Founders Track

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.

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Zehra Parlak started a new company called Qatch based on research she conducted at Duke.

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Rigorous and engaging coursework

Lee Clark-Sellers“A growing need within small and large corporations is to cultivate an intrapreneurial environment. Duke’s Founders Track provides engineers with the agility required to innovate across the enterprise.”

Lee Clark-Sellers
Innovation Officer
Ply Gem Industries Inc.

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Each faculty member is an innovator and company founder

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.

Paul Fearis

Paul Fearis

Senior Lecturing Fellow, Duke Biomedical Engineering

Founder & CEO, Clinvue LLC

Get Set

Gain entrepreneurial confidence

  • 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

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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

“Whether you are looking to be the next big entrepreneur or drive new products in your existing organization, the Founders Track will walk you through the processbut more importantly, Duke has brought together an all-star team to help you. This expertise, along with a proven process, will give you the tools to bring your ideas to life.”

Robert J. Coyle
Senior Vice President, Pharma & Healthcare Strategy
Kuehne + Nagel Inc.

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Contact our admissions team

Susan Brown

Susan Brown

Assistant Director of Admissions

919-660-8451
pratt_masters@duke.edu