliation. The group targets private companies with the potential for significant growth and financial return. In addition to facilitating investments, Duke Capital Partners leverages the power of the global Duke community to provide guidance and expertise to portfolio companies.

Duke MBA students can become part-time Associates on a volunteer basis. Applications are due in early Fall of first year.

Duke New Venture Fellows

The Duke New Venture Fellows program helps Duke MBA students gain startup experience by working with technologies that are spinning out of Duke University.  This program is run by Duke’s Office of Licensing and Ventures (OLV) which is the tech transfer office at Duke University.

As a New Venture Fellow, Duke MBA students join in conversations with leading faculty discussing the future of innovation and entrepreneurship at Duke. As a fellow, you’ll

  • Work closely with faculty, staff, and experienced serial entrepreneurs
  • Commercialize and bring to market cutting-edge technology
  • Network with innovators and Duke faculty from across industries
  • Contribute to high-level conversations, attend invite-only guest speakers, and join founder pitch sessions

Applications are due in the Fall and in the Spring.  For more information visit the website.  If you have questions, email Rob Hallford (Fuqua ’05) at rob.hallford@duke.edu.

Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club

The EVCC is an award-winning club run by Duke MBA students interested in entrepreneurship. It is an active and important student organization that hosts speakers, meetings, and trips to entrepreneurial hubs like Silicon Valley.

Private Equity Club

The PE Club develops a strong relationship between Fuqua and the global private equity community through educational events, speaker series, and employment initiatives.

Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition Club

The ETA Club aims to educate and empower those within the Fuqua community who have aspirations of pursuing entrepreneurship through acquisition and/or search funds by providing members with resources and networking opportunities necessary to succeed.


Duke Entrepreneurial Leadership Network (ELN)

The Duke Entrepreneurial Leadership Network (ELN) is a select group of Duke alumni and current students in their final year who are committed to founding or leading an innovation-drive startup. ELN Fellows see the potential of science and technology to positively impact society and have the bold spirit needed to start and scale organizations that can enable that potential to be realized.  These dedicated entrepreneurs will positively impact the communities in which they operate by creating economic value and jobs, delivering solutions to large-scale problems, and building durable new ventures. This program is by application only through an annual selection process.


Through the TechTreks, Duke MBA students can visit venture capital and startup firms in other cities. Silicon Valley is an annual destination, with additional trips planned, based on interest, to Boston, New York, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Austin, Chicago and other cities that have entrepreneurship. Past meetings have included  Kleiner Perkins, Google, Apple and other prestigious firms as well as startups. This program is administered by the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club, with support from Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship.