Connecting Duke-related Investors and Duke-related Companies…
We leverage the Duke network to help our investors find innovative early-stage companies with great teams, and our entrepreneurs find access to smart capital to fuel their growth.
Our mission is to support the global Duke entrepreneurial community with an angel investing platform and co-investment fund (the Duke Innovation Fund) that engages and leverages the power of the Duke alumni network. The Duke Angel Network operational team and investment platform exist within the Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative.
The Duke Angel Network actively engages and matches Duke alumni network expertise with portfolio companies to support growth and success. The global Duke community offers a uniquely powerful opportunity for networking and guidance from industry experts and successful entrepreneurial leaders. Duke Angel Network members work actively to connect their portfolio companies with the Duke network to foster collaboration and further success.
Duke Angel Network Raison D’être (Reason for Existence)
Duke Angel Network helps private companies grow by facilitating the flow of capital and by providing ongoing support to its portfolio companies.
Duke Angel Network helps our members diversify their investments in companies with significant growth and financial return.
Founded in 2015, the Duke Angel Network invests in companies in which a founder, executive, or board member is a Duke University alumnus, faculty member, staff member, student, or parent. Duke Angel Network members (investors) are individual accredited investors with a Duke affiliation. The group targets private companies with the potential for significant growth and financial return. In addition to facilitating investments, the Duke Angel Network leverages the power of the global Duke community to provide guidance and expertise to portfolio companies.
Investing in companies in which a founder, executive, or board member is a Duke University alumnus, faculty member, staff member, student, or parent.
A Steering Committee guides strategy and operations, and a Managing Director runs the operations of the network, including a team of student associates that provides resources for networking, diligence, transactions, and portfolio company support.
Duke Innovation Fund
The Duke Innovation Fund consists of philanthropic contributions that support innovation and entrepreneurship across the global Duke community. The Fund will match the angel member investments in each deal, with matching amounts at the discretion of the Steering Committee. All proceeds are returned to the Fund and reinvested in companies. Duke University has committed $2 million to the Fund with an initial target size of $20 million in committed capital.
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