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Chancellor Names Innovator and Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winners

Belltower and downtown Raleigh to the east of campus.

NC State has a long history of innovative research — aimed at solving the world’s toughest challenges.

And the way our university’s employees responded to the unique challenges of the past year exemplifies our innovative culture — from the thousands who abruptly pivoted to working remotely, to every researcher who’s shifted focus and pitched in their expertise toward combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, to those who’ve continued to transform technologies into needed products and services by leveraging external partnerships, filing patents or launching new ventures.

Since 1990, NC State has held an annual Celebration of Innovation, awarding an innovator of the year and an entrepreneur of the year. In lieu of the usual celebration and recognition ceremony at The Point, Chancellor Randy Woodson announced the 2020 winners in a virtual-celebration video, which you can watch and read via the link below.