Entrepreneurship at Duke University

Shoeboxed.com. We’re looking to change the Duke start-up scene in a big way. Although we are currently in Berlin, Germany focusing on our launch, we will be moving to Durham in the fall – and there’s so much to be excited about. Soon we will offer a free service to help people automatically organize their purchase histories online. We know that people deserve a website that automatically makes their lives simpler. We also know that Duke University deserves a start-up that can unite the community and bring The Triangle Area the positive national attention that it deserves. Shoeboxed.com will be looking for talented members of the Duke and Raleigh-Durham community who are interested in getting involved. If you feel like you have what it takes, email help@team.shoeboxed.com and tell us why you’re awesome. Shoeboxed.com isn’t your ordinary company – we work hard and have fun doing it.

Duke’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization (CERC). The purpose of the center is to “bring knowledge and technology into the service of society”. CERC does it’s best to help bring ideas to the market. By helping to organize teams of talented individuals from diverse backgrounds and by providing these groups with resources from Duke and beyond, CERC has created strong and successful networks of entrepreneurs.

Fuqua Research Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The mission of the center is to advance the scholarship, teaching, and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation. It was created to expand the focus of the Fuqua School of Business so that it would include entrepreneurship and innovation. Focusing on research in these fields, the center looks to contribute to both the knowledge and practice of pioneering business. Even though the center is still new to the Duke community, it plans to leverage the position of the university and the interest of its students and faculty to establish a world-class research program.

The Duke Entrepreneur. This undergraduate organization focuses on students with entrepreneurial aspirations, helping to make their voices heard. They have created a environment where faculty, students, and alumni can openly share their ideas relating to business and innovation. Most of all, they have encouraged an entrepreneurial spirit and culture at Duke, advising the administration as the school attempts to enhance its academic offerings. Students have the ideas, this organization is just helping them express them.

Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club (EVCC). This club helps to unite students who are interested in venture capital and entrepreneurship within the Fuqua School of Business. EVCC also hosts programs and events throughout the year to foster entrepreneurial development.

Duke Startup Challenge. The competition was created to encourage students to pursue their innovative and entrepreneurial ideas. Students launch their own business so that they can get feedback from professionals in related fields. Judges choose a series of winners who receive seed capital to help make their project a reality. The competition focuses on educating participants so that inventive ideas can be turned into successful businesses. The competition participants, judges, and investors have traditionally been particularly experienced in the field of biotechnology.