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Darden vs Fuqua for Entrepreneurship [#permalink] New post 02 May 2014, 17:38
Pretty straight forward. I liked both schools a lot when I visited. Would be happy at either. Just curious what others thought.
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Re: Darden vs Fuqua for Entrepreneurship [#permalink] New post 03 May 2014, 05:14
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I can provide a perspective on Fuqua. The triangle area has always been a hub for biotech innovation, and it has a healthy startup scene because of this root. The VC scene is stronger in the biotech/healthcare area, but is diversifying quickly. A couple of great resources:
1) American Underground (http://americanunderground.com/) - accelerator/incubator space in downtown Durham
2) Program for Entrepreneurs (http://www.dukep4e.org/) - Fuqua program that mixes academic courses, mentorship, and pitch competition to help launch startup
3) Duke Start Up Challenge (www.dukestartupchallenge.org) - pitch competition for funding
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Re: Darden vs Fuqua for Entrepreneurship [#permalink] New post 03 May 2014, 07:04
I would agree with the poster above. I work in venture capital in Washington, DC and the RTP innovation scene is strong and palpable in the mid-Atlantic. C'ville and its environs are dominated by UVA and not much else.
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Re: Darden vs Fuqua for Entrepreneurship [#permalink] New post 03 May 2014, 12:37
Interesting. How is RTP area for non-biotech VC/Start-ups? My concern is that the vast majority of the start up scene and VC$ is going towards the medical industry, and not much else.
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Re: Darden vs Fuqua for Entrepreneurship [#permalink] New post 03 May 2014, 13:04
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Interesting. How is RTP area for non-biotech VC/Start-ups? My concern is that the vast majority of the start up scene and VC$ is going towards the medical industry, and not much else.


Its mostly biotech. Go on the Research Triangle Park website and take a look at the companies headquartered there. That should give you a good sense of the region.
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Re: Darden vs Fuqua for Entrepreneurship [#permalink] New post 05 May 2014, 11:17
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There is a diversity of different startup activities in the area now, and growing very quickly. Here are examples of programs that were accepted into NC Idea: http://www.ncidea.org/content/grant+recipients/4414

You can reach out to The Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club to get the latest info: http://fuqua.campusgroups.com/evcc/home/
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Re: Darden vs Fuqua for Entrepreneurship [#permalink] New post 06 May 2014, 06:29
Thanks for that link asimov. I guess what I see there is bio-tech and a smattering of tech stuff. That a fair assessment? It seems like Darden pushes into more diversified industries and has more inroads into the DC Start-up/VC network?
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Darden vs Fuqua for Entrepreneurship [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2014, 17:56
davidsemo wrote:
Thanks for that link asimov. I guess what I see there is bio-tech and a smattering of tech stuff. That a fair assessment? It seems like Darden pushes into more diversified industries and has more inroads into the DC Start-up/VC network?


Saw that you chose Darden - congrats!

As for RTP, the tech scene is definitely growing, but is not as strong as the one in DC. There are quite a few up and coming tech startups and plenty of resources for tech entrepreneurs. There has been a significant effort by the RTP foundation to foster more entrepreneurship in the region. A main issue is that RTP is very spread out and there aren't that many centralized locations where entrepreneurs can meet and work. The incubators asimov mentioned are fantastic and there are lots of support. American Underground is a nice little hub of startup activity. The majority of P4E startups have been tech.

I participated in the P4E program in my first year and it was an amazing experience. I'm not sure how Darden compares to Fuqua, but entrepreneurship is definitely institutionalized and thriving at Fuqua.
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