Discover. Design. Do Good!
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!
Under the guidance of Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence Aly Khalifa as well as faculty, business and community leaders, learn adaptive leadership skills to become a successful entrepreneur + technical skills to create and launch an enterprise or project that seeks to achieve positive social impact.
Social Innovation Students Tackle Issues Related to Food and Water
“The program was started because of students,” said Rich Clerkin, executive director for the Institute for Nonprofits. “They wanted to make a difference.”
Change the World
Learn from successful social entrepreneurs and grow in your ability to ignite social impact with positive solutions.Applications for the 2018-2019 Cohort are now open! Click here to apply!
What is a Social Innovation Fellow?
Creative confidence is the notion that you have big ideas and the ability to act on them.
- IDEO | Insights for Innovation
Often all it takes to unlock your potential as a dynamic problem solver is creative confidence. Creativity is not simply the capacity to draw or paint, but rather it is a way of approaching the world.
Candidates for the Social Innovation Fellows must be bold in accepting this challenge and willing to explore personal growth to achieve impactful solutions.
Social Innovation Fellows...
➢ have a passion to change the world and want to explore deeply a great social challenge related to food and/or water;
➢ may have a social impact idea but don’t know where to go to develop this idea;
➢ are currently working on a social venture, product or project solo or with a team; and/or
➢ may want to join an existing venture team.
Social Innovation Fellows will combine emphasis on learning both adaptive skills to become successful social entrepreneurs and innovators, and technical skills to ideate and eventually launch a social project, product, policy or enterprise.
Fellows will be required to meet at least once per month with their team and in addition, participate in a skills-based Innovation Lab with other teams and students.
Select readings and resources will accompany the monthly topic. Site visits, focus groups, and tools such as life mapping, appreciative inquiry and case studies will enhance the Fellow experience. Brain Trust members will be on hand to provide ongoing mentoring and team coaching. Fellows’ work will culminate in a celebratory networking and pitch event to win seed funding.
Teams will receive a micro-investment of $1,000 for prototyping and development and a graduation cord upon completion of the program.
A yearlong team-based learning experience, Social Innovation Fellows will enable NC State’s young social entrepreneurs and innovators who are building the next generation of technologies, inventions and ventures to consider more fully their impact on humanity and our planet. Fellows will explore issues of ethics and sustainability at the intersection of social sector and responsible business practice. Fellows will grow in understanding of themselves and the positive impact they can make in their communities and the world. Importantly they will grow in confidence, become keen thinkers and problem solvers sensitive to knowledge and cultural differences and be better prepared to leave NC State as engaged and responsible global citizens.
Frequently Asked Questions
corners of campus interested in becoming change makers – social entrepreneurs,
innovators and visionaries who have a dream to change the world – who want to work on an interdisciplinary venture team to develop new methods to solve society’s greatest challenges.
Become part of the Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Eco-system at NC State!
Our goal is to apply NC State’s powerful #ThinkAndDo message to impact our community and the world around us.
Contact us with questions!
Sponsored in part by a generous donation from the Kenan Institute.
Aly Khalifa – Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence
The Social Entrepreneur In Residence works with the Institute for Nonprofits 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 the Social Innovation Fellows Program, while also helping students and the department learn from his experiences.