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Entrepalooza

September 30 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Entrepalooza is NC State's annual festival celebrating entrepreneurship and innovation.

Entrepalooza, NC State’s annual entrepreneurship and innovation festival, is September 30 from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Stafford Commons!

This event is open to all students, staff, faculty, and the community! All you have to do is RSVP to attend!

Event Highlights

  • Entrepreneurship Showcase | Experience entrepreneurship at NC State through over two-dozen interactive demos, activities, and conversations hosted by student/alumni-lead ventures and campus partners.
Located on Stafford Commons, guests can visit over 20 booths and immerse themselves in the entrepreneurial ecosystem at NC State!
  • $4,500 Minute to Pitch It Competition | Hear pitches from NC State student entrepreneurs in the Minute to Pitch It competition; students have ONE minute to convince the audience their idea is worthy of the $2,250 audience choice award, and the judge’s $2,250 judge’s choice award!
  • Free Food & Drinks | Exploring entrepreneurship at NC State can make a wolf hungry! We’re offering free Chick-Fil-A, cookies from The Cookie People, chips and ice cold bottled water to keep the wolf pack fed and cooled off while having fun!
We’re offering free Chick-Fil-A, cookies from The Cookie People, and ice cold bottled water to keep you fed and hydrated!
  • Giveaways | Don’t leave empty-handed! We’ll be raffling off NC State Entrepreneurship giveaways all evening or you can stop by our NC State Entrepreneurship booth for free swag!
Swing by the NC State Entrepreneurship for free swag!

Thanks to our Volunteers!

Entrepalooza is a big event and we couldn’t do it without some help! If you’re interested in joining our volunteer team, sign up below.

2021 Entrepreneurs Showcase Exhibitors

321 Coffee – 321 Coffee is a coffee shop with a mission of blending communities by employing special needs individuals and helping these members of the community realize their potential. Learn more.

700 Rivers – 700 Rivers creates conscious fashion in a luxury style using 100% natural fibers and an ethical supply chain. Learn more.

Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs – As a resource for women in all stages of entrepreneurship, they provide a network of support through educational programming, social engagement activities and professional development opportunities. Learn more.

Albright Entrepreneurs Village – Located on Centennial Campus, AEV is NC State’s living and learning community for student entrepreneurs. The Village provides sophomores and above the opportunity to experience entrepreneurship on and off-campus. Learn more.

Arin’s Good Girl Dog Treats – Through an all-natural delicious dog treat business, Arin’s Good Girl Dog Treats is a nonprofit creating meaningful career opportunities for differently-abled individuals. Learn more.

Arts Entrepreneurship – The Arts Entrepreneurship Minor is a 15 credit-hour curriculum designed to help student arts entrepreneurs leverage a broad knowledge base to create successful arts ventures. Learn more.

Current Wellness – Current Wellness is an integrative wellness center in Downtown Raleigh, offering fitness and yoga classes, food education, mental health counseling, massage, personal training, and other wellness services and programs. Learn more.

Engineering Career Fair One of the largest career fairs in the country held specifically for engineering students. Learn More.

Engineering Entrepreneurs Program – This program provides a transformational entrepreneurship education experience for students through its fully immersive, multi-disciplinary, simulation-like learning environment. Learn more.

Global Training Initiative – Creating training and VR tools to read minds across cultures at NC State. Learn more.

Hempsmith – Hempsmith is a fashion brand helping create and inspire a more sustainable world through the use of hemp clothing. Learn more.

Home Office Solutions LLC – At Home Office Solutions, we will provide customers with a turn-key backyard office space that is climate-controlled, well lighted, totally customizable, and quiet to conduct your work from home duties. Learn more.

Kyrah’s Kustoms – Hand-painted, no stencils, made-to-order shoes! Learn more.

NC State Blue Economy Group – NC State University’s Blue Economy Group was formed in August 2020 to explore ways to create entrepreneurial opportunities for NC State students, staff, and faculty in support of sustainable development and economic growth in coastal communities. Learn more.

NC State Entrepreneurship – NC State Entrepreneurship supports, promotes, and advances a culture of entrepreneurship throughout the university community by providing resources, fostering collaboration and enhancing communication in support of NC State students, faculty, staff and alumni. Learn more

Paradigm Innovation – Paradigm Innovation designs scalable products, brands, & businesses that result in sustainable, accelerated growth. Learn more.

Phloat – From classmates to community all at your fingertips. Learn more.

Raleigh Founded– Raleigh’s largest co-working community, focuses on helping entrepreneurially-minded innovators start and grow their businesses and works to enhance the social and economic advancement in our local area. Learn more.

Reborn Clothing Co. – Reborn takes unused clothing items and turns them into upcycled new products for sale. Founder Emily Neville and her team have partnered with major universities system to reduce textile waste found at universities locally and nationally. Learn more.

Retrieving Hearts – Our mission is to improve the physical and psychological health and well-being of people, young and old by providing animal-assisted therapy services using volunteers and certified therapy dogs. Learn more.

Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation – We believe that NC State will become a vibrant teaching-learning-living laboratory for social entrepreneurship. Learn more. 

The Cookie People – The Cookie People has been treating Raleigh to gourmet homemade cookies in their signature clear cookie jars for nine years and counting. Learn more.

Tour Warrenton – Tour Warrenton was established September 2020 during the global pandemic to connect people to Historic Warren County North Carolina founded in 1779 through rural volunteerism, entrepreneurship, and restoration via food tours, markets tours, and special events. Learn more.

Vetletics – Vetletics is an innovative company dedicated to raising the industry standards for animal health and performance. Our flagship product, EQ Press is the first and only dynamic compression lymphatic drainage device for veterinary use. Learn more.

Wolfe Cravings – Tiramisu and ice cream sandwiches that happen to be naturally gluten-free. Learn more.

Entrepalooza Promo Toolkit

If you’re a vendor at Entrepalooza, a student ambassador or an Alliance member and would like to help us spread the word about Entrepalooza, we created a promo toolkit for you! It includes graphics, a promo video, an article, social media posts and more!

A Special Thanks

To all of our Entrepreneurship Champion Partners!

IBM and Carimus are champion partners

We Also Thank

Our Entrepreneurship Advocate Partners!

Eastman chemical the variable and carimus are advocate level partners