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

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Student Entrepreneurship

Our goal: Develop your entrepreneurial confidence

Duke Engineering students cultivate a lifelong entrepreneurial mindset.

From creating spaces to work on personal ideas, to new courses teaching entrepreneurial skills, to programs that fund development of student startups—entrepreneurship is a pillar of the Duke Engineering signature undergraduate experience.

Entrepreneurship @ Duke Engineering

Entrepreneurship @ Duke Engineering provides engineering undergraduates with:

  • Advice: Including one-on-one expert guidance
  • Education: Courses, seminars, workshops, and speakers
  • Resources: Access to information, tools, and opportunities
  • Connections: Introduction to the wider Duke community, including Duke I&E



Ken GallKen Gall

Associate Dean for Entrepreneurship



Bill Walker

Bill Walker, E'90 G'95

Mattson Family Director
Entrepreneurship @ Duke Engineering


Steve McClelland

Steven McClelland E'95

Executive in Residence
Entrepreneurship @ Duke Engineering

Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship logoThe Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative (Duke I&E) creates a robust culture across the entire university in which students are inspired and prepared for innovative leadership and support and celebrate the translation of knowledge into the service of society.

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Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Designed specially to provide cross-disciplinary study complementary to any major. The certificate requires an in-depth course of study examining the theories of innovation and entrepreneurship, coupled with hands-on practice in both areas. 

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I&E Fellows

Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Fellows connect students with resources to create programs and events that support the student body, and support broader programs.

The Fellows support students and student teams at all levels of interest—from teaching students more about innovation and entrepreneurship at Duke to helping founders obtain funding and resources.

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Baquerizo Innovation Grant

$20,000 awarded to student teams each year

go BIG logoEach year, up to $20,000 is awarded to undergraduate-led teams who aim to go BIG.

BIG seeks proposals from student inventors that could have high positive and transformative impacts on people’s lives.

Recent Grant Recipients Include

  • Protect3d—Produces safety devices, using 3D printing and energy absorption tech, for high-contact sports
  • Remedy—Developing a device to prevent adverse outcomes associated with sleep deprivation

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A Founder's Story: Sam Fox

Sam Fox

Duke Engineering undergraduate Sam Fox his own company with the goal of creating a device that could safely and comfortably move a hospital patient.

Read Sam’s Story »