University Leaders Showcase Entrepreneurship

November 30, 2012

Wake County alumni were treated to a luncheon with Chancellor Randy Woodson where they learned more about NC State’s entrepreneurship efforts.  The Chancellor and Dr. Tom Miller, executive director of the Entrepreneurship Initiative, were both on hand to discuss the university’s commitment to entrepreneurship education.

Calling NC State one of the most entrepreneurial campuses in America, Chancellor Woodson credited Centennial Campus as being a major catalyst.  He went on to explain how the university’s creative approach to partnering with industry led to the launch of 10 new start-ups last year.

Dr. Miller discussed how the Entrepreneurship Initiative fits within the larger goals of the university because of its interdisciplinary nature.   He also talked about plans for the future, which include a living/learning community on Centennial Campus and a Phase II Garage building.

“Entrepreneurship is a contact sport…it’s all about leadership, teamwork, and selling your ideas,” Miller said.  “The Garage is a place for students to engage in entrepreneurship and share ideas.”

Sean Maroni, president of the EI Ambassadors and a student in the College of Engineering, rounded out the conversation by sharing his experience as a student leader in the Entrepreneurship Initiative.  An entrepreneur since childhood, Maroni said he didn’t realize what that really meant until he came to NC State.  Now, his goal as a leader is to make sure that other students find their way to the program.

“What I do know for sure, is that many of our future job creators will have roots in the NC State Entrepreneurship Initiative,” Maroni stated.

The Wake County Alumni Chancellor’s luncheon was held at the Grand Ballroom atop the Capital Club.  The NC State Alumni Association hosted the inaugural event, and more than 100 alumni attended.