Social Innovation
+ Entrepreneurship

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

About Social Innovation
+ Entrepreneurship

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 

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.

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

The Redwoods Foundation


Myriad Productions

Bee Downtown

Murphy’s Naturals

- Wine to Water

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