Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Design

Explore the Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Design Career Community.

Interested in starting something new, creatively solving relevant problems of today and impacting disciplines like social, environmental, and health, then the Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Design Community is for you! Whether you are curious about exploring a venture or like the startup scene, this community can connect you with engagement opportunities, resources, and industry knowledge. It can also support you in designing, prototyping, and testing your ideas to drive change. Start following today.

System Design Interview: Design a Rate Limiter

In this system design mock interview, we ask Hozefa to design a rate limiter. Hozefa is an engineering manager at Meta. Learn more in Strategies for Improving Availability in system design interviews.

What is a Rate Limiter?

A rate limiter …

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Duke in Silicon Valley

Interested in business, tech, entrepreneurship, or innovation? The Ronald & Carrie Ludwig Duke in Silicon Valley program is a month-long, one-credit course that gives you an immersive experience in the nation’s hub for venture formation. You’ll tour companies throughout the …

By Christina Plante (she/her)
Christina Plante (she/her) Assistant Director of Career Services
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Nucor and Microsoft’s Planning to Harness Nuclear Fusion for Emission Reduction 

  The biggest American steel supplier, Nucor invests $35 million in fusion venture Helion to develop a 500-megawatt power plant. And recently, Microsoft’s Vice Chair and President, Brad Smith, expressed optimism about fusion energy as a crucial clean energy technology. …

By Rosalind Hu
Rosalind Hu
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Startup Fest

Attention founders, entrepreneurship enthusiasts, and anyone interested in building a company! On Thursday, January 11 from 6:30-8:00pm in the Wilkinson Building, join us for STARTUP FEST, a party to kick off the spring semester and connect you with peers and …

By Christina Plante (she/her)
Christina Plante (she/her) Assistant Director of Career Services
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Dear Pathfinder: Up-and-coming Entrepreneur    

Dear Pathfinder, is the Career Center’s Career Development advice column. Have a question for us? Submit it here. Catch up on past letters, here.   

The Question –  

 If I don’t have a support system that I feel can …

By Jared Smith (He/Him)
Jared Smith (He/Him) Associate Director, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
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Career Readiness Resources

Startup Ecosystem Resources

List of Triangle Incubators and Accelerators from

The Ronald & Carrie Ludwig Duke in Silicon Valley Program

Provides an intensive experience in new venture creation in the nation’s hub for entrepreneurial enterprise.

Over the course of the …


Covers all things tech for Raleigh-Durham and the surrounding area. Think of it as TechCrunch for the Triangle, with a …

American Underground

Durham’s coworking community for innovators, creators, and changemakers. Find space to build and a community to support you at the …

Venture for America

Empowering America’s Future Entrepreneurs & Leaders

We’re a national nonprofit and two-year Fellowship program that gives recent college graduates firsthand …

Melissa and Doug Entrepreneurs

Preparing the Next Generation of Great Entrepreneurs

Have you started a company? Do you have customers and traction? Be a …

Featured Courses

Becoming a Data Entrepreneur

Taught by Ben Sullins
Ever wondered about setting out on your own as a data entrepreneur? Before you take the risk, you may want…

Illustrator for UX Design

Taught by Emmanuel Henri
In this course, get an expert’s view on how to best use Adobe Illustrator for your UX design projects. Instructor…

Startup Stories: Sports Cards Hobby Becomes Big Payday

Taught by Chris Guillebeau
Did you know you can day trade sports cards, without ever handling inventory? Author and entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau shares the…

BE 2.0 (Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0): (Book Bite)

Taught by Next Big Idea Club
Have you ever wondered what makes great companies tick? In his 2020 book BE 2.0 (Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0): Turning Your…

Startup Stories: Teacher Earns $8,000 Selling Curriculum

Taught by Chris Guillebeau
If you want to get something done, ask a busy teacher to do it. Author and entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau shares…

Business Design: Turning Ideas Into Business

Taught by Heather Fraser
How do you strategically turn an idea into a real business you can grow and sustain over time? In this…

Startup Stories: College Grad Earns 100K-Plus Selling Shoes

Taught by Chris Guillebeau
From used textbooks to homes, reselling can be a smart way to make money fast. Did you know you can…

How Startups Find Problems Worth Solving

Taught by Knowable
Many of the world’s greatest innovations are spawned when smart people solve their own problems. In MBA terms, these people…

Startup Stories: Smart SEO Helps Tech Employee Prosper

Taught by Chris Guillebeau
Affiliate marketing is an entry-level business that anyone can pursue. In some cases, the rewards can add up. Author and…

Why Smart Founders Are “Productively Wrong”

Taught by Knowable
At its heart, entrepreneurship is a process of continual learning. Win or lose, the inevitable product of any venture is…

Startup Stories: Database Programmer Outsources His Skills

Taught by Chris Guillebeau
One key theme of side hustling is using the skills you already have, but how do you know which skills…

Problem-Solving for Founders

Taught by Knowable
Experienced entrepreneurs know that understanding a problem deeply is the key to solving it. Join MIT professors Erdin Beshimov and…

ProtoPie for UX Design

Taught by Ronnie McBride
ProtoPie is a code-free prototyping tool that helps you build highly-interactive prototypes for mobile apps easily and quickly, so you…

How Smart Founders Prototype Solutions

Taught by Knowable
When you apply your personal knowledge and skills to business problems, you offer a unique set of insights that can…

Startup Stories: Selling $100K of T-Shirts with No Inventory

Taught by Chris Guillebeau
There’s more than one way to make a lot of money designing and selling t-shirts. In this audio-only course, author…

Find Meaning in Your UX Design Career

Taught by Cory Lebson
No matter how much fun you’re having as a UX professional, you may wonder how much your work actually helps…

Startup Stories: Remote Airbnb Host Automates Rental Process

Taught by Chris Guillebeau
You’ve heard of Airbnb rentals, but could you really manage a whole collection of properties from afar? Author and entrepreneur…

Developing a High-Performance Entrepreneur Mindset Nano Tips with Terry Rice

Taught by Terry Rice
Welcome to our Nano Tips series, where LinkedIn Learning creators deliver impactful lessons in literally seconds. In this installment, gather…

Startup Stories: Famous iPhone Photo Leads to Online Courses

Taught by Chris Guillebeau
You probably have a camera in your pocket right now, or perhaps on your desk or mounted in your car.…

Planning a Career in User Experience

Taught by Cory Lebson
Successful UX professionals help improve technology so that it’s more efficient, effective, and satisfying for users. But where does a…
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