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Spring Research Conference to Convene Triangle-Area Entrepreneurship Scholars

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In Fall 2018, the Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative hosted its inaugural I&E Research Symposium at the Bullpen in downtown Durham’s innovation district. Scholars, primarily from Duke and UNC, presented and discussed early-stage research related to topics including crowdfunding, venture capital, A/B testing, and gender in “garage” entrepreneurship. This year’s  event also featured a lunch keynote presentation from Professor Yael Hochberg of Rice University on her work about the cost, in traffic fatalities, of ride-sharing. Check out a summary of the papers discussed here.

The format of the Symposium, a one-day informal event that Duke I&E plans to host every fall, was designed to convene and support local scholars whose research relates to innovation and entrepreneurship in order to nurture a growing regional community of practice. By putting research from junior faculty at the fore in a more casual setting, Duke I&E hopes to encourage testing of new ideas and lines of inquiry.

“We’ve got amazing junior faculty and PhD students at the universities in our area who are doing really fascinating work looking at various aspects of the entrepreneurial process,” said David Robinson, Duke I&E’s Director of Research. “We wanted to create a platform for them to get feedback and share their work.”

The upcoming Duke I&E Research Conference, to be held April 4, will bring scholars from top institutions around the world to connect with the Triangle’s vibrant community of entrepreneurship scholars. This conference, co-hosted by Duke I&E and the UNC Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise, provides a more formal venue for scholars to present later-stage work.

Because research on innovation and entrepreneurship is not contained in any single field or discipline, both the I&E Symposium and the I&E Conference are interdisciplinary by nature. Participants receive feedback and thought partnership from peers with whom they may not otherwise have had the opportunity to connect. Because scholars doing this type of research have limited opportunities to convene, Duke I&E hopes to provide Triangle-area researchers with spaces for networking and exchanging ideas.

For more information on the upcoming Research Conference or to receive information about future opportunities for Triangle-area innovation and entrepreneurship researchers, email Camille Warren.

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