Start-up Resources

Your guide to what Duke as well as the Triangle has to offer as resources to a budding start-up

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Duke Internal Translational Resources

Throughout Duke there are programs to foster collaboration among faculty interested in translational research, provide funding for potential new ventures, and deliver guidance and mentorship for inventors.  Let us help you connect to these resources and maximize your chances of success.

Triangle-Area Start-up Resources

Duke is located in the Research Triangle, a community with a long history of innovation in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and software.  More recently, the renaissance in Durham has turned it into vibrant hub of startup activity, from the American Underground, to BioLabs NC.  Talk to us and let us introduce you to the mentors, programs, and resources that make Durham and its surrounds one of the hottest spots for new company formation in the US!

Duke Internal Resources

  1. The Coulter Translational Partnership is funded by the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation to support collaborative translational research projects that involve co-investigators from the Department of Biomedical Engineering and a clinical department in the Duke University Health System.  The purpose of this program is to support collaborative research that addresses unmet clinical needs and leads to improvements in health care and to commercial products.
  2. The Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) accelerates the translation and implementation of scientific discoveries into health benefits for patients and communities.  The CTSI provides grant support for all stages of translation (T1-T4) from discovery science to clinical trials and community interventions.  The CTSI also provides guidance to faculty innovators through the CTSI Consult Service and access to resources and networking via its research navigators.
  3. The Duke Institute for Health Innovation (DIHI) promotes innovation in health and health care through high-impact innovation pilots, leadership development, and cultivation of a community of entrepreneurship.
  4. The Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative, founded with a generous gift from David M. Rubenstein in January of 2013, helps convert the knowledge born at the university into tangible action that improves and enriches lives across all strata of society.
  5. MedBlue Incubator is a for-profit incubator designed to foster translation of research primarily from (but not limited to) the Duke School of Medicine.  Focus is on pharmaceuticals, med devices and diagnostics, but projects from other technology areas are welcome to apply.
  6. MEDx (Medicine + Engineering at Duke) was forged in the summer 2015 to enhance existing ties and foster new interdisciplinary collaborations between the School of Medicine and Pratt School of Engineering as the first part of a forthcoming Provost initiative to create opportunities at the intersections of academic units.
  7. The StartUp Lab at the Center for Advanced Hindsight supports health and finance-focused startups in utilizing behavioral economics to discover what their consumers want in their product, incorporate these insights from social science into the product, and facilitate collaborative projects with CAH lab members to answer startup- specific research questions.
  8. Bill Walker is a Duke Engineering alumnus and entrepreneur is the Pratt School of Engineering’s first Mattson Family Director of Entrepreneurial Ventures. His role is to help Duke Engineering faculty, staff and students assess business opportunities for commercializing their ideas and research and develop new companies based on Pratt innovations. Please contact him at 

Triangle-Area Start-up Resources

  1. BioLabs North Carolina (BioLabs-NC) is a unique biotech co-working facility in downtown Durham, North Carolina.  They help companies quickly meet infrastructure and equipment needs so they can focus on advancing science, not building a lab.
  2. Established in 2011, the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network (BEN) serves to mentor and connect start-up companies in the Triangle.  The backbone of the program is its Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRs), who are successful entrepreneurs selected from across multiple industries—pharmaceuticals, medical devices, digital technology, and others.
  3. The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) is a nationally connected network that helps Triangle entrepreneurs build and grow successful companies.  They provide education, mentoring and capital formation resources to technology-based, high-growth entrepreneurs.
  4. The Duke Angel Network (DAN) facilitates investments by its members in Duke-affiliated companies with potential for high growth and significant financial returns. DAN is uniquely dedicated to connecting, supporting, and cultivating the Duke entrepreneurial community. In addition to providing capital, we actively match Duke alumni expertise with portfolio companies to drive growth.
  5. The First Flight Venture Center (FFVC) is a high-science, high-impact incubator located in the heart of Research Triangle Park. Established in 1991, FFVC offers 25,000 square feet of leasable office and laboratory space for up to 40 emerging high-science, high-impact companies.
  6. NC IDEA is a private foundation with a mission to maximize the economic potential of the people of North Carolina by supporting the formation and fruition of high-growth entrepreneurial endeavors in the state.  NC IDEA offers seed grants, accelerator programs, and coaching for start-up companies.
  7. The North Carolina Biotechnology Center (NCBC) is private, non-profit organization with headquarters in Research Triangle Park and offices in Asheville, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Greenville and Wilmington.
  8. The Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) has helped North Carolina businesses grow and create new jobs since 1984. They provide management counseling and educational services to small and mid-sized businesses. Most of their services are free of charge, and all are confidential.