About Social Innovation
We believe that NC State will become a vibrant teaching-learning-living laboratory for social entrepreneurship. We strive to achieve this by creating a dynamic institutionally-based and community-engaged program to teach, learn and practice social entrepreneurship.
These are our goals:
- Educate and empower students and faculty in new methodologies to improve the human condition
- Transform existing organizations, businesses, and structures to be more innovative, sustainable, and effective change agents
- Link and channel resources of campus and community to create powerful opportunities for learning and social impact
- Support campus and community social entrepreneurs and the creation of social enterprises
Social Entrepreneurship Newsletter
The Social Entrepreneurship Newsletter comes out twice a month and informs subscribers about all social entrepreneurship events in the area, as well as opportunities for internships and fellowships, articles about social innovation, and more. Click the link below to subscribe!
Social Innovation Fellows
Social innovation is powered by people with passion and motivation to use their talents to design and implement solutions to our most challenging and systemic social problems.
Do you want to make a positive social impact with your skills? Become an NC State Social Innovation Fellow!
COMx is a dynamic, panel-style external event that is offered once per semester for students, faculty and community leaders. The goal of COMx is to provide informal networking and sharing of expertise across business and social sectors and to build a common language and potential sustainable relationships.
Social Entrepreneur in Residence
The Social Entrepreneur In Residence works with the department to help bring social innovation to NC State. Our current Social Entrepreneur In Residence, Aly Khalifa, has made it his goal to help build out and execute a Social Innovation Fellows Program, while also helping students and the department learn from his experiences.
Social Venture Development
Social Venture Development is offered to all NC State students. With many different entrepreneurial competitions throughout the year, the Institute for Nonprofits offers coaching and development planning. We offer meetings for students who have completed business plans to students who just have an idea of a social venture. Check out of our most popular competition below!
Dinners With Purpose
Dinners With Purpose is one of our most popular events. Held once a semester, Dinners With Purpose feature amazing social entrepreneurs, like Mina Girgis of The Nile Project and Robin Emmons of Sow Much Good, who give talks and answer questions from students, community members, and staff. These catered events are always inspiring and exciting for all who attend.
External Activities and Partners
Social Innovation + Entrepreneurship works with many external community partners to carry out its mission of developing and supporting the next generation of world change-makers. Over a two year period the following community sites and organizations have become valuable partners in providing internship opportunities, mentoring, incubation support for social ventures, pitch competition hosts, networking events, and informal connections with Raleigh and the Triangle region. These include:
HQ Raleigh: Through both the e-clinic sponsored by Poole College of Management and office space provided by the Office of Technology Transfer our students and faculty benefit from real life engagement with local start-up ventures.
B Corps Clinic: In partnership with Poole College, our students are exposed to the B Corp movement and given the opportunity to become B Corp ambassadors to emerging companies seeking certification.
e-51 and AWE (Aspiring Women Entrepreneurs): Students and staff participate in this campus/ community collaborative that offers workshops, mentoring, and events to support female entrepreneurs.
The Loading Dock Raleigh: The Loading Dock Raleigh is an emerging new membership based co-working space in downtown. This space offers “fishbowl” activities and working space for students seeking to learn about social entrepreneurship and social sector organizations.
Audacity Factory: Several students each academic year intern with Audacity Factory, an incubator for social enterprises that focuses on anti-human trafficking.
Organizations providing/ offering internship opportunities for social entrepreneurship students include: