New Initiative Will Promote Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Duke

December 14, 2010

Duke University is launching a major campus-wide initiative to expand the societal impact of Duke innovations and better serve students who seek to think big, follow their dreams and launch initiatives of their own as entrepreneurs.

Kimberly Jenkins, a university alumna and trustee who has launched entrepreneurial ventures with leading technology companies and established prominent nonprofit organizations, will lead the effort.

"One of the hallmarks of a Duke education is the ability to translate theory into practice," said President Richard H. Brodhead.  "Supporting entrepreneurship at Duke is a way of helping students transform creative ideas from the classroom or the lab into real-world applications.  With Kimberly Jenkins as the leader of Duke's already expansive efforts, we have someone whose own accomplishments will set a very high standard for innovation on campus."