BURLINGTON, N.C. – Andy and Jane Albright will help the Entrepreneurship Initiative (EI) at North Carolina State University and several university dignitaries host the grand opening of Innovation Hall, home to the EI Garage and the Andy and Jane Albright Entrepreneurs Living and Learning Village on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Innovation Hall on Centennial Campus in Raleigh, N.C.
The ceremony officially opens the first Living and Learning Village on Centennial Campus and the first named residential community at N.C. State – the result of a $500,000 gift from Andy Albright, co-founder and president/CEO of National Agents Alliance, and his wife Jane.
Albright Entrepreneurs Village will provide students who have entrepreneurial interests with the opportunity to live, learn, and collaborate with like-minded peers.
“It is an honor to have the Living Learning Village named after us,” said Albright, who earned a textiles degree from N.C. State in 1986. “We both have a heart for helping kids in many areas and this is just another way that we can express our commitment to future generations. From childhood to today, we have both been big fans of N.C. State and this is one way we can continue to show our loyalty to the Wolfpack.”
Entrepreneurship students and alumni will also be on hand in the EI Garage Tuesday to display their latest ventures and products, including a device to aid smoking cessation and a point-of-sale platform that makes donating to local schools and charities easy. The EI Garage is a business creation and prototyping space that has all of the resources students need to turn their ideas into successful start-ups.
“The opening of Innovation Hall is an important next step in creating a pervasive culture of entrepreneurship at N.C. State,” said Dr. Tom Miller, senior vice provost for academic outreach and entrepreneurship at the university. “It’s a collaborative living and working space where student entrepreneurs across the university will develop solutions to problems that affect our world.”
Innovation Hall is located at 381 Initiative Way in Raleigh. Additional information about the grand opening is available at ei.ncsu.edu/grandopening.