Giving & Engagement

General Program Fund

To maintain its world-class leadership in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship, Duke I&E welcomes unrestricted gifts to the General Program Fund. This fund enables the I&E Initiative to develop, launch, and manage programs in education, social entrepreneurship, research, and translation.

Transformational Opportunities (>$10M)

Your gift of $10M or more offers the unique opportunity to create an environment that inspires, prepares, and supports entrepreneurial leaders and scholars to pursue innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems, turning the ideas that grow at the University into action. Such transformational opportunities include the establishment of an Center for Social Innovation or a National MedTech Research Incubator.


How do we enhance our student experience?
  • Flexible Faculty Fund – $25,000 expendable or $500,000 endowment
    To keep pace with growing demand for I&E classes, flexible funding immediately fills openings for professors in classrooms and programs.
  • “Duke in…” – $25,000 expendable or $500,000 endowment
    Provides programmatic support to the existing “Duke in….” programs in Silicon Valley and Chicago and supports work to expand the offerings for these immersive undergraduate summer experience programs into new cities.
How do we make teaching sustainable?
  • Endowed Faculty Positions – $1-$3 million each
    Supports chaired faculty positions for faculty who either conduct fundamental research in various aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship or exemplars of faculty who convert the fundamental knowledge that grows from their research into practical application. Various levels of appointment are possible, from visiting professors and professors of the practice to full professors with multiple appointments.
  • Entrepreneurs in Residence – $100,000 expendable or $2 million endowment
    Supports the annual appointment of a distinguished entrepreneur to engage deeply with students, faculty, and administrators to explore issues in innovation and entrepreneurship, deliver guest lectures and public talks, engage with faculty on their research and translation activities, mentor emerging entrepreneurs across Duke, and provide functional expertise and advising to I&E.
How do we advance social entrepreneurship at Duke?
  • Professor of the Practice in Social Entrepreneurship – $1.5 million endowment
    Supports the permanent appointment of an expert staff member to Duke’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative who has the experience and thought leadership to significantly expand the Initiative’s social entrepreneurship courses and experiential learning opportunities.


How do we invest in the entire Duke community?
  • Duke Innovation Fund – $25,000 or more, expendable
    Philanthropic contributions to the Innovation Fund pair with investments made by the Duke Angel Network to turn ideas from Duke-affiliated innovators into technologies that change the world. In support of this unique opportunity for the Duke community, the University has committed $2 million of matching funds for philanthropic contributions with an initial target size of $20 million in committed capital.


  • Ph.D. Research Fellowship – $50,000 expendable or $1 million endowment
    Provides stipend and research funds to enable an outstanding Duke Ph.D. candidate to pursue leading-edge research in areas of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Engagement Opportunities

The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative welcomes engagement from all members of the Big Duke Family. Please see attached document for specific information regarding speaking engagements, mentorship opportunities and hosting interns. If you are interested in participating, please click HERE, fill out the form, and an I&E staff member will contact you directly.

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