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Duke University

Supercharging Duke’s connection with Silicon Valley 

Having an understanding of what’s required to launch a new product or service is a salient takeaway for young graduates setting their sights on Silicon Valley or other tech cities after graduation.   

The program is of great practical use in students’ future careers, but it also makes them learn to think and work collaboratively,”

--Ronald Ludwig ’65. 

Now, Duke undergraduates will further engage in innovation and entrepreneurship learning, thanks to a gift from Ronald ’65 and Carrie Ludwig to name Duke in Silicon Valley. The program gives undergraduate students an intensive experience in the creation of new ventures, both commercial and social. Over the course of a month, students learn what resources, skills and planning are required to launch a new product or service. At the same time, they immerse themselves in the Silicon Valley culture and build a network of support.