NC State Social Entrepreneurship Initiative

Led by Rich Clerkin Director of the NC State Institute for Non Profits and Elizabeth Benefield Director of NC State’s Social Entrepreneurship Initiative, this project builds off prior Kenan Institute support and is focused on enabling the design and launch of a new social innovation fellows program, and greatly expand experiential and mentoring offerings to both undergraduate and graduate students working on social ventures. Kenan support would be applied to accomplish three specific goals: 1) sustain funding and program support for an annual Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence; 2) continue efforts to build robust learning pathways for students interested in social entrepreneurship through both curricular and co-curricular offerings; and 3) develop new communication tools to help students find and connect campus resources to support new social ventures.

One specific program that will launch in the fall of 2017 with Kenan funding support would be a yearlong fellows program to engage students in cross-disciplinary teams in developing social impact ventures. With the design leadership of its current Social Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Aly Khalifa, the Institute for Non Profits is creating and will offer a dynamic new learning pathway that connects and leverages existing campus and community resources  in social innovation and entrepreneurship. Students will participate in building venture teams, human centered design thinking, community mentoring, pitch competitions and other offerings.