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And so are resources to support innovators and entrepreneurs. Whether you’re looking for funding or scholarships to support your work, a facility or incubator where you can create a prototype, or investment for your startup, there are resources below that fit your needs. You can also visit our Explore page to discover the always-growing number of places at Duke where innovation and entrepreneurship are happening—or the Local Resources page to check out key avenues of support for entrepreneurs in Durham and North Carolina.

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Innovation Navigators

Tell us who you are and what you’re looking for, and we’ll schedule a brief call or in-person meeting with the best person to share the information, guidance, or advice you need for your innovation journey

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Find Funding

Explore translational research grants, pitch competitions, and other funding sources for your work

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Duke Entrepreneurship Manual

This guide for entrepreneurs provides research-based insights into starting a company.

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Facilities & Incubators

Duke and the Triangle region have numerous spaces and facilities devoted to prototyping equipment, workspaces for lease, startup incubators and accelerators, and beyond.

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Co-Lab Project Discover

A tool to find potential teammates by skill set (design, marketing, backend development)and a platform for students to look at existing projects and connect with the project owner

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New Ventures Fellows

A fellowship program of select MBA students responsible for assisting Duke startups with a variety of activities, working closely with Mentors-in-Residence, who may be staffed on startup projects following successful completion of the initial project

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Office of Translation & Commercialization

A university office responsible for accepting, protecting, managing, and licensing invention disclosures from Duke employees. OTC is comprised of specialists in technology assessment, market research, patent law, contract and licensing, and business development and formation.

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Duke EngEn

Duke Engineering Entrepreneurship integrates needs-driven design experiences, entrepreneurial education, startup resources, and a leadership team of successful entrepreneurs to deliver technological solutions to societal needs in health, defense, climate change, and beyond

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Local Resources for Entrepreneurs

Duke I&E’s home in downtown Durham centers us in a historic, vibrant, and rapidly growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. In addition to partnering with other universities in the area, we connect our community to organizations doing vital work for area entrepreneurs.

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A. James Clark Scholars

Supports incoming first-year students who qualify for need-based financial aid and are interested in founding new ventures at the intersection of business and engineering

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Duke Law Start-up Ventures Clinic

Student-attorneys and supervising professors provide legal advice and assistance to Duke and community entrepreneurs and early-stage ventures that haven’t yet raised significant amounts of outside capital

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Ask a Blue Devil

Connects alumni to both students and other alums for advice and introductions

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Baquerizo Innovation Grant

Awards up to $20K to undergraduate student-led teams that aim to go BIG in creating a new product or service that could have a highly positive and transformative impact on people’s lives

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BioLabs North Carolina

Co-working spaces for life science startups where you can test, develop, and grow your ideas

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Center for Global Women’s Health Tech

Works to make cancer diagnosis, prevention, and treatment more accessible and more effective for women worldwide

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Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship

A research and education center based at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business to prepare leaders and organizations with the business skills needed to achieve lasting social change

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Duke Capital Partners

Supports the global Duke entrepreneurial community with an angel investing platform and co-investment fund, engaging and matching Duke alumni network expertise with portfolio companies

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Duke Co-Lab Innovation Grants

One-on-one support from start to distribution for students who want to build and experiment with new technology

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Duke Heart Incubator

Helps heart faculty and staff navigate the innovation process and get their ideas off the ground

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Duke Office of Regulatory Affairs & Quality

Provides the Duke community with the tools, training, and support needed to navigate the complex regulatory pathways that accompany translational research

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Duke Neuroinnovations

Educates and empowers health technology innovators and leads the transition to a value-driven innovation ecosystem via classes in medtech innovation; mentoring of residents, students, and faculty in the biodesign process; career services for students interested in medtech careers; and community educational events

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MedBlue Incubator

A university-focused incubator that identifies and assists in the development of promising faculty ideas, discoveries, innovations, and technologies that have commercial potential, providing initial seed funding, early-stage business planning, negotiation of IP licenses, strategies for IP protection, and more

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Duke Health Innovation Lab

An incubator and accelerator to develop and test innovations in health technology and care delivery via research, education, and clinical practice

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Duke Office of Clinical Research

Housed within the Duke University School of Medicine, DOCR provides navigation, tools, and training to support the conduct of clinical research in which Duke serves as an investigative site

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Open Design Studio

The Open Design Studio at Duke is a collective of educators, students, and community partners who are learning, researching, and practicing an equity-focused design methodology. ODS is openly designing a world that is actively inclusive, transparent, and collaborative.

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