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NC State's Largest Student Entrepreneurship Competition!

Interested in being a judge or mentor to our passionate student teams in this year’s eGames? Fill out the quick form below!

NC State’s Annual Flagship Startup Competition!

Originating in 2009, eGames is an NC State student competition created for the purpose of providing guidance, resources, mentorship and cash to NC State student entrepreneurs. Maybe you’re working on a non-profit organization, a for-profit business, a solo-preneur with a side hustle, or maybe you’re not exactly sure what type of founder you may be! All ventures, organizational types, size and stages are welcome in the eGames.

There are two tracks for the competition – the student track and the Daugherty Endowment Track for officially registered startup companies that have licensed NC State intellectual property in the past three years.

Teams must forgo two rounds of judging across different categories, measuring everything from market feasibility, financial strategy and beyond. The student track is open to all undergraduate and graduate student teams comprised of at least 50% degree-seeking NC State students.

Missed the 2022 eGames?

Spir Medical – A bag valve mask resuscitation device for emergency responders

Cervu – Cervu is a device developed to help support women’s sexual health and pain/physical rehabilitation from cervical cancer

Straight Shot – Golf swing analytical device to perfect your swing

Rampart Crop Defense – Preventing crop death due to mildew infestations

Rede2m – Hydrogen fuel replacement for some fossil fuel dependent applications

Wolfpack Medical – The next generation of emergency trauma tourniquet

YardGuard – Automated yard and lawn maintenance

ByteSize Learning – Fun and engaging learning courses for elementary through high school students

Dyelation – A sustainable, proprietary thermo-glow ink for apparel.

Phloat – A university-based messaging app for a more cohesive community

eGames Ranks in the Top 20 University Entrepreneurship Competitions

We’re not only NC State’s largest entrepreneurship competition – we’re Top 20 in the country!

Daugherty Endowment Challenge

The Daugherty Endowment has been a contributing partner of the eGames since 2016, with the primary goal of increasing the success of startup companies based on NC State IP. The Daugherty Endowment Track is open to officially registered startup companies who have licensed NC State intellectual property in the past three years — meaning their licenses must be currently active. The funds allocated to winning companies can be used for critical early-stage business expenses.  For the past five years, the Daugherty Track has awarded prizes totaling $50,000 each year – with first place receiving $25,000, second receiving $15,000 and third receiving $10,000. In 2021, the Daugherty Track had two teams tie for first place.

The Daugherty Endowment Track is made possible by The Richard L. and Marlene V. Daugherty Centennial Campus Entrepreneurialism Endowment (Daugherty Endowment) with funding partnership from the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science and collaboration with the NC State Office of Partnerships and Office of Research Commercialization.

The Daugherty Track at the eGames is made possible thanks to the following:

  • Richard and Marlene Daugherty Entrepreneurialism Endowment 
  • Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science
  • NC State Office of Partnerships
  • NC State Office of Research Commercialization

A Special Thanks

To all of our Entrepreneurship Champion Partners!

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We Also Thank

Our Entrepreneurship Advocate Partners!

2022’s Extraordinary Impact Awards are made possible thanks to the following supporters

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Thank you to 2022’s in-kind award sponsors for providing additional awards to student teams

Holly Jean Jackson clarity business and health coach

Catch Up on the 2021 eGames Awards Ceremony and View the List of Winners

Learn about the amazing businesses and ideas coming out of NC State.