While our faculty and staff members represent a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and areas of interest, they’re all dedicated to a common goal—supporting the Duke community in changing the world through entrepreneurial action.
Howie Rhee serves two roles at Duke University. Since 2007, he has been the Managing Director at Fuqua’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, working closely with Professors Jon Fjeld, Wes Cohen, David Robinson, and Ronnie Chatterji. After the creation of Duke’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative (Duke I&E), he took on the additional role of Managing Director for Student and Alumni Affairs for Duke I&E.
As a career goal, he is dedicated to making entrepreneurship at Duke University awesome. His programs at Duke include the Program for Entrepreneurs (co-directed with Jon Fjeld), Melissa & Doug Entrepreneurs, the Duke Startup Challenge, the Duke Global Entrepreneurship Network (DukeGEN, co-founded with Reid Lewis and Jon Fjeld), StartupConnect, and advising a number of student organizations including the Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Club, HackDuke, The Cube, and several more. He spends much of his time having one-on-one conversations with students and alumni, typically having about 20 meetings per week. Across his career, he has hosted over 100 different entrepreneurship speaker events, hosted three entrepreneurship weeks at Duke University (2007 – 2009) including an Honorable Mention from the Global Entrepreneurship Week organization in 2009, interviewed dozens of Duke entrepreneurs and investors for DukeGEN, and has had personal mentoring sessions with hundreds of Duke students and alumni.
Howie has been a student of entrepreneurship since his undergraduate days at MIT, where he took entrepreneurship courses. While a junior, he started his first company, Twilight Games. He went on to become a co-founder of IGC, a leading games provider at the time, which was acquired by Go2Net in the late 1990s. He worked at Strategy.com, a subsidiary of MicroStrategy, then joined TechTrader, a software startup based in Washington, D.C. He also worked at Weather Predict, a spinout of Florida State University. Howie went on to earn an MBA from Fuqua. He focused on entrepreneurship as an MBA student, taking as many entrepreneurship classes as he could at Duke, and simultaneously participated in the TEC program at NC State to further his entrepreneurship education. In addition, he worked with Kip Frey to draft a proposal on how Fuqua could improve its entrepreneurship programs.
After finishing his MBA, he worked in the North Carolina entrepreneurship community. At the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), he helped more than 100 entrepreneurs develop their ideas and start their companies. While there, he was responsible for running FastTrac, a 10 week intensive course for entrepreneurs, as well as directing other entrepreneurial mentorship programs and speaker series, including a series of a dozen joint discussions between entrepreneurship leaders of the various local North Carolina universities.
Howie served on the board of directors for the Global MIT Enterprise Forum (2007-10), which has 24 chapters around the world. He was the president of the MIT Club of RTP (2004-07) and was a board member of Leadership Triangle, a non-profit group created to build leadership capacity to foster regional awareness and cooperation in the Triangle. As an MBA student, Howie founded FuquaNC, a student club that helped other students focused on staying in North Carolina, and was co-president of FuquaVision, the sketch comedy club.
Howie is married and has three children.