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StartupConnect

Through a range of programs and offerings, get connected with careers, internships, and opportunities with startups.

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To serve the many Duke students interested in gaining startup experience, StartupConnect provides an ongoing listing of available opportunities, as well as hosting workshops, regional events, and our annual StartupConnect Networking Fair.

Jobs & Internships Listing

I&E maintains an ongoing listing of innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities. While geared towards students, this listing is available to all members of the Duke community. It serves as a complement to the StartupConnect Networking Fair, providing a platform for employers and other partners to reach prospective Duke interns, employees, researchers, and teammates year round.

Workshops & Events

Workshops and regional events will always be listed on our calendar. To ensure you learn about these and other opportunities, subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media.

Networking Fair

Every year, the StartupConnect Networking Fair draws hundreds of students from across Duke to visit with startup employer representatives, may of whom are Duke alumni. This event—cohosted by I&E, Pratt, Fuqua, and the Career Center—is a great place to find internships and career connections and learn what it’s like to work at a startup.

This year’s Networking Fair was held virtually on February 18, 2021. Please ensure you are signed up to receive our newsletter to learn of future opportunities!

2021 Participating Startup Employers

Accion SystemsPrecise, safe, efficient in-space propulsion systems enabling missions across the galaxy. Accion has reinvented propulsion for New Space, and created a more efficient ion thruster: the Tiled Ionic Liquid Electrospray (TILE) engine. Powerful thrust in a small package with the most efficient propulsion system in space.
Arctic AnalyticsArctic Analytics is a data aggregation, visualization, and machine learning platform that serves B2B customers.
Attwill Medical SolutionsAMS is a life science company that manufactures medical devices that require freeze drying we also perform freeze drying for biotech, pharma, and medical device companies
CasTag BiosciencesCasTag BioSciences are experts in cell biology and reagent commercialization from the Research Triangle, focused on revolutionizing the speed of endogenous protein analysis. 
Cockroach LabsCockroach Labs is the company behind CockroachDB, the cloud-native, distributed SQL database that provides next-level consistency, ultra-resilience, data locality, and massive scale to modern cloud applications. Companies like Comcast, Lush, and Bose are building their cloud data architectures on CockroachDB. Cockroach Labs was founded by a team of engineers dedicated to building cutting edge systems infrastructure, and has investments from Benchmark, G/V, Index Ventures, and Redpoint.
Earnest ResearchEarnest Research is a VC-backed data innovation startup driven to change the way professionals understand consumer and business behavior. Working with world-class data partners, we transform raw data into a source for business and investment professionals to ask better questions and make better decisions. We believe data has the power to change the way we work.
Easy AccessEasy Access is a social good start-up that builds digital tools to help low-income and first generation students access college and careers
EcolyticsEcolytics is democratizing corporate sustainability. We offer sustainability services as a subscription to provide a simple, affordable way for companies to see the impact of their business. We work with companies in all sectors and stages to integrate impact intelligence with traditional metrics to improve performance, increase consumer and investor appeal, and build a sustainable economy.
FeedStationFeedStation is an eCommerce automation company that helps sellers scale the online presence across website and marketplaces. 
Forward CitiesNon-profit focused on equitable entrepreneurship
GlimpseGlimpse is a platform for community building. We bring your community close with 1-on-1, back-to-back social video chats, enabling you to unite groups from 4 to 400,000 more meaningfully.
Greenlight ReadyGreenlight Ready is a start-up founded as a way to build on the success of Duke Health and Duke University’s fall COVID mitigation plans and bring those learnings and technology to local schools and businesses. The company is overseeing and expanding two lines of work: a small/local business-orientated branch and a more education-orientated one. We have brought together infectious diseases specialists and educators to design policies that reduce onsite transmission, a technology to track symptom onset, and community resources to help individuals impacted by the virus.  
Growga Growga equips kids yoga and mindfulness instructors with the tools they need to keep their students engaged and their classes growing. 
InstaLaw Technology Inc. InstaLaw is a mobile platform which helps people connect immediately with lawyers. With transparent pricing and experienced lawyers, we aim to make legal services more accessible. 
K4ConnectK4Connect is a high impact, high growth, venture backed company on a mission to leverage technology to empower the 1.5B older adults and individuals living with disabilities to live simpler, healthier and happier lives. We believe that technology is not simply reserved for the next generation, but rather should empower all generations. If you are interested in working with a committed, intelligent team that is driven to making global impact, then K4Connect may be the place for you to intern!
Kick HealthKick is a direct-to-consumer telemedicine startup that focuses on insomnia and fear of public speaking
Mai StoriesWe are a  boutique event design firm based in Mumbai, offering event styling and creative consulting services to corporates and individuals. Mai Stories is a reflection of your taste, style and life moments. As event stylists, we have developed a discerning eye for elegant and distinctive design and strive to bring a personalized approach to the most important occasions of your life. We want to make your experiences a story worth telling. 
MarcoLatin America’s first tech-enabled financing platform built for small and medium-sized exporters.
memoryCraftersmemoryCrafters matches users (individuals & corporations) and local small businesses
to provide quick & easy personalized celebrations for life’s special moments.
MyTeaPalAn all-in-one mobile app for tea enthusiasts. Launched in Nov 2020, MyTeaPal now has 3000+ users from 80+ countries. Available on both App Store and Google Play, MyTeaPal has 200+ ratings and 4.9 overall rating.
Namma WaterMultisided water management platform disrupting water market.
Overtone HealthWe want to lead the next phase of digital health and wellness adoption that is powered by AI and behavioral intelligence to cater to the digital consumer’s most pressing health needs. Our one platform strategy ensures we know their needs really well, even if disparate.
Pathos EthosWe are a venture studio helping innovators go from idea to customer revenue.
PlantnrgyPlantnrgy’s mission is to help people get optimal nourishment with a natural and nutrient-dense blend of plant-based mixes. We have taken the care to design protein and superfood mixes, with simple ingredients, that helps develop a strong immune system, healthy muscles, and boosts everyday energy.
Protect3dWe leverage 3D technology to produce custom protective devices for orthopaedic injuries in a sports medicine setting. Current clients are mostly in high-profile athletics.
QUVIQUVI is an award winning startup aiming to democratize sanitization. QUVI has created a device that allows anyone to place their reusable water bottle and other small personal belongings into our device and using our state of the art UV-C technology, we are able to sanitize it in under 90 seconds.
Ramona OpticsRamona Optics has a new approach to microscopy that collects some of the largest images in the world in 28K resolution. The unique amount of data captured enables computer processing to draw relationships not visible to the human eye, helping scientists make more insightful decisions, faster.
SanaraiOnline platform that connects the Latinx community to mental health experts in Latin America to provide culturally sensitive, Spanish-language emotional support at accessible prices
SourceStackWe are one stop flexible software development outsourcing solution.
SpreedlyOur payments infrastructure lets businesses vault and use any payment service to drive flexibility and innovation.
Sunshine Tape ProductsSunshine Tape Products manufactures tape, glues, removers and accessories for the largest Hair Extension and Hair Replacement companies in the world. We also have launched our own brands of tape and adhesive products while assisting our private label customers with product development and marketing. We’ve been experiencing monumental growth the last 3 years and are looking to expand our Sales and Marketing staff.
The Astral Consulting GroupACG develops cultures of data-driven decision making, enabling digital transformation to compete in a rapidly-changing global economy.
The Social InstituteThe Social Institute partners with schools nationwide to empower students, parents, and educators to navigate social-emotional health, social media, and technology positively through comprehensive, gamified lessons that meet students on their level. By reinforcing character strengths like empathy, integrity, and teamwork and by showcasing their role models (from student leaders to U.S. Olympians), we help students be their best selves to “win at social” — social interactions and social media. We bridge the needs of students and parents. We have partnered with Ravenscroft School, Gaston Day School, The Bryn Mawr School, Gilman School, Woodward Academy, U.S. Olympic athletes, Duke Men’s Basketball, ESPN, and other forward-thinking institutions around the nation.
TouchSuite/GrubbrrWe are a leading financial technology company focused on the electronic payments industry. We are an entrepreneurial company that has appeared eight times on the INC 500 list of fastest growing companies in the United States.
TransLocTransLoc is a subsidiary of Ford Mobility. We are part of a broad suite of mobility solutions intended to enhance both public and private transit agencies. Together, we are working to solve the world’s mobility challenges and usher in the future of modern transportation in every part of the globe.
TruentityAt Truentity, we have built a patient-centric digital health platform with privacy-first principles. Our mission is to provide individuals the ability to take control of their health data by allowing them to select whom to share the data with, for what purpose, and for how long.

“Coming to StartupConnect was such a great way to stumble upon an amazing opportunity. They bring in so many companies and do a great job connecting them with students who are excited to work in a startup environment.”

—Wilhelmina Ryan ’15, who met her current employer as a senior at Startup Connect

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