The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a new initiative to focus and expand the work on entrepreneurship and innovation at Fuqua.

Conducting world-class research and integrating it into our educational program will be the hallmark of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Fuqua. The center will contribute both to the advancement of knowledge and the practice of entrepreneurship.  We expect the center to help place Fuqua among a small handful of business schools known for research excellence and research-based education in entrepreneurship and innovation.


The mission of the center is to advance the scholarship, teaching, and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation.


The overarching goal of the center is to be, and to be recognized as, one of the premier institutions in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation. We believe we can accomplish this goal by leveraging three essential ingredients:

  • Duke’s position (both geographic and intellectual)
  • Strong student interest
  • Critical mass of research faculty (most of whom are recent additions to Fuqua)

The guiding vision of the center, and one which distinguishes it from entrepreneurship initiatives at most universities, consists of two core ideas: a strong, interdisciplinary  research foundation, and a multifaceted integration of research, teaching, and practice. This vision is articulated in a set of more concrete objectives that will inform the center’s activities in the areas of research, teaching, and practice.