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Entrepreneurial Leaders Network – graduate student applications open until 3/1/23

March 1, 2023 @ 5:00 pm

ELN members mingling at the annual 2022 event. Duke ELN logo above in white, below in white: "Student Applications due 3/1/23"

The Duke Entrepreneurial Leaders Network has opened applications for graduating entrepreneurial graduate students to apply to its next cohort.

ELN is a select group of Duke alumni and students who are committed to founding or leading an innovation-drive startup.

ELN members see the potential of science and technology to positively impact society and possess the bold spirit needed to start and scale organizations that support that mission. These dedicated entrepreneurs will improve their communities by creating economic value and jobs, delivering solutions to large-scale problems, and building durable new ventures. Members are invited to engage with Duke IP ready to be spun out, as well as to connect with local entrepreneurial leaders seeking senior talent to enable their growth.

ELN is part of a broader comprehensive suite of programs that prepare and support entrepreneurial Duke students and alumni, including courses like New Ventures Fellows, New Ventures Development, New Ventures Clinic: Healthcare, Design Health, and Duke Start-Up Ventures Clinic, along with co-curricular programs such as the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club, the Student Founder ProgramMelissa & Doug EntrepreneursDuke Capital PartnersNew Venture Fellows, and OTC Fellows.

With the entrepreneurial mindset and skills they gain from these and other Duke programs, students and alumni are prepared to become the next generation of impactful leaders, building a regional, national, and global entrepreneurship community.


Benefits of ELN Membership

ELN members receive:

  • Ongoing access to emerging opportunities from OTC, the Pratt School of Engineering, and Triangle-area growth-stage ventures
  • Lifelong access to a network of alumni who share your passion for innovation-driven entrepreneurship

Student Eligibility

  • Duke MBA students (Daytime, Weekend, Global, and Accelerated), law students, and STEM graduate students who will complete their programs within 12 months are eligible to apply.
  • To be selected, you should have clearly demonstrated your commitment to innovation-driven entrepreneurship during your time at Duke, taking courses and participating in programs that prepare you to be an entrepreneurial leader.
  • Those with a technical background aligned with their area of entrepreneurial interest are preferred.



March 1, 2023
5:00 pm
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