Duke Engineering supports student entrepreneurship with "maker space" facilities, innovation funding, and specialized training programs.

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Student Entrepreneurship

Duke University and Duke Engineering support student entrepreneurship with maker space and business incubator facilities, funding opportunities, and specialized training and educational programming.

Funding Opportunities

Baquerizo Innovation Grant (BIG)

The Baquerizo family has generously provided funding to challenge undergraduate students to pursue ambitious applications of technology. The goal of the Baquerizo Innovation Grant (BIG) is to encourage bold ideas.

Each year, up to $20,000 in grant money is awarded to undergraduate-led teams.

Learn more about "the BIGs" »

Duke Start Up Challenge

The Duke Start-Up Challenge is an entrepreneurship competition that runs the course of the academic year, from November to April. The challenge includes the $10,000 Biomedical Engineering Prize. Duke BME provides $10,000 to teams that have at least one student enrolled full-time in a Biomedical Engineering undergraduate, master's or PhD program, and that such student is an integral part of such team’s leadership, serving in a position such as a co-founder, senior executive, or equivalent.


The Foundry

The Foundry provides 7,600 square feet of project "maker space" within Gross Hall for Duke undergraduate and graduate students focused on engineering, energy, entrepreneurship, and sustainability to build ideas from the ground up.


DUhatch is a student business incubator, located within The Foundry, committed to providing aspiring student entrepreneurs the resources they need to turn their vision in to reality.

Programs and Initiatives

Entrepreneurship @ Duke Engineering

Led by Bill Walker, PhD, entrepreneurship efforts at Duke Engineering include training and mentorship to faculty and students with commercial ambitions for their research and ideas. The staff includes Pratt electrical engineering graduate Steven McClelland as executive-in-residence. His experience includes serving as a Yahoo! vice president of product management.

Programs includes an undergraduate class on founding a company, the free Entrepreneur's Workshop Series, and oversight of the Baquerizo Innovation Grant (BIG).

Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative leverages the innovations that grow at the university level to make tangible, perceptible change through entrepreneurship. Duke I&E does not displace the university's time-tested mission of teaching and the creation of knowledge, but rather expands that mission to include the conversion of knowledge into real things and real actions to make a real difference in real people's lives.

Duke Program 4 Entrepreneurs

In the Program for Entrepreneurs (P4E), undergraduate, graduate and professional students form multidisciplinary teams to explore potential markets for an innovation, evaluate the viability of a business model, develop strategies for bringing it to market and launching a new commercial or social venture — all in a structured participatory learning environment.

Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a young initiative that is focusing and expanding the work on entrepreneurship and innovation at the Fuqua School of Business.

Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship

A research and education center based at the Fuqua School of Business, the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) promotes the entrepreneurial pursuit of social impact through the thoughtful adaptation of business expertise.