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Venture Innovation Partner (VIP) Services

The Venture Innovation Partner (VIP) Program at NC State was designed specifically to match qualified and interested strategic partners, investors, and serial entrepreneurs to NC State startup companies. The VIP Program is managed by the Venture Development team and is made available to potential VIPs by invitation only.  NC State VIPs come from alumni, serial entrepreneurs, business executives, professional service providers and investors and we rely heavily on recommendations from our existing group of VIPs for others to join.

If you are interested in becoming a VIP, please email Wade Fulghum.

Once a VIP has registered through the VIP Portal he/she will see a list of top matched startups based on their stage of growth, top needs, and industry.  The VIP will see the matching categories, be able to read a short description about the company, and have one click access to the companies website and CEO.

NC State University Resources

The NC State Alumni Entrepreneurs Network mission is to improve entrepreneurship within the business and academic communities by fostering collaboration between alumni entrepreneurs, NC State and students. We believe there is incredible value in pairing together the new business founder, the seasoned entrepreneur and NC State.  The Alumni Entrepreneurs is an organization for current or previous business founders looking to become more involved with entrepreneurship at NC State.

The NC State Poole College of Management Entrepreneurship Clinic operates the eClinic, which is located in HQ Raleigh and a co-working space in downtown Raleigh that is home to a growing community of entrepreneurs. Inspired by the hospital teaching model that integrates research, teaching and real world experience, the eClinic is embedding entrepreneurship students in the entrepreneurial community and engaging them in experiential learning. Aided by their faculty members, the students will provide consulting services to area startups and fuel new applied research in entrepreneurship and commercialization.

Additional Resources – Videos

Additional Resources – Web Links

How a Little Mentorship, Teamwork and 54 Hours Can Turn an Idea into Startup Magic

Additional Resources – Books

Triangle Innovation and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Resources

The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), the largest and oldest entrepreneurial support organization in the country offers their CED Venture Mentoring Service (VMS) (licensed from MIT since 2011) : Matching entrepreneurs with skilled, experienced professionals for ongoing mentoring. Scale your venture and create concrete actions plans, a free program where applications are accepted monthly.

We engage with the Blackstone Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIRs) to work one-on-one with NC State startups. Their team of 15 EIRs are founders of 23 companies who collectively raised $750M with exit values of more than $4B.  Blackstone EIRs also work with our companies in a team setting to provide feedback and guidance on business development, marketing, and financial strategy, and to identify potential funding opportunities within their network.