History of InCube (formerly E-house, Startup House, Startup City)

May 11, 2009

It all started in a meeting with the 5-school Entrepreneurship Group, a regular meeting of entrepreneurship representatives from five of the schools at Duke.
This particular meeting was in the Mumma Faculty Commons at Pratt.
Among other items discussed, there was a proposal for a Startup City (Howie), and Larry Moneta said "I have space on Central Campus if we can find an undergraduate to lead it"

May 14, 2009

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From: Howie Rhee <hwr2@duke.edu>

Date: Thu, May 14, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Subject: Startup House

To: Sidney Primas <sidney.primas@gmail.com>


Any chance you might be enthusiastic about starting a "Startup House" on campus with spots for about 20 students and open enrollment?
There's a potential project there, but we need a student that is enthusiastic and could make it happen.

Or if you are not, any suggestions?


May 18, 2009

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From: Sidney Primas <sidney.primas@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, May 18, 2009 at 9:33 AM
Subject: Re: Startup House
To: Howie Rhee <hwr2@duke.edu>

Hello Howie,
Sorry for the late reply, but I have been traveling around California for the past couple of days with little access to internet.
A "Startup House" sounds like an amazing idea. In the same way as the DuHatch, it would be an excellent symbol for entrepreurship on-campus, but, in addition, it would genuinly bring the students passionate about entrepreneurship together to form permenant relationships.
I am definitely very interested in starting a "Startup House," but I would first like to talk to you (before I commit) to get some more details of your vision and/or thoughts for this project. I will be returing to Duke in a couple of weeks, so if you are available during any day of the week of June 1, it would be great if I could meet with you.
Sidney Primas

June 2, 2009

From: Howie Rhee <hwr2@duke.edu>

Date: Tue, Jun 2, 2009 at 12:55 PM
Subject: notes from Startup House meeting, June 2, 2009
To: Sidney Primas <sidney.primas@gmail.com>, Larry Moneta <larry.moneta@duke.edu>

Good meeting.  Thanks for the time and advice, Larry.

Sid is on board and will start to identify the 3-4 students with a goal towards a meeting with Nowicki et al in October.


Like penn has tech house
And umaryland may have something
Larry moneta
Sidney primas
Housing is very cherished commodity
So giving up housing to some space that has access - requires compelling argument
What is the distinctive residential value add.



Fall 2009

Draft of the initial website

ICE is a community of Duke Students who share a passion for entrepreneurship that surpasses classroom education and spills into initiatives that influence the real world. The ICE community is centered around the E-House, a selective living dormitory for some of the most passionate and accomplished entrepreneurial students at Duke University. Through the E-House, ICE aspires to not only create an infectious entrepreneurial environment, where one student’s passion fuels another’s, but also build a network of relationships that will bolster ICE Members’ entrepreneurial activities for years to come. In addition to fostering this environment, ICE intends to provide a formal structure to support entrepreneurial activities, including organizing events such as seminars, field-trips, speakers and discussion groups. The combination of a supportive and close knit community with resources provided by both ICE and Duke University will allow ICE Members’ entrepreneurial initiatives to flourish.

“Our goal is to create the context to allow Duke Students to influence the world through entrepreneurship.”

For information on our first meeting with the administration: Administration Advice .

For more information on this program: http://dukeehouse.wordpress.com/

February 8, 2010

Presentation of the InCube proposal to Steve Nowicki, Larry Moneta, Howie Rhee and others.

Here are the document and the powerpoint presentation from that day.

Howie Rhee,
Jan 18, 2012, 6:33 AM
Howie Rhee,
Jan 18, 2012, 6:31 AM
Howie Rhee,
Jan 18, 2012, 5:38 AM