Startup Stories

Screenshot of EasyShift video

August 11, 2021 | News & Observer

Thousands of Nurses Are Hurt Lifting Hospital Patients. Can This Student-Founded Startup Help?

Samuel Fox Fox first conceived of the idea for the EasyShift device in 2017, as a junior at Duke.

David Smith in lab

October 10, 2019 | Duke Engineering News

Startup Stories

Eighteen spinoffs—and counting!—have grown from Duke ECE’s pioneering research in quantum computing, metamaterials, advanced sensing, robotics, and more

Duke football players in Wallace Wade Stadium

October 19, 2018 | Duke 3D Printing Blog

Innovation Co-Lab and Two Engineering Student Athletes Save Duke’s Football Season

Duke engineering students who printed a device to protect the broken collarbone of an injured fellow player founded a startup, Protect3d

Samuel Fox and a prototype mobility device

April 19, 2018 | Duke Engineering News

The Undergraduate Entrepreneur

Samuel Fox's student-project-turned-startup improves patient mobility

Anuj Thakkar, Kevin Zheng, Nikhil Ravi and Pranav Warman of OptiML

March 13, 2018 | Duke Engineering News


The OptiML team's device has the potential to be the first automated smartphone ocular diagnostic tool, says team leader Anuj Thakkar.

Walla Team

October 17, 2016 | Duke Engineering News

Walla Wins Duke Startup Challenge

New app imagined by Pratt senior Judy Zhu brings students together to share in events and activities

Ivonna Dumanyan with a prototype sensor

April 15, 2015 | Duke Engineering News

Engineering a Smarter Stride

Duke engineering student Ivonna Dumanyan is starting a business that makes sensors to detect improper running form.