The Office of Innovation Commercialization

Get Involved

The NCEC’s initiatives are 100% reliant on the support of our donors and volunteers.

There are many ways you can support the NCEC.  Many entrepreneurs already volunteer to speak on campus, mentor students and work with student teams on special projects. As we grow our initiatives, we will need even more entrepreneur volunteers. Consider giving your time to grow the next generation of startup founders and volunteer.

All of the NCEC’s funding for programs and operating expenses comes through private contributions and foundation support.  New programs cannot be developed and existing programs cannot grow without significant new sources of funding. For larger gifts, naming rights are available for the Center and individual programs.  Any size gift is greatly appreciated and multi-year pledges help to provide sustainable programs. Every dollar you give goes to grow the next generation of startup founders.

Below is a partial list of current and possible future programs that need external funding support:

Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program – Students matched with entrepreneurs for one-on-one mentoring plus group dinners and networking activities.

Entrepreneurial Journeys Speaker Series  –  Monthly speaker series featuring regional entrepreneurs.

2 Minutes to Win It Idea Pitch Contest – Annual Greensboro-wide student business idea competition.

UNCG Entrepreneur Day – Connecting as many entrepreneurs as we can with students in classrooms during one day.

Forge Makership – Free 1-year membership to the Forge Makerspace in downtown Greensboro awarded to UNCG’s top maker or hacker.

NCEC Global Entrepreneurs Scholarship – To support student international travel as part of global entrepreneurship courses.

Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award Annual scholarship for most entrepreneurial student on campus.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can help support the important work of the NC Entrepreneurship Center, contact Justin Streuli at 336-256-8647 or    You can also make your gift online by following the link HERE.