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Do Good.

Grow empowered to find and pursue your passion. Make a difference while cultivating valuable relationships with mentors + content experts. Become an innovative problem solver to tackle the grand challenges in our state and the world!

What does it mean to be
a Social Innovation Fellow?

NC State University Social Innovation Fellows...

  • Have a passion to change the world and want to explore deeply a great social challenge related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals;
  • 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 want to join an existing venture team. 


What is the program about?

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.

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.

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Apply to Become a Fellow

Social innovation is powered by people with passion and motivation to use their talents to design and implement solutions to our most challenging social problems.

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