The IP-free Zone for NC State Student Entrepreneurs


The Garage is our business creation and prototyping space for students who have a passion for entrepreneurship. It provides a common space for students from all academic disciplines to develop new ideas and work on entrepreneurial endeavors.

In addition to serving as a physical space for entrepreneurs to develop, create and invent, the Garage offers programmatic resources like community office hours and pop-up discussions that focus on entrepreneurial-themed topics. Members have access to hundreds of entrepreneurial-minded peers, which makes networking and relationship-building easy. The Garage’s designation as an IP-free zone sets the tone for a collaborative, communal environment that encourages creativity and free-thinking.

Students seeking access to the Garage must complete and application to the NC State Entrepreneurship Initiative (EI). You will be contacted by the EI Garage Manager regarding your application to schedule a required orientation, where you will receive important information about safety requirements and expectations followed by a tour of the facility. Once you have attended orientation, you will receive 24/7 access to the Garage space.

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The NC State Entrepreneurship Initiative (EI) is open to all currently enrolled students who are in good academic and conduct standing with the university.


Wide Range of Equipment

  • VLS 6.60 Laser Table
  • Afinia 3d Printer, Rapid Prototyping Machine
  • Fusion 3d Printer, Rapid Prototyping Machine
  • Shopbot CNC Machine
  • Sewing Machine
  • DeWALT Power Tools
  • Solder Station

We also offer equipment trainings twice a week. See all upcoming trainings below.


Comfortable Lounge Areas

Our lounge areas provide students with comfortable spaces to work on their ventures. A communal kitchen ups the convenience factor.

Professional Conference Room

A conference room located in the green suite is available for student reservation. Important client meeting? Pitching to an investor? The conference room has everything you need for a professional business meeting, including teleconferencing capabilities.


Large Classroom Space

The multipurpose room is a large classroom space available for reservation. The space holds many of the EI events, including Pop-Up Lunch & Learns, workshops, Create-a-thons and more. Garage members may reserve this space for events with more than 20 people. 


Let us Help

Our staff is made up of 6 full-time staff, each with a unique background and skill set. Our staff is here to assist you in developing your entrepreneurial ideas. Have questions? Let us help!

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