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A supportive innovation community, a raffle, unicorns—this year’s I&E Fest truly had it all. Every year Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Duke I&E) celebrates the start of the academic year with I&E Fest, a party welcoming students to campus and convening the many innovation- and entrepreneurship-related organizations at Duke and in Durham.

“Duke and the region have such an incredible wealth of opportunities for student innovators and entrepreneurs, whether they want to found a company, build their brand and social media platform, translate their research, find like-minded peers, or work towards specific career goals,” said Duke I&E Deputy Director Kevin Hoch. “It was inspiring to see Duke’s vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in action.”

“I&E Fest truly helped me connect with student and professional organizations at Duke and learn about their entrepreneurial resources,” said Catherine Murphy ’27. “As I freshman, I found it a deeply valuable, educative, and fun experience.”

This year’s I&E Fest drew nearly 800 students to speak with representatives from partner organizations:

Alpha Kappa Psi

American Underground

Bass Connections

Business of Entertainment, Arts and Media (BEAM)

Campus Enterprises LLC

Christensen Family Center for Innovation

Council for Entrepreneurial Development

DEMAN (Duke Entertainment, Media & Arts Network)

Duke Applied Machine Learning

Duke Association for Business Oriented Women

Duke Blockchain Club

Duke Capital Partners

Office of Translation & Commercialization

Duke Catalyst

Duke Consulting Club

Duke Institute for Health Innovation

Duke Impact Investing Group

Duke Innovation Co-Lab

Duke Innovation Studio


Global Education Office

Duke Immerse

Open Design Studio

Duke in Silicon Valley

Duke I&E Undergraduate Certificate

The Cube


Duke Sports Analytics Club


Duke Undergraduate Energy Club

Duke Women in Technology

Duke-UNICEF Club

Durham Success Summit

Forward Cities / E3 Durham

Duke Career Center

Duke A2I (Accelerate to Industry)

First-Generation Graduate Student Network (Duke F1RSTS)

Fuqua Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition Club

Fuqua Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club

Fuqua Private Equity Club

Duke Microbiome Startup Club

Duke I&E Graduate / Professional Certificate






Celebrating Duke Entrepreneurs

This year’s I&E Fest included a raffle featuring products donated by Duke entrepreneurs—from snacks, to skincare, to crochet kits, to fine jewelry. Duke I&E is grateful to these generous alumni for supporting the Duke I&E Network!

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A Hub for Innovators & Entrepreneurs Across Duke

The event also served as the grand opening of Duke I&E’s new permanent space on campus, The Luby Family Bullpen, made possible by a generous donation from William K. Luby MBA ’85 and Eileen O. Luby. In the Bullpen during the event, students from the Duke Creator Lab gave lightning talks about brand and platform building, and students in the Melissa & Doug Entrepreneurs Accelerator program mingled with peers interested in launching their own ventures.

“Duke I&E’s new home is not only beautiful, but also functional, an energizing hub for innovators and entrepreneurs from across Duke,” said Duke I&E Director Jamie Jones. “We’re excited that students, alumni, faculty, staff, and visitors can gather here to learn, connect, work, and spark new ideas together.”

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