In 2014, Dr. Tom Miller created the Entrepreneurship Initiative Fellows program to support newly graduated NC State students who wished to pursue their venture full-time after graduation. The program was endowed by a group of alumni and renamed the Dr. Thomas Kenan Miller III Fellows Program in fall 2017.
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 the 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.
About The Miller Fellowship
A monthly stipend of $750 helps cover “rent and raman” while our Miller Fellows continue to develop their ideas. The Miller Fellowship runs from June 1-November 30, 2020.
- NC State undergraduate students who will have completed their bachelor’s degree in May 2020 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.
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
- 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.
- Support NC State Entrepreneurship through the facilitation of summer camps in summer 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.
Note: virtual events may take place instead of in-person events during Fall 2020. Jump Start will be a virtual summer camp.
If you have any questions about Miller Fellowship, please email Jennifer Capps at firstname.lastname@example.org
Six NC State Entrepreneurs Selected for the 2020 Miller Fellowship
Each year, NC State Entrepreneurship selects a new cohort of Miller Fellows, a program that supports newly graduated entrepreneurs who wish to pursue their venture full-time after graduation. The six May graduates selected represent 4 university colleges and five unique startups.
Please check back March 2021 to apply to be part of the next cohort.
Past Miller Fellows
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.