Editor’s note: Laura Baverman, editor of ExitEvent, offers a first-hand review at Innovation Hall, a living-learning community for student entrepreneurs. ExitEvent is a news partner of WRAL TechWire.
RALEIGH, N.C. - I won’t lie. Ten years out of college, I’m pretty freaking envious of the new digs, new technology and new features on so many college campuses these days. My only positive memory of my college dorm’s basement was the free ice cream during exam week.
At N.C. State’s new Innovation Hall at Wolf Ridge Apartments on Centennial Campus, smart and eager young people can quite literally start businesses and build products in theirs. At their disposal are MakerBots and laser cutters, iPads and smart whiteboards and they can fix up meals in state-of-the-art kitchens while they work. Breaks can be taken on a sand volleyball court on the quad. Experienced entrepreneurs and mentors will roam the halls providing advice and assistance.
I’ll get over my jealousy. But what I can’t get over are the 225 student-members of The EI Garage, a tiny makerspace started on Centennial Campus in 2010 and now doubling in size this summer with the grand opening of Innovation Hall. Besides the Garage, the new hall offers a living and learning apartment community (called the Andy and Jane Albright Entrepreneurs Living and Learning Village) for student entrepreneurs and holds the new headquarters of the campus-wide Entrepreneurship Initiative.
The full post can be read at ExitEvent.