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Living Labs: Transform Universities into Entrepreneurial Hubs

Purposefully network inter-disciplinary students. A second campus is being built at North Carolina State University to provide students with access to 24-hour "garages" and office space to start, and grow, a business on-campus.

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NC State developed it's Centennial Campus in 2000 to act as both a research park as well as a university campus.  The Research Triangle Park located outside of Raleigh, NC has successfully brought several major corporations to the area, providing students at NC State, UNC- Chapel Hill, and Duke University with jobs upon graduation.

When NC State decided to build an extension of RTP on it's campus specifically for student start-ups, they brought together the resource and student populations of the Engineering, Biomedicine, Management, Textiles, Agriculture and Education schools together into one space to increase inter-disciplinary interaction.  Students are given access to garage space, networking opportunities, and university support as they work towards expanding their ideas.  Once an idea has taken off, the campus leases administrative services as well as lab and office space for fledgling companies in the "Technological Incubator".

Participating in Centennial Events was a big part of my NCSU experience.  While I attended the school, I had the opportunity to network with many of the organizations in RTP, as well as meet the successful start-ups renting space in the "Technological Incubator", such as Red Hat.

I think the strongest aspect of the Centennial Campus is that the school is designed to serve a mix of start-ups that represents the campus.  Lab space is equally open to Veterinary Sciences as well as Bleeding Edge Technology, which provides students the opportunity to gain exposure to developments in several industries at one time. 

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For somethiing similar that is exclusively "high tech," the Long Island High Technology Incubator at Stony Brook University was established about the same time as NC Centennial...