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We are a community of learners from every corner of campus, first-year through doctoral, applying our passions to change the world.

What is NC State Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship?

Social innovation and entrepreneurship is the practice of applying problem-solving tools and a creative mindset to bring about a more equitable and just world. We learn skills to become global change leaders, whether as entrepreneurs starting new ventures or social enterprises or those seeking to learn problem-solving skills to impact their communities or existing organizations. 

The NC State campus and surrounding community serve as our vibrant laboratory for social entrepreneurship. Faculty, staff and students from across our diverse university work hand in hand with our area’s brightest entrepreneurs. In this dynamic environment, we teach, mentor and learn from and with each together.

You get to learn by doing, and to work on projects that affect real people, today.

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Jordan Bowman

B.S. Business Administration
Social Innovation Fellow Alumnus

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NC State Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship invites you to get to know the 2023-2024 Social Innovation Fellows and Community Anchors. 

Community Anchor RTI Global Center, is an organization that is committed to dismantling gender inequality and fostering holistic health and wellness for women. Through collaboration, empowerment, and evidence-based approaches, the Center aims to create a world where all women have the knowledge, resources, and support they need to thrive, shaping a future of equality, resilience, and well-being. 

We have also brought back People First Tourism as a Community Anchor this year; they are a socially conscious business born out of sustainable tourism research from NC State University dedicated to combating unsustainable and inhumane tourism practices by promoting responsible and ethical travel experiences. 

Our last Community Anchor is NC State’s Blue Economy Innovation Program, which was designed to mitigate the effects of climate change by focusing on scientific and technological innovations for reducing and stabilizing the levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. 

Click the 🔗 in bio to learn more about the Social Innovation Fellows.
Fellow Spotlight: 

Shaun Deardorff, an entrepreneur and business owner from Durham, North Carolina is a senior in the College of Engineering majoring in Aerospace Engineering and minoring in Business Entrepreneurship, and is heavily involved on campus, serving as a director of the Krispy Kreme Challenge, a principal structures engineer at Liquid Rocketry Lab, University Scholars Program, and ambassadors for the entrepreneurship and MAE department. 

Passionate and driven to help serve others, he is working to extended 5G millimeter wave technology in the US using drones and rovers, and helping to stop rhino poaching in Namibia, using his research with hydrogen fuel cell-equipped Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. 

In the meantime, Shaun is aiming to create a new start-up that is a multi-faceted autonomous AI-driven unmanned aerial vehicle company to help increase humanitarian aid and transport access in remote location to save more lives.

“As part of the Social Innovation Fellows program, I look forward to applying my creative problem solving experience with an skilled interdisciplinary team to develop creative ideas and solutions to help support our community. As the SIF program promotes creativity, innovation, and ideation while placing an emphasis on diversity and cultural differences, I’m excited to help contribute solutions to important issues and tackle growing global challenges.”
Skye Pham, a Social Innovation Fellow of 2 years, has received a Fulbright award to pursue a master's degree in creative sustainability from the School of Chemical Engineering at Aalto University in Finland.
Learn more about her and her journey and read about the Waste Reduction Education project she participated in through the links in bio.