“The entrepreneurial spirit is rooted in curiosity,” proclaims a mural in the entrance hallway of the Garage, the shared workspace for NC State’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (EI). Since its founding in 2008, the EI has helped thousands of students from all over NC State find outlets for their curiosity and hone their business skills.
“Our mission is to help students turn their entrepreneurial ideas into action,” said Megan Greer, director of communication and outreach for the program. The EI offers a variety of resources to help its nearly 800 member students focus their ideas and passions while connecting with like-minded individuals. Students are exposed to seminars with speakers from the business community, learning trips and tours to hotspots such as Silicon Valley, and annual events like the Lulu eGames startup competition and the Entrepalooza festival to showcase entrepreneurship and innovation.
One of the most valuable resources the EI offers students is 24-hour access to the Garage, its venture creation and prototyping workspace. Located on the first floor of Innovation Hall in the Wolf Ridge apartment complex, the Garage includes small workspaces with specialized equipment such as 3-D printers, sewing machines and a laser cutter, as well as larger rooms that students can use for team meetings and collaboration.
Original story by Christy Sadler