There's just no time to complete this page. The below may help anyway.
I'm interested in entrepreneurship and want to collect tips and
miscellaneous notes that will help me in my pursuit of the best
Duke entrepreneurial education possible. If you have comments, please
Entrepreneurship Clubs and Activities
- EVCC - Entrepreneur
and Venture Capital Club
- DSC - Duke
- Mentored Study in Entrepreneurship (See course description in
listing) - "work" on a special project in a local
startup or VC firm for two terms
- Idea Exchange - entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs present their business idea. Non-disclosure agreements are signed by all that attend, and an open discussion helps strengthen business plans and ideas.
- Other activities - Outside experts are brought in and activities are often coordinated to take advantage of these experts. For example, in one activity, participants can act as Venture Captitalists and listen to pitches, providing their feedback and receiving instruction from professional VCs.
- Duke New Ventures Clinic (See course description in the course
listing) - commercializing Duke-generated technologies (with
of Science and Technology (OST), which by itself generates
around 100 new business ideas a year)
As I learn from the helpful students and faculty, I am collecting
the comments here.
Quotes from Students
...There are several 'islands of Entrepreneurship' right now at
Duke. I am doing an independent study to develop a proposal to create
a Center for Entrepreneurship that would be cross disciplinary in
nature, integrating the work going on at the Engineering school,
business school, med' school and undergrad' program. The Center
will be more of a service umbrella organization to facilitate the
spread of entrepreneurship at each school by providing resources,
funding for new faculty, funding for research, contacts with entrepreneurs,
and be a central face to market the capabilities of Duke University
I have interviewed directors for the centers of entrepreneurship
at Stanford, U Chicago, Cornell, Wake Forest, and UNC. I have also
met with the faculty involved in entrepreneurship at Duke at the
business school, med school, and engineering school along with the
The plan is to present a proposal to the deans of each school and
if all goes well, the provost later this summer.
I will be working here locally after graduation an d... give you
an update on where we are with the Center. ...I would recommend
getting involved in the organizing committee of the Duke Startup
Challenge ...probably the best way to get to meet a ton of entrepreneurs,
faculty, students from all schools and get involved with what is
going on at Duke. -Rik
Another learning avenue is the Council for Entrepreneurial Development.
(www.cednc.org) They are a nonprofit
organization created to provide programs that teach and help connect
in all areas of entrepreneurship for [Research Triangle Park]. They
are more than 20 years old. You can join as a member for a fee and
there are many conferences, round tables, etc. (Some Duke students
are [members] already.)
...See their "about us" page http://www.cednc.org/about/
Sandy - Program Coordinator for Kip Frey
Concerning.. how to prepare yourself be st... I would recommend
you familiarize yourself with the different opportunities and make
a priority list. You will quickly find that there is more to do
here than you have hours in a day. Layout your goals and the activities
you want to become involved in and stay focused. Lastly, enjoy your
summer because the school year will be busy!
While there are strong courses that specifically address entrepreneurship
(my personal favorite was Social Entrepreneurship in Term 3), I
would also recommend the following elective classes.. had I known
this information when I started my own company and when I worked
for start-ups, [it] would have been invaluable..
- Forecasting - Term 4
- Market Intelligence- Term 4
- Corporate Finance - Terms 4 and 1
- Valuation - Term 2
- Information Management - Terms 3 and 4
- High Tech Marketing - Term 1
Further, the skills you gain in the core classes, from Decision
Models to Communication courses, will also serve you well as you
progress in your life as an entrepreneur.
Finally, I'd also say to take some time and relax over the summer.
There is so much going on, from the second you start at Fuqua until,
literally, the second you leave, that any rest you get will help!
Thanks to Kira - class of 2004
There is a research institute (students don't really get involved
here unless [they are working toward a] PhD) in entrepreneurship...not
exactly hands on stuff...very theoretical.
CASE - Center for Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship. We got
the guy who started Harvard and Stanford's programs. Total rockstar.
Came here 3 years ago and we are now #8 in social entrepreneurship.
RTP is a great area for entrepreneurship.