Center of Excellence in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Overview

The Center of Excellence in Entrepreneurship and Innovation is the university’s hub for entrepreneurship and innovation.  Working closely with the university’s eight colleges and the other units of the entrepreneurial ecosystem on campus, it fosters entrepreneurial thinking across the university and combines the innovative ideas and research discoveries from our labs and classrooms with startup support and various business and community partnerships to create entrepreneurial ventures that will improve the quality of life, drive economic development, and make the community more competitive in the global market place.  The Center takes ideas from the lab to the market and from the market to the lab and will position the University as a leader and a destination for entrepreneurship and innovation. 

Vision

The vision of the Center of Excellence in Entrepreneurship and Innovation is to be an impact-focused preeminent center that empowers campus and community entrepreneurs and innovators to bring enterprising solutions to the global marketplace. 

Mission

The mission of the Center of Excellence in Entrepreneurship and Innovation is to unleash innovative multi-disciplinary capabilities to advance entrepreneurship for the community, state, and beyond. 

Center Objectives

  1. Conduct research leading to the development of advanced knowledge, technologies and best practices in entrepreneurship and innovation.
  2. Propose new educational programs and support hiring of faculty with the competencies needed to advance teaching, research, and outreach in entrepreneurship.
  3. Strengthen links and partnerships between the university and the community.
  4. Support the creation of new businesses and high-skill jobs in the region, by emphasizing commercialization of innovations. 

Center’s Strategic Focus

  1. Entrepreneurial Culture and Mindset: Creating a vibrant entrepreneurial culture that will help students and faculty develop the entrepreneurial mindset for generating innovative solutions to real-world problems. 
  2. Exemplary Entrepreneurship Education: Proposing new programs that will enhance the university’s reputation for exemplary entrepreneurship education. 
  3. Cutting-Edge Research: Expanding cutting-edge interdisciplinary research leading to the development of advanced knowledge, new technologies and best practices in entrepreneurship and innovation.
  4. Acceleration and Incubation: Creating the infrastructure and programs to translate innovative ideas and research discoveries into ventures with economic and social impact.
  5. Community and Corporate Engagement: Serving as a resource for entities seeking a mutually beneficial value proposition.

Contact Us 

You can contact us at ceei@ncat.edu . We also encourage you to follow us on social media to stay up to date on our activities. 

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