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Student Inventors

If you're an undergraduate student with an invention, you likely will retain those intellectual property rights. Inventors who are graduate students, fellows, post-docs, and any other trainee employed by the university should follow the standard invention disclosure path. Contact us with any questions, we're here to help!

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Experiential Programs

OTC has several internship opportunities for graduate and professional students as well as post-docs.

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OTC Fellows

Are you a science or engineering graduate student or postdoctoral fellow interested in learning more about tech commercialization, market research and intellectual property protection? Check out the OTC Fellows Program.

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New Venture Fellows

Are you an MBA student interested in learning more about startup creation, competitive landscape assessment, and investor pitching? The New Venture Fellows Program may be the best fit for you to get that exposure.

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DuCap Associates

Are you a professional student interested in learning more about the venture capital world and working with Duke Capital Partners’ investors and entrepreneurs? The DuCap Associates program offers that hands-on experience.

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Duke Entrepreneurial Leaders Network

Together with Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship, the Duke Entrepreneurial Leaders Network (ELN) is a select group of Duke alumni and students who are committed to founding or leading an innovation-drive startup. 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.

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“The [OTC Fellows] Program has been one of the most unique training opportunities I have experienced in graduate school. This fellowship has provided invaluable professional development opportunities as well as the ability to make a difference in advancing real-world technologies to the patenting and licensing stages. For those who are interested in this career area, it is the perfect introduction into the complex intersection of science and business at Duke.” — Michael Hoy, Ph.D. '22, former OTC Fellow"

Meet our Fellows

Our Fellows and Associates are an important cog in the innovation lifecycle for translating a discovery into a product and/or service and then commercializing through a partnership or startup

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Resources for Students

Are you a looking for help to build a device prototype? Maybe you want to explore some entrepreneurial classes? Just want to talk to some innovators and build your network? Duke has plenty of innovation resources for students to utilize.

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