BRiDGE logo, worker in lab, interior of Chesterfield building

The BRiDGE Startup Incubator

Supporting the development and launch of new companies

Our goal is to provide a bridge for young startups to cross the entrepreneurial "valley of death," so that they can arrive at a point at which they attract investment.

The BRiDGE opened in 2018 thanks to a generous gift from Duke alumnus Alan L. Kaganov, and matching funds from Duke's Pratt School of Engineering and its Department of Biomedical Engineering.

What BRiDGE Provides

Work Space

The Chesterfield is a life sciences and technology research facility in downtown Durham, North Carolina redeveloped from a former cigarette factory.

The Chesterfield building in downtown Durham, NC
The Chesterfield, located in downtown Durham, N.C.

Our startup companies have access to:

  • Leased lab benches in shared laboratory
  • Leased cubicles
  • Cell culture room
  • Fume hood room
  • Shared equipment rooms
  • Shared offices and conference rooms
  • Building amenities


Duke EngEn mentors provide new company leaders with advice, guidance and education in the creation and refinement of their business plans.


This program provides summer internship opportunities to outstanding Duke Engineering master's students, who gain hands-on experience at new companies based in BRiDGE.