By Lopa Rahman ‘16
Entrepreneurial-minded students gathered at the Bullpen on Tuesday for an evening of networking with representatives from entrepreneurial organizations and programs and dining at some of Durham’s most popular food trucks. Among the organizations and programs represented at the event were DUHatch, The Foundry, Innovation Co-Lab, Melissa & Doug Entrepreneurs, Duke in Silicon Valley, Duke in Chicago, DukeEngage in Detroit, StartupConnect Summer Entrepreneurs Network, and American Underground. Attendees received vouchers to eat at Belgian Waffle Crafters, Pie Pushers, and Soomsoom Pita Pockets.
“It was a great event for students like me who are really interested in start-ups,” junior Jaime Park said. “I love start-ups because they have so much energy. After taking a course on creative entrepreneurship I was inspired to use creativity and think outside the box. I also am a huge fan of Durham food trucks.”
The networking fair and food truck rodeo attracted students who hadn’t yet had the opportunity to see the new Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship space or fully explore all the entrepreneurial opportunities available to them within the Duke and Triangle communities.
“I have worked for a couple startups and an incubator so I have been involved with the startup community from the beginning,” sophomore Matthew Rock said. “But I hadn’t seen The Bullpen yet and was really excited to see Duke I&E’s new space and get a glimpse of all the entrepreneurship opportunities at Duke and in the area.”
Representatives from entrepreneurial organizations and programs aligned with Duke I&E’s mission reflected on their experiences, which inspired them to apply for the Duke I&E certificate program. Andrew Jacobs, a senior who participated in Duke in Chicago and is part of the Duke I&E certificate program, said Duke in Chicago opened his eyes to the power of creation, especially in the arts. Michael Schroeder, a sophomore in the Duke I&E certificate program who also did Duke in Chicago, said his experience in Chicago helped him land an internship opportunity with an incubator.
“I am more sure than ever that I want to go into entrepreneurship,” Schroeder said.