Skip to main content


At NC State, big ideas have room to grow. Our student entrepreneurs connect with like-minded innovators and access vital resources in designated spaces across campus and around Raleigh.

Open for Business

Entrepreneurship is a fundamental priority at NC State. That’s why the university has invested in spaces that facilitate collaboration and innovation among students, faculty, alumni and emerging area startups. These dedicated locations give enterprising students access to valuable resources and seasoned mentors as they develop their entrepreneurial skills and grow their ventures.

NC State has a unique physical footprint for entrepreneurship. We’ve created unconventional spaces that allow for the necessary trial and error in building a business. Locations across campus spark imagination and make the latest tools and technology available in support of a forward-thinking approach to enterprise.

And along with our abundant physical spaces and cutting-edge equipment, a connected community of driven innovators keeps NC State at the forefront of university startup culture. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or a startup veteran, you’ll find the room, resources and contacts to support your goals.

Location, Location, Location

NC State is an entrepreneurial university embedded within an entrepreneurial city and region. The capital of North Carolina, Raleigh has emerged as a nationally-recognized hotspot for enterprise, innovation and investment. The city is an especially supportive environment for new businesses, with more than 500 startups and over 140,000 square feet of co-working space. Further, Raleigh joins Durham and Chapel Hill to form the Research Triangle — one of the country’s largest hubs for research and economic development.

Centennial Campus further cements NC State as a pioneering research university with an overarching entrepreneurial vision. Our public-private research campus is home to more than 70 corporate, government and nonprofit partners. And the James B. Hunt Jr. Library is one of the most technologically advanced learning and collaboration spaces in the world.

Take a Virtual Tour of Our Spaces

Entrepreneurship Garage at Raleigh Founded

Entrepreneurship Garage Classroom

Entrepreneurship Garage Prototyping Space


Our year-round schedule of educational programs and networking functions gives student entrepreneurs regular opportunities to build relationships with future collaborators, experienced mentors and prospective investors.