Founders Track

Zehra Parlak looks at her proof-of-principle device—The foundation of her startup company called Qatch.

In just 12 months, earn a Duke master's degree while gaining business skills and entrepreneurial confidence—and launch your own venture along the way

Led by successful tech entrepreneurs, the Founders Track in Duke’s Master of Engineering Management Program will teach you to:

  • Identify problems
  • Develop conceptual solutions
  • Build prototypes
  • Develop a startup strategy

Selected graduates can also receive additional support and funding to start their companies—$5,000 seed capital.

Take the First Step

Sam Fox

"At Duke, everyone wants to help curious, energetic students succeed.”

Sam Fox, Duke Engineering Grad
Founder, Zephyr Mobility

Get Ready

Rigorous Coursework

  • Grounding in business fundamentals—including marketing, management, finance, and intellectual property/business law
  • Special coursework in tech innovation, prototyping, and startup strategy
  • Technical electives that strengthen your ability to innovate
  • Browse the Founders Track course list »

Get Set

Gain Entrepreneurial Experience

  • Learn from seasoned entrepreneurs in Duke Engineering and Duke’s Office of Licensing & Ventures
  • Receive personalized career guidance
  • Intern in your own venture—build a technical prototype and develop your venture’s strategy

Get Funded

The Founder's Fellowship

  • Compete for a semester-long, tuition-free Founder’s Fellowship so you can dedicate extra time to your venture—and, receive $5,000 seed capital
  • Compelling ventures will be introduced to Duke investors through the Duke Angel Network and our 170,000-strong alumni network

Get Mentored

World-Class Faculty of Experienced Founders and Duke Experts 

Bill Walker

Bill Walker

Mattson Family Director, Entrepreneurship @ Duke Engineering

Founder, PocketSonics (acquired by Analogic) and Hemosonics (acquired by Diagnostica Stago)

Steve McClelland

Steven McClelland

Executive in Residence, Duke Engineering

Former Chief Architect & Product Strategist, Citizen Sports Network (acquired by Yahoo!); VP Product Management, Yahoo!, Director of Product Management, Twitter; Founder, Interdimensions Web Consulting

Eric Richardson

Eric Richardson

Associate Professor of the Practice, Biomedical Engineering

Founding Director, Global Medical Innovation Master's Program, Rice University

Joe Knight

Joe Knight

Adjunct Professor, Duke Engineering
Faculty, Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative

President & CEO at InnAVasc Medical, Inc.


Get Started

 To learn more, contact Susan Brown, our assistant director of admissions.

Or, if you're ready, click below to start your application.

Susan Brown

Susan Brown

Assistant Director of Admissions

919-660-8451
pratt_masters@duke.edu 

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