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Social Entrepreneurship Opportunities

The emerging field of social entrepreneurship is providing dynamic new learning opportunities for students at NCSU and partnerships with the community. Through the Institute for Nonprofits, co-curricular offerings such as lunch and learns, speaker series, student fellowships, and community engagement activities will explore knowledge, skills and applicability of cross-disciplinary social innovation and social enterprise. Join the conversation and participate in this growing campus wide network by joining our LinkedIn group, liking our Facebook page, or following us on Twitter.


At NC State:

Entrepreneurship Initiative (EI) at NC State: Through the EI, individual entrepreneurial projects and programs throughout the university unite to provide students with top-tier resources and opportunities. EI encourages multi-disciplinary participation on every level – faculty, staff, industry and outreach partners, and most importantly, students.

Minor in Arts Entrepreneurship: This interdisciplinary Minor is based on the concepts of both intellectual and experiential readiness. It helps emerging arts entrepreneurs use a broad knowledge base to create successful arts ventures.

In North Carolina:

The Summit for Transformative Education: An opportunity to learn to implement and teach the Transformative Action Institute’s award-winning social innovation curriculum and collaborate with leaders in the field to build a better model for social change education.

UNC Social Business Conference: The conference was organized to bring together economic development interests from all regions of the state to hear Professor Yunus’ social business concept of combining business know-how with the desire to improve quality of life. In addition college student teams from across North Carolina were challenged to develop business solutions to pressing local and state issues. Learn more about the student team from NC State University who won the competition here.

Bull City Forward: Bull City Forward is a community of innovators who develop and scale break-through solutions to community challenges and entrepreneurial opportunities.  They work across industries from banking to education, clean tech to software; in teams and alone; in nonprofits and for-profits; in pursuit of financial success and social impact. Queen City Forward follows the same model and is based in Charlotte, NC.

Triangle Entrepreneurship Week (TEW): TEW strives to get entrepreneurs past the breakthrough point and addresses some of the most difficult transitions for startups to navigate successfully. TEW takes entrepreneurs and investors to new heights by providing meaningful access to resources and ideas that can change up the economy. Join us and hear a lineup of coveted mentors, start-up successes and industry specific discussions.

HUB Raleigh: HUB Raleigh is a co-working office space for entrepreneurs and their companies that may be in all stages of development.

Appalachian IDEAS Network: The Appalachian IDEAS Network is a regional, multi-university, social-entrepreneurial education initiative managed by the Entrepreneurship for the Public Good program at Berea College. The initiative is designed to equip students with knowledge, skills and resources to develop entrepreneurial ventures that address challenges within the Appalachian region.

Social Venture Partners: Social Venture Partners Charlotte (SVPC) is an organization whose members share a common goal of making a difference in their community and becoming more active and informed in their philanthropic work. Using the venture capital approach, partners invest time, expertise and money to develop and support social initiatives or promising nonprofit organizations that will have a measurable, sustainable and positive impact in the community. In addition, they strive to educate their partners to be well informed, effective and engaged philanthropists.

Anywhere in the World:

Dell Social Innovation Challenge: The Dell Social Innovation Challenge identifies and supports promising young social innovators who dedicate themselves to solving the world’s most pressing problems with their transformative ideas. We provide university students with world-class teaching and training, as well as with start-up capital and access to a network of mentors and advisors.

Dell Education Challenge: The Dell Education Challenge focuses on finding solutions to some of today’s challenges in the area of primary/K12 education.

Dell Empowering Women Challenge: Offers up to $15,000 for ideas that empower, educate, and create business opportunities for women and girls worldwide. Every project entry will be automatically entered into 2014 Dell Social Innovation Challenge. Open to any university student, from any country, male or female, graduate or undergraduate, in any field of study.

ProHatch: Provides expertise regarding the emerging crowdfunding sector. Its Online Crowdfunding Incubator Program for Small Businesses & Philanthropy Projects is designed to provide free business intelligence, consultation and training to social and business entrepreneurs on how to effectively prepare their organizations for a successful crowdfunding campaign to raise capital quickly via social media and other online tools. One of ProHatch’s eight specialized funding channels is philanthropy and community causes.

GHIC 2013 Global Health & Innovation Conference: The Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world’s largest global health conference and social entrepreneurship conference.  This must-attend, thought-leading conference annually convenes more than 2,200 leaders, change makers, students, and professionals from all fields of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.

InnovNation: An executive and study abroad programs seek to spark innovation by exposing participants to the high tech industry and entrepreneurial eco-system  of the Start-Up Nation. Through exclusive lectures, meetings, and site visits, this program combines theoretical know-how with the insights and first-hand experience of some of Israel’s top companies and entrepreneurs.  Participants in this program will be able to earn 3-6 academic credits through the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. For further information please refer to the 2013 program brochure.