Training Center for Entrepreneurs

March 31, 2006

The Fuqua School of Business has created the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation to advance scholarship and provide a comprehensive framework for entrepreneurial education. The center will also expand and support the existing M.B.A. Program for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and support the university's related efforts to spawn new ventures and transfer technology to the commercial sector.

"The opportunity now exists to integrate academic research and practical application of entrepreneurial principles," says Jon Fjeld, the new center's executive director. He adds that Duke's location, near Research Triangle Park, provides a strong advantage for the center to align with progressive, local companies "to help further our educational and research methods."

With a number of courses on entrepreneurship already being taught by Fuqua faculty members who conduct research in the field, Fjeld emphasizes that many of the center's initial efforts will take place within the university. "By making Duke and Fuqua visible as a worldwide resource for entrepreneurship and innovation, we hope to meet the strong student and faculty demand for coursework in this area."

"The center will take an interdisciplinary approach by collaborating with Duke's Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization and with other schools within Duke, including the Pratt School of Engineering, the Duke Medical School, and the Duke Law School," says Fuqua dean Douglas T. Breeden. "We expect the center to place Fuqua among a very small handful of business schools known for research excellence and research-based education in entrepreneurship and innovation."