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Duke I&E Receives Communications Awards

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The Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative (Duke I&E) has received two awards and three honorable mentions from AVA Digital Awards for its communications and multimedia materials.

AVA Digital Awards is an international competition that recognizes excellence by creative professionals responsible for the planning, concept, direction, design, and production of digital communication. Work submitted includes digital engagement campaigns, audio and video production, website development, social media interaction and mobile marketing.

Duke I&E won the highest award level, platinum, in the documentary category for its video on DukeEngage Detroit.


Duke I&E’s website took home a gold in the educational institution category.

The initiative also received honorable mentions in the following categories:

  • Videography for its video on Duke alumna Tatiana Birgisson, founder of MATI Energy.
  • Education/College/University/Trade for its “Innovation Starts Here” commercial advertising the initiative and its mission.
  • E-Newsletter for its June 2016 newsletter. Duke I&E sends out a quarterly newsletter to share entrepreneurship news from the initiative and the surrounding Duke and Durham community. You can sign up to receive the newsletter here.

The Duke I&E communications team includes Nancy Knowles, director, Pilar Timpane, multimedia and video producer, and Katie Jansen, communications specialist. The Rivers Agency of Chapel Hill was an instrumental partner in the design of both the main I&E website and the newsletter.

The mission of the Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative (Duke I&E) is to create a robust culture across the entire university in which we inspire and prepare students and faculty for innovative leadership and support and celebrate the translation of knowledge into the service of society.

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