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Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative Joins Durham.ID

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(Durham) The Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative (I&E) will move to the Imperial Building, located in the heart of the Durham Innovation District, this summer. The third floor of the Imperial Building will serve as the hub for all innovation and entrepreneurship activity at Duke University and includes collaboration, event, and classroom space as well as the I&E offices.

The 15,000 square feet of newly renovated space is a short walk from the American Underground and will serve as a focal point for Duke entrepreneurs, local entrepreneurs, and the new life sciences research and technology hub at the Carmichael Building, making I&E an integral part of the explosive growth of downtown Durham.

The third floor of the Imperial Building will house classrooms and conference rooms, small group meeting space and coworking space, workstations and private offices, a café and catering kitchen, and a social/game space. Activity in the space will focus on content, instruction and coaching for the burgeoning entrepreneurship scene both at Duke and in Downtown Durham.

“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.”

For more information about Duke I&E’s new space and the move to Downtown Durham, please contact Eric Toone at

About Duke I&E

Duke’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative seeks to generate innovations from the ideas that grow at the university and translate those innovations to positively impact individuals, communities, institutions and societies. We seek to inspire and prepare all members of the university community for innovative leadership and to actively support and encourage the translation of knowledge in the service of society.

For more information on the Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative, see

For more information on the Innovation WorkSpaces at Duke, see

For more information on Duke I&E contact Nancy Knowles at

About Durham.ID

Durham.ID is the Triangle’s newest downtown address for innovation. Developed by Longfellow Real Estate Partners, in collaboration with Duke University and Measurement Incorporated, Durham.ID is 1.7 million sf of flexible workspaces, cutting-edge lab space, and mixed-use opportunities—all master-planned to fit the 24-hour life of a thriving creative class while blending an industrious history with Durham’s vibrant new startup culture.

One of the nation’s few comparable sites is Kendall Square in Cambridge, MA and Longfellow Real Estate Partners was a key developer in Kendall Square’s success.

The Brookings Institute says innovation hubs like Durham.ID are good bets to create jobs: “Innovation districts have the unique potential to spur productive, inclusive and sustainable economic development.” The City of Durham has emerged as a hotspot for talent and ideas. Forbes recently named it one of “America’s Smartest Cities” while Nerdwallet recognized it as one of the “Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs.”

For more information on the Durham Innovation District, see or contact Billy Warden at 919-412-0630


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