Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club at Fuqua (EVCC)

The EVCC is an award-winning club run by Duke MBA students interested in entrepreneurship. It is an active and important student organization that hosts speakers, meetings, and trips to entrepreneurial hubs like Silicon Valley.


     The Duke Startup Challenge (DSC)

The Duke Startup Challenge , founded in 1999, is a year-long entrepreneurship challenge that allows students to form their own startups.  Through the competition, which begins each Fall, students submit their startup ideas and receive feedback from a panel of approximately 500 Duke alumni.  As the competition progresses, students have the opportunity to crowdfund their startup on Indiegogo, earn a $5,000 stipend for the summer, and pitch their ideas to real investors at the final event.

      Duke Angel Network (DAN) 

The Duke Angel Network (DAN) brings together over 100 members of Duke’s entrepreneurial community to invest in Duke affiliated startups. Founded in 2015, DAN is investing in companies in which a founder, executive, or board member is a Duke University alumnus, faculty member, staff member, student, or parent. DAN members (investors) are individual accredited investors with a Duke affiliation. The group targets private companies with the potential for significant growth and financial return. In addition to facilitating investments, DAN leverages the power of the global Duke community to provide guidance and expertise to portfolio companies.

Duke MBA students can become part-time Associates for the Duke Angel Network on a volunteer basis. Applications are due in early Fall of first year.

      Duke New Venture Fellows 

The Duke New Venture Fellows program helps Duke MBA students gain startup experience by working with technologies that are spinning out of Duke University.  This program is run by Duke’s Office of Licensing and Ventures (OLV) which is the tech transfer office at Duke University.

As a New Venture Fellow, Duke MBA students join in conversations with leading faculty discussing the future of innovation and entrepreneurship at Duke. As a fellow, you’ll

  • Work closely with faculty, staff, and experienced serial entrepreneurs
  • Commercialize and bring to market cutting-edge technology
  • Network with innovators and Duke faculty from across industries
  • Contribute to high-level conversations, attend invite-only guest speakers, and join founder pitch sessions

Applications are due in the Fall and in the Spring.  For more information visit the website.  If you have questions, email Rob Hallford (Fuqua ’05) at rob.hallford@duke.edu.



Through the TechTreks, Duke MBA students can visit venture capital and startup firms in other cities. Silicon Valley is an annual destination, with additional trips planned, based on interest, to Boston, New York, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Austin, Chicago and other cities that have entrepreneurship. Past meetings have included  Kleiner Perkins, Google, Apple and other prestigious firms as well as startups. This program is administered by the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club, with support from the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.