The goal of this group is to be a sophisticated and active network that helps create debate, dialogue, and productive connections between Duke entrepreneurs. We are providing the energy and coordination to encourage Duke entrepreneurs, around the globe, to connect and increase their chances of success. Founded in April 2008 by T. Reid Lewis, Howie Rhee and Jon Fjeld, with a connection from Danny Briere. Michael Cann suggested something similar a couple months prior.
DukeGEN is one of the top organizations supporting entrepreneurship on Duke's campus. Started in 2008, we run over 30 events a year including the Elevator Pitch Competition, the Duke Start-Up Challenge, the DukeGEN Startup Speaker Series (formerly Entrepreneurship Education Series), the DukeGEN Start-Up Showcase Events, and the multi-city DukeGEN Networking Events. DukeGEN has over 6,000 members from Duke's entrepreneurial community and supports students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and friends of Duke.