Collaboration is at the core of the NC State Entrepreneurship Initiative. There are many strong organizations that champion entrepreneurial spirit. Take advantage of the additional resources available.

Council for Entrepreneurial Development

Council for Entrepreneurial Development

The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1984 to identify, enable and promote high-growth, high-impact companies and accelerate the region’s entrepreneurial culture. Headquartered in the Research Triangle Park, CED is the oldest and largest entrepreneurial support organization in the nation with more than 5,000 active members representing over 1,100 companies.

TiE Carolinas

TiE Carolinas

TiE Carolinas is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to foster and support entrepreneurship in the Carolinas. This organization has three objectives: to network and to facilitate networking among members; to foster entrepreneurship and nurture entrepreneurs; and to help membership integrate with the mainstream community.

Stanford Entrepreneurship Network

Stanford Entrepreneurship Network

Serving as a single point of contact for entrepreneurship at Stanford, SEN is a federation of 14 entrepreneurship-related organizations across campus that conduct research, teach and/or provide outreach services. Most of the member organizations serve not just Stanford students, the Stanford community and Silicon Valley, but also other students and members of the entrepreneurial ecosystem worldwide. SEN also serves as a forum for communication and collaboration among its member organizations.


Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC)

The Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is The University of North Carolina’s business and technology extension service. The SBTDC is administered by NC State University on behalf of The University of North Carolina System, and is operated in partnership with the US Small Business Administration. The SBTDC is part of The National Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program, which was founded on the premise of leveraging higher education resources (staff, students, faculty, research) for the benefit of the business community. In North Carolina, the SBTDC provides that vital connection between the multi-campus University system and small to mid-sized businesses across the state.


Industrial Extension Service

The outreach function of NC State University’s College of Engineering, IES helps new businesses grow and good businesses get better. We work with any industry, from the mountains to the coast, and from 1,000 feet underground to 30,000 feet up, and we deliver results in quality, productivity, growth services, safety, and environmental management. In 2007, working with IES typically offered an ROI of $13 for $1.00 spent by our client companies. IES manages the NC State Technology Incubator, a facility housing 30 start-up companies on NC State’s Centennial Campus.



Here, you’ll gain eye-opening insight into yourself, the people surrounding you and the strategies and solutions best suited for you. Along the way, we’ll give you opportunities to expand your social network, learn from thought leaders and find solutions that match your Entrepreneurial DNA.  Take the free BOSI Assessment to discover which of the 4 Entrepreneurial DNAs (Builder, Opportunist, Specialist and Innovator) are present in you. It takes less than 5 minutes to complete, and you’ll receive your BOSI Profile Report instantly.



Entasso is a new talent market platform that enables students to effectively communicate their unique skills to an employer.  By measuring and interpreting your performance in skill- and interest-based apps, Entasso learns about you and connects you to the hiring managers who will value your talents.  You can then build relationships over time with the hiring manager who may be your future boss by joining his or her talent pool, which is the company equivalent of a sport team’s bench.  It’s a place for a company to pool together the talent who are qualified for and interested in a position at their company.  Join talent pools on Entasso to build the relationships that will lead to your next job.


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