• Duke I&E Transform

    Duke Alumni Founders Event

    Hosted by Duke I&E and DukeGEN


    Engage. Share. Transform. Duke’s top alumni startup founders and executives come together in an interactive forum of bold discussion and transformative action. Through honest facilitated conversations and dynamic workshops, participants power their professional growth and forge meaningful relationships across industries and disciplines, creating an authentic and enduring community.


    Duke I&E Transform is an invite-only event.


    I&E Transform - not your average entrepreneurship event

    Have a transformational experience

    The 2019 Duke Transform event had a Net Promoter Score over 90!


    Learning opportunities are tailored to your background, providing highest relevancy to your career. But they're also designed to facilitate evolution beyond your industry and interests, guiding you to shift your mindset and level up your skills.

    Meet awesome people

    Surround yourself with diverse Duke alumni who will both support and challenge you, building a passionate, critical-minded, and creative community.  

    Continue the conversation

    Transformation doesn't stop once this event has ended. We'll lead your cohort in building upon your conversations to extend your collective growth.



    of high-growth startups

    Duke alumni executives who are actively part of the management teams of high-growth startups.


    of high-growth startups

    Duke alumni founders who are actively running their high-growth startups.


    for high-growth startups

    Duke alumni innovators who are seeking the latest startups, tools, and technologies.



    Duke-founded companies we are tracking that have raised >$1M or have cumulative revenues of >$1M


    Funding raised by Duke alums in 2018


    Funding raised by Duke students and just-graduated founders in 2018


    Duke alumni venture capitalists and angel investors that are actively investing


    Alumni Entrepreneurial Mentors on the Duke I&E Alumni Advisory Network


    Alumni judges in the annual Duke Startup Challenge


    Duke alumni entrepreneurship events since 2008, hosted by DukeGEN and Duke I&E.


    New Duke unicorns ($1 Billion) in 2018 (Precision Biosciences, Airtable, Plaid)



    Duke Global Entrepreneurship Network

    Creating debate, dialogue, and productive connections through a network of 8,000+ Duke entrepreneurs and 30+ events per year.

    Duke I&E

    Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative

    Changing the world through entrepreneurial action.


    Learn from fellow Duke alumni.

    Transform is about workshops and active participation, not sitting in a lecture.

    More workshop leaders are being added every week.

    David Cummings


    Linked-in Profile

    David is passionate about tech startups and entrepreneurship. He’s the co-founder of the Atlanta Tech Village (103,000 sq ft tech entrepreneurship center),

    Pardot (Inc. 500, sold to ExactTarget/Salesforce.com), Hannon Hill (Inc. 500), Rigor (Inc.500), SalesLoft (raised over $75M in capital), Terminus (raised over $25M in capital), and several more. After selling Pardot, he was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year winner and one of the 100 Most Influential Atlantans by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.


    David is a member of YPO Southern 7, Atlanta Rotary, on the board of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, and on the board of the Buckhead Coalition. A native of Tallahassee, Florida, David earned a bachelor of science degree in economics from Duke University and an honorary doctorate from Mercer University. David blogs regularly at DavidCummings.org and tweets at @davidcummings.

    Ivonna Dumanyan

    Co-founder of Fathom AI

    Linked-in Profile

    Reduce soreness & prevent injury with Fathom — a mobile app that adapts recovery routines to your training, injury history, pain & soreness.

    Suhani Jalota

    Founder of Myna Mahila Foundation

    Linked-in Profile

    Myna Mahila Foundation is a charity which empowers women in Mumbai’s urban slums, by providing them with a trusted network, where they are supported professionally and personally to help them grow as individuals and businesswomen. Myna offers women from these communities stable employment close to their homes, and breaks taboos around menstrual hygiene by offering women access to low cost sanitary pads and accurate information at their doorstep.


    Providing mothers in the community with these products helps them equip their daughters to stay in school. The pads are manufactured and distributed by women from these communities. The charity also empowers its staff through training in women's health, English, Math, and life skills such as self-defense.

    Sidney McLaurin

    Regional General Manager, Lime

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    Jeff Muti

    Co-founder and Board President, The Arthur Project

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    The Arthur Project builds economic and social mobility for at-risk youth through unprecedented levels of intensive, professional mentoring, project-based civic engagement, and critical life skills development.

    The Arthur Project (TAP) envisions a world where every child has a caring adult engaged in their lives to champion their most critical needs. TAP takes a unique approach to mentoring, providing full-time, trained and supervised mentors to at-risk children for the entire duration of their middle school years. TAP’s approach to mentoring was born out of its co-founder, Liz Murray’s personal change in life trajectory from homeless to Harvard (a journey commemorated in Liz’s memoir and the original Lifetime Television film documenting her story).


    T. Reid Lewis

    Planning Committee

    DukeGEN Co-chair and Co-founder

    Co-Founder & Senior Vice President at Proxidyne​​

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    Terri Burke

    Life Sciences Chair


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    Bill Warren

    Content Committee

    Co-Founder / Lead, Peeps Democracy
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    Chris Wolfington

    Conference Co-Chair

    Entrepreneurial Executive | Catalyst | Company Builder​

    Linked-in Profile


    Transform is an invite-only event

    To keep conversations personal and impactful, attendance is capped at 150


    $440 - Registration

    $390 - Early Bird Registration (Register before March 1, 2020)

  • Tue, April 9, 2019

    4:00PM TO 5:00PM

    Registration and Networking Happy Hour (Room 350)


    5:00PM TO 5:50PM

    Welcome Remarks / Define Goals (Room 360)


    Opening Speakers

    • Rich West, Co-founder and CEO of Baebies
    • Rachel Cook, Founder of Seeds

    5:50PM TO 7:15PM

    Team Session #1 Facilitated by Duke Transform Coach Mia Wise (Room 360)

    (This session is a technology-free zone*)


    7:15PM TO 8:30PM

    Networking Dinner and Share with Your Team (Room 350)


    * Technology-free zone means no phones, laptops, or iPads. Pads of paper and pens are provided for note taking. If you have an emergency call or text, please step outside of the session to take it.

    Wed, April 10, 2019

    8:30AM TO 9:00AM

    Continental Breakfast (Room 350)


    9:00AM TO 10:45AM

    Opening Comments (Room 360)


    Team Session #2 Facilitated by Coaches

    (Technology-free zone)


    10:45AM TO 11:00AM



    11:00AM TO 11:50AM

    Breakout Sessions #1

    (Technology-free zone)


    11:50AM TO 12:00PM



    12:00PM TO 1:00PM

    Networking Lunch (open seating) and Give & Take Exercise


    1:00PM TO 1:50PM

    Breakout Sessions #2

    (Technology-free zone)


    1:50PM TO 2:00PM



    2:00PM TO 2:50PM

    Breakout Sessions #3

    (Technology-free zone)


    2:50PM TO 3:00PM



    3:00PM TO 4:50PM

    In the Boardroom: Open Thoughts From Accomplished CEO’s, VCs, and Executives.

    (Technology-free zone; off the record and confidential)

    • 3:00PM TO 3:50PM - Session 1
    • 4:00PM TO 4:50PM - Session 2

    4:50PM TO 5:00PM



    5:00PM TO 6:00PM

    Team Session #3

    (Technology-free zone; exceptions made for scheduling follow-up plans and exchanging contact info)


    6:00PM TO 6:45PM

    Networking Dinner (open seating)


    6:45PM TO 8:00PM

    Closing Workshop: Coach Cutcliffe

    (Technology-free zone; exceptions made for snapping a photo of Coach Cut!)



    Closing Remarks & End of Official Event

    (Technology-free zone)



    Informal Afterparty

    6th Floor Rooftop Bar, The Durham Hotel

    Thu, April 11, 2019

    Optional Day

    Walk around downtown Durham with us and see how the city has been transformed. We will visit three of the amazing startups and co-working spaces that have taken root. In addition, this is your chance to mentor a student and help the student transform. If you are available to join us, please do!


    9:00AM TO 10:00AM

    Student Mentor Matching Breakfast & Tour of Teamworks with Duke co-founders Zach Maurides and Mitch Heath


    Stop #1 - Teamworks (122 East Parrish Street)


    "Teamworks is the leading athlete engagement platform, built by athletes, for athletes. Our software and app make everything easier for elite athletic teams – from scheduling and communication, to sharing files and managing travel. We help more than 2,000 Division I and professional teams connect and collaborate so they can focus on winning."


    Teamworks recently raised a $15.3 million series B round and was featured in March 2019 in Inc. Magazine.

    10:00AM TO 10:30AM

    Stop #2 - One City Center (110 Corcoran Street)


    Continue the discussion with your student mentee while walking.


    We will walk about half a block to see the brand new 27-story One City Center building, built by Duke alum Greg Hills (Austin Lawrence Partners). We'll head to the 3rd floor and see the WeWork offices.


    This building was completed in late 2018.


    Austin Lawrence Partners is also the refurbished Unscripted Hotel in partnership with Dream Hotels.


    10:30AM TO 11:00AM

    Stop #3 - American Tobacco Campus (300 Blackwell Street)


    Continue the discussion with your student mentee while walking.


    Join us to visit American Tobacco Campus which is a division of Capital Broadcasting Corporation. Capital Broadcasting Corporation deserves credit for transforming downtown Durham including the creation of Durham Bulls Athletic Park in 1995, the purchase of the American Tobacco Campus in 2001 and opening in 2004. Their co-working space, American Underground, launched in 2010 in the basement of American Tobacco Campus and quickly became the epicenter of startup activity in Durham. They've expanded and to multiple buildings including American Underground @ Main, which opened in 2013.



    The Bullpen

    Events will take place at the Duke I&E offices known as the "Bullpen" in downtown Durham.


    Note: There is also a restaurant known as "The Bullpen," so be sure to use the address below when putting the information into your GPS.


    Imperial Building

    215 Morris Street, Suite 300

    Durham, NC 27701


    Click here for a map.


    Free parking is available at the Durham ID Parking Deck located directly across the Imperial Building at 325 Roney Street, Durham, NC 27701.


    Click here for a map.


    Please make sure to pick up your parking vouchers at the front desk.


    Participants are invited to stay at the downtown Durham boutique hotel, 21c Museum Hotel for a special rate of $179.


    Call the hotel and ask for the DukeTransform rate. Available on a first come, first serve basis


    Let us know what questions you have!

    Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative
    215 Morris St, Suite 300
    Durham, NC 27701