social entrepreneurship / Competitions & Conferences

Competitions & Conferences

Duke I&E hosts and co-hosts a number of competitions across campus for undergraduate and graduate students. These competitions give students a chance to practice the pitches for their ideas and gain exposure. Prizes often include funding for a student venture or for a trip to pitch at a national or global level. In the past year, more than 90 student teams have participated in competitions held by Duke I&E.

Major competitions and opportunities offered by Duke I&E include:


In 2017, 18 teams applied, and the top three early-stage social ventures received $4,000 in funding.

Hult Prize regionals

In 2017, 15 teams applied, and three Duke teams made the regional finals.

Clinton Global Initiative University

Duke I&E provides funding and support for students to attend CGIU. In 2016, 35 students from Duke were accepted, and 27 students attended with “Commitments to Action”: new, specific, and measurable initiatives that address pressing challenges on campus, in local communities, or around the world.

Fuqua School of Business

The Net Impact Club at the Fuqua School of Business and Duke I&E co-hosted the first-ever Social Impact Startup Weekend in Fall 2016. The event drew more than 40 people from seven Duke graduate schools, as well as other graduate schools in the area, to work on socially responsible startup ideas. The winning team, STaRT Impact Sourcing, was awarded $500 to begin pursuing its idea for free tech training for underemployed or unemployed individuals.