Entrepalooza is NC State's annual festival celebrating entrepreneurship and innovation. September 24, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.

An Event for Thinkers and Doers

Experience entrepreneurship at the 6th annual Entrepalooza — NC State’s annual entrepreneurship and innovation festival – now all digital!  Join us on September 24,  5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. 

Entrepalooza is an opportunity for students, faculty/staff, alumni and community members to experience entrepreneurship at NC State. You’ll have the opportunity to virtually visit dozens of vendor booths via an interactive platform, request to go live on stage with your favorite vendors to ask questions and visit dozens of vendor and partner expo booths to learn more about their startups and programs – not to mention we’re doing a ton of giveaways!

Get your virtual ticket now!

Event Highlights

  • Entrepreneurship Showcase | Experience entrepreneurship at NC State through interactive demos and activities hosted by student, faculty/staff and alumni ventures. See the 2019 lineup below. If you’re interested in showcasing your startup, apply here!
  • Conversations with Awesome Founders | Hear from some of our most successful business founders as they share their story, how they’re handling 2020, and their recommendations for curious entrepreneurs.
  • Minute to Pitch It | Hear pitches from 10 student entrepreneurs in the Minute to Pitch It competition; students have one minute to convince the audience their idea is worthy of the $1,000 audience choice award! Apply to pitch!
  • Giveaways | Stick around for a chance to win NC State Entrepreneurship giveaways

Minute to Pitch it Application 🎤

Do you have a great idea? Need $1,000 to get it off the ground?  Enter to compete in the Minute to Pitch It contest at Entrepalooza 2020 – now all digital! 10 participants will be selected and have their video played during the event to be voted on by the audience and judges!
Psst… This is a very simple application – all you need to do is fill out some identifier question and share the following:
  • What is the name of your team or venture?
  • A one-sentence description of your product or venture.
  • Provide a YouTube link to a video of your one-minute pitch.

Are you a degree-seeking NC State Student looking to win $1,000 for a 60-second video pitch? Apply for Minute to Pitch it below! Applications have now closed.

Vendor Application 🗣️

Are you an NC State student or alum-founded business that wants to showcase in Digital Entrepalooza 2020? Just fill out the brief form below and we will be in touch! Vendor applications have now closed. 

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Giveaways + Prizes 🎁

Stick around towards the end as we announce 3 giveaway winners! We will be offering NC State Entrepreneurship swag as well as merch from our vendors!


Don’t forget we’ll be playing 1-minute pitches from fellow students! (Pitch submissions are due Sept. 15.) After we play the pitches towards the end of the event, we’ll open the floor for audience voting and a lucky student will earn $1,000 in award money!

2020 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.

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.

Angry Angel Energy DrinksAngry Angel presents The energy drink, redefined. Angry Angel has no artificial flavors, sweeteners, preservatives, or colors, but all the energy! 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.

Betabox – The world’s only network of on-demand mobile tech labs. Organizations can rent a Betabox to engage students with hands-on STEAM learning experiences anywhere. Learn more.

College of Engineering – By integrating research and education, we’ve built one of the world’s finest colleges of engineering and computer sciences.

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

Folux Labs LLC – Folux Labs LLC is an AgTech lighting startup based in Raleigh, NC, that is developing a smart LED lighting system for indoor farms & greenhouses. 

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

NC State Libraries – The NC State University Libraries is the gateway to knowledge for the North Carolina State University community and partners.

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

Proteios Shakes – Proteios Shakes provides supplement shakes customized to your needs.

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.

Sani – South Asian Fashion Reimagined.

SKEMA – SKEMA Business School is a global school that focuses on the all-round development of students to meet the evolving needs of the 21st century.

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

Uncapped CalligraphyUncapped Calligraphy and Designs offers hand-designed and hand-lettered journals, seasonal decor, private classes, and other services, in order to help you uncap your own creativity and memories! Learn more.


Come Celebrate Entrepreneurship at Entrepalooza 2020

Every year, NC State Entrepreneurship holds the biggest entrepreneurship festival at NC State – Don’t miss it!

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Minute to Pitch It

Congratulations to the 2019 Minute to Pitch It winners, Yuptape and YouFirst! Learn more about their innovative ideas in this WRAL Techwire article.

Meet the winners