Startup Facilities & Incubators

Prototyping Facilities

The Foundry

The Foundry provides 7,600 square feet of project space for Duke student teams, faculty, and staff focused on engineering, energy, entrepreneurship, and sustainability to build ideas from the ground up. The space features: optics and electronics shops, light machining tools, workbenches, teaching and meeting spaces, dedicated space for short-term and long-term projects.

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Free Programs


DUhatch transforms innovative ideas into viable business and social ventures by connecting enterprising students with faculty and industry mentors. It provides professional office space and facilitates business development to help solve the problems every fledgling venture faces.

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Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University

The Center for Advanced Hindsight selects startup companies interested in building digital solutions that address decision behavior in the health and finance fields. During an incubation period of 6-9 months, the Center’s researchers will help participants leverage social science research to test and bring to scale innovations aimed at substantially improving decision-making.

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Groundwork Labs

GL is a community for selected entrepreneurs to test their idea and get expert guidance before they take their next step, whether that be getting their first round of funding, gaining admission to an accelerator, or bootstrapping their company to revenue.

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Startup Workspaces for Lease

American Underground

The American Underground is a nationally acclaimed home for startups in downtown Durham and Raleigh. It provides high-growth companies with the flexible office space and community connections necessary to reach their potential.

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First Flight Venture Center

FFVC offers 20,000 square feet of leasable office and laboratory space for up to 40 emerging technology companies. In addition, it provides shared business services, technology support services, and management guidance and counseling.

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The Frontier

The Frontier is a mixed-use space, including free co-working and drop in meeting space, tenant offices on the third floor, and event space. Wi-Fi, Counter Culture Coffee, the Community Garden, and programs are all free of charge and open to everyone.

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NCBiotech Office Share Space

NCBiotech is offering a limited number of offices to life-science related businesses in its Research Triangle Park headquarters.

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The Startup Factory

The Startup Factory runs an intensive, three-month program for early-stage companies. Startups receive seed capital, hands-on mentorship, and access to a network of active angels, veteran startup founders, and technology experts.

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Southeast TechInventures

STI provides grant and funding support, engineering and development assistance, company infrastructure support (company incorporation, business process guidelines, structural advice), and other necessities to faculty members seeking to commercialize university IP.

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Incubators and Startup Programs with Duke Connections

Looking for an incubator to accelerate your startup? This list includes more than two dozen incubators with Duke connections, in locations ranging from Silicon Valley to Buenos Aires.

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