The Miller Fellowship program increases the success rate of promising entrepreneurs by providing a stipend ($750 per month) and new venture support to graduates who would otherwise not have the financial means to do so.
A group of NC State alumni established Miller Fellowship in honor of their professor, Dr. Tom Miller, to support entrepreneurial-minded students and help bridge the gap directly following graduation, when students are often faced with the choice of taking a job or focusing on their startup venture full-time.
A monthly stipend of $750 helps cover “rent and raman” while our Miller Fellows continue to develop their ideas.
How to Apply
In addition to a stipend, Fellows receive:
- Mentorship from the NC State Entrepreneurship team, including monthly meetups and workshops focused on building your entrepreneurial skills
- An opportunity to work in the NC State Andrews Launch Accelerator, a five-module, 14-week summer accelerator program (applicants must apply separately for the Acceleration Fund).
- Continued access to NC State startup spaces, like the Entrepreneurship Garage, and valuable resources, such as NCSU Libraries, to provide work and prototyping spaces at no cost.
- Assistance navigating university and community resources for post-graduate entrepreneurs, such as NC State’s Alumni Entrepreneurs.
- Access to human capital both inside and outside the university that provides resources and services for new ventures (e.g. pitch clinics, legal services).
- Attend monthly meetups and workshops that focus on building your entrepreneurial skills in areas such as networking, communication and mentorship.
- Participate as a camp facilitator at NC State’s Jump Start: Explore an Entrepreneurial Mindset camp for rising ninth and tenth graders, the week of July 5 – 10, 2020.
- Present about your Miller Fellowship experience at the “End-of-Year” celebration in November.
- Hold regular office hours in the Entrepreneurship Garage to help mentor students.
- Serve as an ambassador and mentor for NC State Entrepreneurship in various contexts, such as presenting at university-sponsored programs.
- NC State undergraduate students who will have completed their bachelor’s degree in May 2020, prior to the start of the Fellowship, and are not enrolled or planning to enroll in a graduate program the following semester.
- Applicants must show they have made substantial progress towards the development of a venture before they graduated and that additional support would significantly increase the company’s probability of success.
- Applicants must agree to reside in the Raleigh-Durham area for the duration of the Fellowship.
2020 Application Coming Soon
Please check back in late March.
Leigh-Kathryn Bonner (CHASS), founder of Bee Downtown, was a 2015 Miller Fellow.
Founders of Undercover Colors, Tyler Confrey-Maloney (Engineering) & Steve Gray (Engineering) were 2014 Miller Fellows.
Suraaj Doshi (Engineering) & Kyle Linton (Poole College of Management), founders of Nicotrax, were 2014 Miller Fellows.