Online Resources for Entrepreneurs

Business Model Development

Duke Entrepreneurship Manual

A comprehensive online manual outlining the major considerations in conceiving, launching, and growing a new venture.

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How to Build a StartUp - Lean LaunchPad Online Course

11-lectures that walk you through the Customer Discovery Process, by Steve Blank.  Free. Take at your own pace.

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Customer Discovery Videos

37 micro-videos of actors role-playing customer interviews, Steve Blank commenting.  Related videos include Customer Discovery Checklist and Conducting Customer Discovery Interviews. Also, check out the free book Talking to Humans.

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Lean LaunchPad for Life Sciences

8 video lectures by David Riemer, with helpful modifications to LLP for life science ventures

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Business Model Canvas

Use this helpful template (Interactive Version) to sketch out, test and modify a business model for your new venture.

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Presenting Your Venture

Telling Visual Stories

An 8-minute video with helpful links and references on building a story for your venture for use in presentations and “about us” videos for crowdfunding pages

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How to Pitch to a VC

This 15-minute talk by David Rose explains how to get investors’ attention and how to address their concerns succinctly and professionally.

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Creating an Investor Pitch Deck

This PowerPoint template explains what needs to be included in a pitch to investors, and in what order.  Helpful to new ventures to explain their business to others, even if they are not asking for money.

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Computer Programming Courses

Innovation Co-Lab Roots Program

Specifically for Duke students, the Co-lab offers in-depth, live training courses on a variety of technology topics, from HTML to 3d Printing and everything in between. Registration required; visit

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Online and Local Programming Courses

A list of courses in Mobile development, front-end and back-end programming, and UX design. Offerings include local classes, MOOCs and self-paced online courses.

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Resource Libraries

How to Start a Startup

How to Start a Startup is a series of video lectures on all aspects of venture formation and growth, initially given at Stanford in Fall 2014.

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DukeGEN Speaker Videos

This archive contains videos sorted by topic (elevator pitches, raising money), title (“How to Start a Company,” “Live from Silicon Valley”), speaker (ReverbNation’s Jed Carlson, GrassRoots Biotechnology’s Doug Eisner), and date (going back to 2009).

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Steve Blank Start-Up Tools

A comprehensive list of useful web sites and applications to help launch your venture.

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Web resource for entrepreneurs, including video-based 10 step lessons on common e’ship topics , resource library and toolkit.

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Launch Your Venture: Creating Your Entrepreneur Story

A six-part video series chronicling the emotional start-up journey and important lessons – featuring interviews with 18 founders over the course of their ventures’ development.

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