Housed in one of the Triangle’s largest co-working hubs, HQ Raleigh, Entrepreneurship Clinicians are immersed in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. HQ Raleigh is home to over 200 new ventures, providing students with a massive startup network.
The Entrepreneurship Clinic integrates research, teaching and real world experience by providing a place where faculty, students and entrepreneurs go to teach, learn and build the next generation of business.
The Entrepreneurship Clinic acts as a classroom for experiential learning and a locus of interaction between the University and area startups. Much like a medical student observing and learning from a surgeon in the operating room, Entrepreneurship Clinicians observe and learn from startup founders.
Students form diverse teams, based on the best mix of strengths, and act as consultants to partner companies. Partner companies, from early stage startups to scaling businesses, apply to the Clinic with specific business issues and needs. Student teams meet with company applicants, evaluate their weaknesses, and develop and execute a strategic action plan to help them solve a specific business need.
By partnering with entrepreneurs who are in the execution phase of their business, students are exposed to real-world application of the concepts they’ve been taught – allowing them to hone their critical thinking skills and gain valuable experience before launching their own concepts or going into the workforce.
The Entrepreneurship Clinic’s mission is to produce the highest quality, entrepreneurial-minded students with the skills to make a big impact. Students graduating with experience in the NC State Entrepreneurship Clinic will leave with an expansive network, hands-on experience and skill development, and better concepts – ultimately making them better entrepreneurs, team-members on startups, or employees for entrepreneurial-minded companies.
To date, 254 Clinicians have worked with over 120 startups logging well over 10,000 hours of work in the entrepreneurial community. During that time, 15 student startups have emerged and are in flight. Through the integration of research, teaching and real world experience, the Entrepreneurship Clinic is making an impact in both the local startup scene and economy.