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Albright Entrepreneurs Village

Where students turn ideas into reality.

The Albright Entrepreneurs Village (AEV), located on Centennial Campus, is NC State’s living and learning community for student entrepreneurs. AEV provides sophomores and above the opportunity to experience entrepreneurship on and off-campus.

Residents have the opportunity to explore their interests in a supportive community. Specialized programming includes mentorship and networking events, trips and tours, and regular meetings with alumni and startup founders. Villagers also benefit from joining like-minded peers, and peer mentors, and having access to competitions and social events all designed to expand your entrepreneurial skills and mindset in a fun environment.

Village Benefits

The Village offers a 1-credit class during the fall semester of your first year at AEV that brings in speakers and focuses on identifying entrepreneurial opportunities and skill-building to maximize your time in the AEV.

The village also hosts year-round community socials, has a private Slack channel to communicate, and has been known to throw an awesome end-of-year BBQ, among other traditions!

The Village promotes entrepreneurial thinking and leadership development through “hands-on” activities and community speakers to gain valuable knowledge. The Village also offers design simulations and competitions with prizes to support students building ventures and encourages skill development across all disciplines and career pathways.

The Village provides professional and peer mentorship opportunities for our students to promote venture and professional skills growth for aspiring ​entrepreneurs. This includes eConnect, our digital advice-seeking platform featuring mentors from many different industries.

Village residents have the opportunity to attend multiple local startup tours throughout the year and an annual trip to a new city. Past annual trips have included Washington D.C. and Chicago. In addition, many Village residents take part in the fall break trip to New York City and the spring break trip to Silicon Valley offered by NC State Entrepreneurship.

The Albright Entrepreneurs Village is located in Innovation Hall in Wolf Ridge Apartments on Centennial Campus. Wolf Ridge and Innovation Hall include many wonderful amenities listed below.

  • Multiple washers and dryers on every floor
  • Dishwashers in each apartment
  • On-site dining at On The Oval Culinary Creations
  • On-site fitness center with free weights and cardio equipment
  • Full-size beach volleyball court, ping pong table, and VR equipment
  • Dedicated resident parking and a WolfLine bus stop right behind the building

I find it fascinating to learn about new things and innovative ideas, and I feel that the people in AEV very much have this mindset!

Katie Nelson

Albright Entrepreneurship Villager

How to Join

Applications for the Albright Entrepreneurs Village open in early spring during housing selection for fall move-in. Schedule a meeting with us to learn more about the Village experience, tour a sample apartment or discuss availability options.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION
  • Currently have and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA
  • Have no active or pending conduct or academic integrity cases
  • Be eligible to live in Wolf Ridge Apartments (Transfer, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate)
  • Applications for Wolf Ridge Apartments and the Village may be accessed through MyPack Portal.

Spots fill up quickly so be sure to apply or make contact with the village director as soon as possible!

History of the AEV

Andy Albright, the co-founder and president/CEO of National Agents Alliance (NAA), and his wife Jane made a $5,000,000 gift to establish the Albright Entrepreneurs Village on Centennial Campus for student entrepreneurs. The Albright’s gift marks the first-named living and learning village at the university.

Get In Touch

Whether you want to learn more about the village, ask questions about the application process or want to chat about partnerships – we’re here for you!

Haley Huie

Director of Experiential Learning and Albright Entrepreneurship Village

🚨Entrepreneurship Student Takeover🚨

Kai Bele (@kaibele) is a sophomore studying business administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship at @ncstatepoole. He is a resident at the Albright Entrepreneurs Village and an Entrepreneurship Student Ambassador. 

He is taking over our Instagram story to show you around the Albright Entrepreneurs Village and the Entrepreneurship Garage. 

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Back in 2016, Andy Albright (@andysalbright) and his wife, Jane, made an investment in entrepreneurship at @ncstate with a generous $5 million dollar donation that allowed us to build the Albright Entrepreneurs Village on Centennial Campus. 

As an NC State alum, from @ncstatewilson, Andy wanted to give students the opportunity to make a big change in the world. 

Five years later, the Albright Entrepreneurs Village is booming with fun activities and lots of traditions it is the place to live on campus. You can apply now to live in the AEV next year with the link in our bio.

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"When I committed to my study abroad semester in the US, I had no idea what to expect. I didn't know what the Albright Entrepreneurs Village was or how big the entrepreneurial community at NC State would be. Coming here from one of the smallest countries in Europe, everything was on a new scale. It was all the more surprising how welcoming the whole community was.

In the few weeks I was able to spend here at NC State, I met so many people from all over the world. Every single person I spoke to had a different background and different goals and ambitions in life. Everyone was open to sharing their story and helping each other along the way. The support you get in this community is just incredible." 

#FacesofthePack Meet Noah Gassner (@noahgassner), an exchange student studying Aerospace Engineering at @ncstateengr. He is also a member of the #AlbrightVillage!
It seems fitting that the last #MentorshipMeetup of the semester falls during #GlobalEntrepreneurshipWeek! Join us on Nov. 11 at 6 pm for free food, drinks and fun at @revgennc on Hillsborough St.

If you are an @ncstate student looking to start your own business or you want to expand your network for whatever your future holds, the Entrepreneurship Mentorship Meetup is the place for you!

Here you can learn more about entrepreneurship, meet your peers and gain knowledge from our experience mentors. 

We host this event in partnership with @ncstateeclinic!

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There is no doubt that taking the dive into entrepreneurship can be intimidating. Getting resources and insight from other people can be so helpful! 

Haley Huie, the Director of Experiential Learning and the Albright Entrepreneurs Village, gave us some recommendations to share with you. 🚀

Check out the article with the link in our bio. 

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"When I came to NC State I knew what I wanted to major in, or so I thought. After changing my mind six times, I found myself joining Mechanical Engineering which led me to join Pack Motorsports my sophomore year. Pack Motorsports involves designing, building and competing with a mini-baja car. I learned all about 3D design, manufacturing and teamwork. The hard and soft skills I have learned paved the way to several job opportunities.

A year later I stumbled upon the Entrepreneurship Program. I was off to a slow start getting involved but decided to go on a spring break trip to Boston with the Village. We visited Entrepreneurship Programs at Boston College and MIT while also hearing from an entrepreneur at a local coffee shop and the founder of CarGurus.

This trip kicked off COVID-19 where I started selling homemade blankets to make a little money, and since coming back to school I have loved supporting local, attending Entrepalooza, and even entering the Energy Pitch Competition. While I don’t currently have my own venture, I know the experience I’ve gained at NC State will help me get started because I do see myself being an entrepreneur someday. For now, I’ll continue to open myself up to opportunities along the way."

#FacesofthePack Meet Katie Nelson (@katie._.nelson), a senior studying Mechnical Engineering at @ncstateengr. Katie is also a part of the #AlbrightVillage!
Are you planning your spring schedule? Have you considered taking an entrepreneurship course? 

Entrepreneurship courses at @ncstate help students build an entrepreneurial growth-mindset through classroom engagement that is beneficial for students looking to start their own business OR work in big company! 

Students can take courses by themselves or participate in one of the many major, minor or certificate options available at NC State!

Learn more with the academics link in bio!

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"Coming from a family that has struggled to find its place in the world I came to NC State to truly learn about who I wanted to be going forward. In doing so my original goal was to find a way to use my college experience to springboard myself into my future endeavors and to focus solely on getting my degree and nothing else.
 
However, when I made the decision to join the AEV and pursue a degree in entrepreneurship, I learned of a place where I could express my ideas and creativity and have a family of people behind me all willing to help further achieve my goals. From learning from mentors to connecting with graduates that are farther down the walk of being entrepreneurs than I am it’s been an eye-opening experience for me to be here at this time.

Being part of it has made me focus more on learning about how I can work to change the future and help this generation of students survive and grow and not worry about their future."

#FacesofthePack Meet Kai Bele (@kaibele), a sophomore studying business administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship at @ncstatepoole. Kai is also a #AlbrightVillage resident and an Entrepreneurship Ambassador!
Hey @ncstate  students!! Have you found your pack yet? 🐺 Be sure to check out the Entrepreneurship Garage! 

We welcome students from all over campus and foster innovation, entrepreneurship and growth mindsets! 

Join us today with the link in our bio.

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I’ve been through a lot of trauma in my life which has shaped me into the person that I am today. In high school, I learned to take action and be decisive. You never know when things may change, so be prepared to seize any opportunity that presents itself. I think that’s how I found a passion for entrepreneurship. I’m a problem-solver at heart: someone who wants to create change, provide opportunities, and serve as many people as possible. 

At NC State, I’ve found value by serving others in the entrepreneurship community. This year, I am a mentor in the Albright Entrepreneurs Village. My goal is to connect students with resources and alumni entrepreneurs in our community. Understanding others’ experiences and seeking the advice of other successful entrepreneurs has been immensely valuable for me, and I hope to create that same opportunity for others on campus and in the village. 

I have used these connections and skills to create my own venture: Nova Digital Strategy (@novadigitalstrategy). Through Nova, I’ve fostered a passion for business development and strategy while learning about startup culture. I love leading projects and eventually want to create a consulting agency catered towards small businesses. I plan to use my experiences and connections at NC State to build out that business. 

#FacesofthePack Meet Ryan Scott (@scyan__), a junior studying business administration  at @ncstatepoole. He is also a #AlbrightVillage resident and mentor.
The @techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator has launched their second class AND one of @ncstate's very own, @fluxhybrids, has been selected to be a part. 

Micah Ulrich and his team will receive seed investment, mentorship and business coaching through Techstar's network. We are so proud of them and cannot wait to see how far they go! 

Link in bio to learn more!

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#DidYouKnow that with every new month we release a new #DesignSeriesChallenge? Keep your eyes peeled for the newest challenge! 

🔗Link in bio. 

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Do you have a good idea? Do you need $1,000 to get it off the ground? 

Enter to compete in the Minute to Pitch It contest at #Entrepalooza. 🎪

Selected participants will pitch in front of a live audience during the festival in order to compete for both an audience and judges' choice award. That’s over $2k in cash prizes! 💰

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#DidYouKnow that there is a Living Learning Village for entrepreneurs at @ncstate? It is open for sophomores and above. Students are immersed in a growth mindset community that offers classes, events and trips. 

Learn more with the link in our bio. 

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We're willing to trade this heat for some snow right now! 🥵❄️

Which do you prefer the hot or cold? 

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