Entrepalooza is NC State's annual festival celebrating entrepreneurship and innovation.

An Event for Thinkers and Doers

Thanks for digitally joining us on Sept. 24, 2020, at the 6th annual Entrepalooza — NC State’s annual entrepreneurship and innovation festival!

Entrepalooza is an opportunity for students, faculty/staff, alumni and community members to experience entrepreneurship at NC State. Students, faculty, staff, and community members had the opportunity to virtually visit dozens of vendor booths via an interactive platform, request to go live on stage with their favorite vendors to ask questions and visit dozens of vendor and partner expo booths to learn more about their startups and programs.

This year we went digital!

Event Highlights

  • Entrepreneurship Showcase | Interactive demos and activities hosted by student, faculty/staff and alumni ventures.
  • Conversations with Awesome Founders | This year we heard from Niki and Ritika Shamdasani from Sani and Carol Vercellino from Oak city Labs as they shared their story, how they’re handling 2020, and their recommendations for curious entrepreneurs.
  • Minute to Pitch It | We heard pitches from 10 student entrepreneurs in the Minute to Pitch It competition; students had one minute to convince the audience their idea is worthy of the $1,000 audience choice award!
  • Giveaways | We had giveaways every 30 minutes!

Minute to Pitch it 🎤

Minute to Pitch it is a 60-second elevator pitch competition where students pitch their best business idea for a chance to win a $1,000 audience choice award and a $1,000 judge’s choice award.
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.

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. Learn More.

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. Learn More.

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. 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.

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. Learn More.

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. Learn More

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

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. 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.

Sani – South Asian Fashion Reimagined. Learn More. 

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. Learn More. 

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

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