Social Entrepreneurship Programs

Do you have an idea for positive change?

The Center for Student Leadership, Ethics and Public Services invites passionate students committed to addressing social issues to explore and expand upon their interests through one of these social entrepreneurship programs. CSLEPS currently offers two programs for pitching innovative solutions to emerging social issues. Any individuals or group of students with any level of interest or expertise is encouraged to participate.

Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U)

cgi-u-2017-u-network-sealThe Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), launched in 2007 by President Bill Clinton, engages the next generation of leaders on college campuses worldwide.

The Clinton Global Initiative University convenes students, youth organizations, topic experts and others together annually to discuss, develop, and implement innovative solutions to pressing global issues. This annual national meeting brings together innovators from around the country for workshops, forums, funding opportunities and networking.

Throughout the year and as a prerequisite for attending the meeting, students development a Commitment to Action, a specific plan of action that addresses a pressing challenge on campus, in local communities, or around the world. Commitments to Action should fall under one of the 5 CGI U focus areas:

  • Education
    • Access
    • Improve existing structure
    • Integrate Technology
  • Environment/Climate Change
    • Renewable energy
    • Creating green jobs
    • Sustainability
  • Peace and Human Rights
    • Awareness campaigns
    • Building communities of dialogue
    • Forge long-term solutions
  • Poverty Alleviation
    • Economic empowerment
    • Affordable technology
  • Public Health

NC State University has made a $10,000 commitment to directly support students who wish to participate in the CGI U program through travel scholarships to attend the national conference in the Spring. Students will be eligible to receive up to $3,000 of funding for their proposals after the conference.

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The timeline for the 2017 CGI U program is:

  • December 2nd, 2016: Application Due
  • Mid January 2017: Notification of student application acceptance
  • January: Attend NC State University CGIU delegation meeting
  • March 31- April 1: CGIU Conference
  • Late April: NC State allocates funding to commitments
  • Fall 2017: Progress Report on Commitment

Idea Generation Next – United Way of the Greater Triangle

college-logo_webIdea Generation Next: College Edition is a pitch competition, created to highlight college entrepreneurs who are committed to addressing social issues within their community. The program helps students build skills and networks to turn their ideas into action. Inspiration, creativity, and a touch of competition to showcase the ideas of college-age women and people of color who are underrepresented in the entrepreneurial community. The Triangle, known for its innovative spirit, will thrive as the changing demographics of the region are reflected in its future leaders and innovators.

There is an anticipated 300 Triangle area college students, academic advisors, business and community leaders, along with innovators and entrepreneurs that will participate in the high-energy, interactive pitch competition and the accelerator program that builds upon the skill sets of participants.

The series includes:

On Campus Kickoff Meetings

An interest meeting to introduce students to Idea Generation Next: College Edition, to build a foundation of knowledge for students around some of the largest challenges in the Triangle and to give students information about the upcoming pitch competition.

MLK Day Pitch Competition – January 16, 2017

A speed-mentoring event that brings resources from the Triangle business and entrepreneurial community together with the innovative ideas of students to further develop their concepts. 10 to 20 of the pitches will be selected to move onto an Accelerator program.

Accelerator Program

Taking place throughout Black History month and co-hosted with The Institute (NCIMED), student entrepreneurs will be paired with teams of mentors to help create business plans and hone presentation skills in preparation for the final pitch event.

Final Pitch Day – February 24, 2017

Participants will pitch their final ideas to a panel of judges (entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors) in competition for three prizes will be awarded to the top ideas.

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Campus Resources for Social Entrepreneurship

ICYMI: The Information Session Information 2016


NC State Entrepreneurship Initiative

The Entrepreneurship Initiative at NC State is a campus-wide program that supports entrepreneurship and innovation. The website provides information about upcoming events and resources relevant for entrepreneurs on campus. For more information, visit:




Jennifer Capps | Director of Academic Programs

Entrepreneurship Initiative



Elizabeth Benfield | Social Entrepreneurship Program Manager

Institute of Non-Profits





Brian Mathis | Associate Director

Center for Student Leadership, Ethics & Public Service