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Experiential Learning

Beyond the Classroom

NC State’s co-curricular programs are designed to complement the learning taking place in the classroom. A packed schedule connects students, alumni and industrious community members who share a clear focus on developing the next generation of entrepreneurial thinkers and doers. 

Albright Entrepreneurs Village

The Albright Entrepreneurs Village is a living option for NC State student entrepreneurs. The Village provides an immersive experience with specialized programming and a community of entrepreneurship supporters. Learn more.

Business Sustainability Collaborative

We’re an academic initiative that unites students, faculty and industry leaders with a shared vision: to use business as a driver for positive change. Learn more.

Albright Entrepreneurship Garage

Work alongside real-world founders and startup leaders in the HQ Centennial open coworking spaces, or learn technical skills in our prototyping lab. Learn more.

Entrepreneurship Ambassador Program

The Entrepreneurship Student Ambassadors program (ESAP) engages the entrepreneurship community at NC State through events and campus-wide programming. Members of the group serve as the student voice of NC State Entrepreneurship. Learn more.

Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

A community of learners from every corner of campus, first-year through doctoral, applying their passions to change the world.. Learn more.

Mentorship Program

The NC State Innovation and Entrepreneurship Mentorship Program facilitates interaction between industry experts and entrepreneurial-minded students at NC State. Learn more.

Miller Fellowship

The Dr. Thomas Kenan Miller III Fellowship program is a bridge program to support student entrepreneurs for the first six months after graduation, bridging the gap between graduation and pursuing a startup full-time. During the fellowship period, alumni continue to have access to university resources including the libraries and Albright Entrepreneurship Garage. Learn more.

Patent and Trademark Research Center

The Patent and Trademark Center (PTRC) at NC State University Libraries is a center designated by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to receive and house copies of patent and trademark materials, to make them freely available to the public, and to actively disseminate patent and trademark information. Learn more.

Social Innovation Fellows

The Social Innovation Fellows program combines emphasis on learning both adaptive skills to become successful social entrepreneurs and innovators, and technical skills to ideate and eventually launch a social project, product, policy or enterprise. Learn more.

7,000+ Students Impacted by NC State Entrepreneurship Annually

Events and Trips

In addition to a long list of programs with specific areas of focus, NC State engages students through events and trips to major startup hubs.


NC State offers events that bring together students from across campus for pitch competitions, entrepreneurship showcases, networking and more.


Pitch Competitions
Networking Receptions
Entrepreneur Showcases
Skills Workshops

Locals Tours
Speaker Series
Mentor Meet-ups
Startup Competitions


There are two trips every year: a fall break trip to New York City and a spring break trip to Silicon Valley. Trips are affordable for students; each trip is only $400 all-inclusive. 

Learn more.

Entrepreneurship Competitions

Students from all academic departments can participate in entrepreneurship competitions and have access to events, workshops, mentoring that enable them to test and refine their founder skills.