Kurt Schmidt, Duke OLV MIR

Kurt C. Schmidt

Mentor-in-Residence


Kurt Schmidt, a Mentor-In-Residence with Duke New Ventures, has extensive experience in all stages of startup operations. From founder to successful exit, his tenure in the entrepreneurial ecosystem includes operational, advisory, and investor roles. He has served as a board member, chairman, and advisor to technology innovators from San Francisco to Sydney to Shanghai.

Kurt is a member of the Executive Committee and the President-Elect of Triangle Angel Partners, an angel fund that invests in technology startups. He serves on several boards, including the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Council for Entrepreneurial Development.

As a TRW Fellow, Kurt earned his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Southern California and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. At Duke University’s School of Law, he honed his skills in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, private equity, and entrepreneurial transactions.

Kurt is an adjunct professor in the Honors Carolina program at The University of North Carolina, as well as a guest lecturer at Kenan-Flagler Business School. Starting Fall 2018, he will teach entrepreneurship at Duke University.