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The Entrepreneurship Initiative (EI) Garage is a business creation and prototyping space for NC State students who have a passion for entrepreneurship. This 5,000 sq. ft. facility, complete with meeting rooms, lounge space, basic laboratory space, a wood working shop, and prototyping area, has all of the resources needed to make your idea a reality. The intent of the Garage is to provide a common space for students to foster new ideas and work on entrepreneurial endeavors. The Garage is part of the Entrepreneurship Initiative and, as such, invites students from all disciplines to participate.
And we’re not talking about your dad’s garage with oil stains on the floor, holiday decorations stacked along the walls, and every bike you’ve had since you were six-years-old piled in the corner.
This garage is just for students like you – NC State students with a passion for entrepreneurship. Students who need to spread out and settle in for a week or a month or a semester. Students who need tools and equipment – and a sofa to crash on. Students who need to meet with potential investors or clients. Students who want to work at 3pm or 3am – or both.
The EI Garage is located in Innovation Hall at Wolf Ridge Apartments on Centennial Campus and is sponsored by the NC State Entrepreneurship Initiative.
“We are eager for students from all over the university to gather here to work, learn and share,” said Dr. Tom Miller, executive director of the Entrepreneurship Initiative. “We want to support these students in becoming North Carolina’s future job creators.”
The Garage includes prototyping studios as well as lounges with sofas, a large multi-purpose area, and conference room. Smaller meeting rooms that can accommodate three to seven people are plentiful, and many have an interactive whiteboards. There are also lockers for storage.
The woodworking shop offers hand tools, cordless power tools, a band saw, a scroll saw, a miter saw, a drill press, and a grinder.
Miguel Rufino, Garage Manager, will be available to answer questions, provide mentoring, and run the daily activities.
Students seeking access need to be aware of the following:
- The person must be a registered student at NC State.
- The student, either individually or in a team, must submit a proposal. Proposals need to be in the spirit of entrepreneurship and new ideas. Ideas, themselves, are unrestricted and left up to the students for interpretation. Proposals will be evaluated based on the team members, the originality of the idea, the impact, and the likelihood of success.
- Preference is given to students who have a background of entrepreneurial interest. That background could include taking entrepreneurial courses or demonstrating a history of entrepreneurship.
- Preference is given to students with a known history of success. Students who have done well in entrepreneurship classes or have demonstrated a “can-do” attitude towards projects will be given more consideration.
- Preference is given to students who are working on their proposals within the context of a class, especially entrepreneurially focused classes.
- All students must fill out a Garage Access application in full.
- Once an application is filled out in full, the Garage committee, in consideration of the above guidelines, makes a final decision.
There is a limit on the total number of students in the Garage, and therefore, space limitations may also affect the decisions