Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club at Fuqua (EVCC)
The EVCC is an organization of MBA students interested in entrepreneurship. It is an active and important student organization. This group also has an active alumni advisory board. The EVCC and its alumni board will constitute, at least in the near term, the center’s student and alumni advisory groups.
The Duke Start-Up Challenge (DSC)
The Duke Start-Up Challenge , founded in 1998, is a campus-wide, student run, business plan competition. It encourages students to plan and launch their own businesses, receiving feedback from experienced professionals and the chance to win seed capital along the way. Educational seminars are held to cover almost all aspects of starting a business. The DSC works to pair people that have great ideas with people from across the university who have the skills and experiences to turn those ideas into successful businesses.
Duke Venture Fellows Program
The Duke Venture Fellows program is designed to match Duke MBA students with Venture Capital firms, through education with sessions like Venture Capital 101, and the facilitation of matches through the Duke Venture Fellows Match Day. This program is administered by the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club, with support from the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Venture Capital is a very competitive field, and being a part of the Duke Venture Fellows program can increase the chances of landing an internship in one of these coveted roles.
Day in RTP
The Day in RTP program gives Duke MBA students exposure to the entrepreneurial community here in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Through meetings and site visits, students will see for themselves what RTP has to offer. This program is administered by the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club, with support from the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Through the Week-in-Cities trip, 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 the heads of Kleiner Perkins, Garage Technology Ventures, and other prestigious firms. This program is administered by the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club, with support from the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.