North Carolina Central University has received a $50,000 grant from the Kauffman Collegiate Enterprise Network that is to be used for its entrepreneurial program.

The grant was awarded for NCCU to create internships, complete its business plan and development of case studies.

“Receiving this grant speaks volumes about what we’re trying to do in academia and in economic development,” said Dr. H. James Edwards, dean of NCCU’s School of Business, in a statement. “It’s an outstanding opportunity to help improve the entrepreneurial climate.”

The Council for Entrepreneurial Development helped NCCU write its grant proposal through its Community Outreach and Development Committee.

“Under Dr. Williams’ leadership, Central’s business school is executing on its strong vision for the future, and we’re pleased they’ve chosen to work with us on the entrepreneurship plank,” said Donovan Moxey, who chairs CED’s outreach group.

Four other North Carolina universities also received grants through the Kauffman program, which is part of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Duke received $50,000 for internships, field research and social enterprise initiatives.

NC State received $50,000 for awareness development, faculty and curriculum development, and its business plan competition.

UNC Chapel Hill received $50,000 for its venture capital investment competition and Social Entrepreneurship Scholars.

Wake Forest received $47,300 for a new venture capital contest and liberal arts curriculum development.