The Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative (I&E) will move this summer to the Imperial Building, located in the heart of the Durham Innovation District. I&E will occupy the Imperial Building’s third floor and will be the hub for all Duke University innovation and entrepreneurship activities, including collaboration, event, and classroom space, as well as I&E offices.
The 15,000-square-foot, newly-renovated space is steps from the American Underground and will be a focal point for Duke and local entrepreneurs. It’s also close to the new life sciences research and technology hub at the Carmichael Building, securing I&E’s place as an integral part of downtown Durham’s explosive growth.
I&E’s new space will house classrooms and conference rooms, small group meeting spaces, co-working spaces, workstations, private offices, a café, catering kitchen, and a social/game area. All activities will focus on content, instruction, and coaching for the both Duke and Downtown Durham’s flourishing entrepreneurship scenes.
“Duke I&E is a perfect fit for Durham.ID, which is quickly taking shape as a world class home to talented minds and game-changing ideas,” said Jessica Brock, Durham-based managing director at Longfellow Real Estate Partners, which is developing the project with Measurement, Inc. “Our network of facilities is designed to accommodate everything from the advanced wet lab science of Duke researchers at the Carmichael Building to Duke I&E’s nurturing of young entrepreneurs and startups. We look forward to the boundless energy Duke I&E will bring and to seeing it multiply as Durham.ID grows.”