Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Engaging students from all corners of campus in dynamic opportunities to learn how to apply their passion and skills to change the world. 

About Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Learn about the emerging field of social entrepreneurship and innovation through campus and community events. Some of the Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation  programs offered are:

  • Pop Up Lunch and Learns
  • Venture Coaching 
  • Dinners With Purpose
  • ChangeMaker Network

Be inspired to promote the growing social impact ecosystem at NC State and become a change maker! For more information, contact Elizabeth Benefield at eabenefi@ncsu.edu.

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See our current and past editions of our Social Entrepreneurship Newsletter

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Student Spotlight

Faith Barnes

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

"I think everyone has a little bit of 'change the world' mentality in them. We all want to make a difference. We all want to feel connected and see the world become a better place. Too many people look at that attitude as if it is naive and childish. Our willingness to effect change in the world, to have compassion, is the greatest asset. Working with the Institute and Social Entrepreneurship has only furthered my opinion."

Internship Opportunities

External Activities and Partners

The Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Initiative 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.

Think House of Raleigh: Our aspiring social entrepreneurs can apply to this nine month residential program that offers wrap around support for start-up ventures. 

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.

UNC Social Entrepreneurship Conference: Hosted each year at A&T, this system-wide event hosts student teams developing social ventures for a pitch competition and prize money. Five teams, both undergraduate and graduate level, participated in this year’s event as part of the NC State delegation. 

Organizations providing/ offering internship opportunities for social entrepreneurship students include:

-The Redwoods Foundation


-Myriad Productions

-Bee Downtown

-Murphy’s Naturals