Interested in the Summer 2013 offering?
Please visit the new Duke Summer Innovation Program page
What is the program?
Duke students will have the unique opportunity to kick-start their start-up at Dogpatch Labs, the incubator that spawned Instagram. DSVIP will select up to 5 Duke student start-ups to become residents of DogPatch Labs in Palo Alto. DSVIP participants will receive the many benefits that Dogpatch has to offer including exhilarating exposure to and interaction with other startups, free office space in a co-working environment, and participation in the same weekly gatherings as the DukeGEN Entrepreneur Corps curriculum program. The curriculum will give students the opportunity to learn not only from other Duke interns in Silicon Valley but also to hear from Duke alumni working in startups and in venture capital talk about entrepreneurship.
The DSVIP program is targeted at Duke students who are ready to take the plunge and actively work on starting a company. You should want to experience Silicon Valley fully, be in a co-working office space and excited to learn from Ryan Spoon (Polaris Ventures), Jason Freedman (Flightcaster, 42 Floors), and other Duke alumni in Silicon Valley. You will also need the drive to work independently as a team on your idea. The program will run from June 4th to July 27th, and students with prior entrepreneurial experience, technical skills or cohesive teams will be prioritized although DSVIP is open to all backgrounds. While the program does not currently include funding, students are encouraged to apply to the Duke Career Center’s internship funding program.
Dogpatch Labs was created by Polaris Venture Partners to connect entrepreneurs and help founders conceive, launch, and grow start-ups. They offer desk space, bandwidth, coffee and snacks to aspiring entrepreneurs. Their locations are wide-open fun spaces that they respectively share with local start-ups. You can see a list of the 100+ companies who currently call Dogpatch Labs home (with over 300 more alumni!).
" [Dogpatch Labs is] much more than a physical space — we are a community of like minded entrepreneurs who share a spirit of “open source entrepreneurship,” the idea that, particularly at the very earliest of stages, we all benefit by fostering connection points between and amongst entrepreneurs and startups."
Who should apply for this program?
Any Duke student who’s starting a company and wants to spend the summer advancing their startup in Silicon Valley including: