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Entrepreneurship for Graduate Students

Network like crazy! Be persistent! Take risks! These are just a few of the themes that emerged from the February 18 seminar “Entrepreneurship for Graduate Students,” hosted by Dr. Todd Brady (M.D., Ph.D., Pathology), Duke alumnus and member of the Graduate School Board of Visitors, and three of his business colleagues, including Duke alum, Jeff Welch, (Ph.D., Neurobiology). They shared their stories about becoming entrepreneurs and gave candid advice about pursuing the entrepreneurial route to a group of 45 graduate students who participated in the weekend event. The number one lesson students learned was that entrepreneurship is one of many uses for their Ph.D.s. The Graduate School plans to build on the success of this initial seminar to enlist facilitators from a wide range of disciplines who are using their Ph.D. training as successful entrepreneurs.