RALEIGH, NC – <Oct 4, 2016> – Lulu, the world’s leading independent publishing company, proudly announces a five-year extension of our partnership with North Carolina State University’s Entrepreneurship Initiative to fund the Lulu eGames through 2020. We’re looking to help students find the world’s next big ideas, to inspire change, and to make a difference.
Lulu is about Big Ideas
“Lulu was founded by entrepreneur Bob Young to remove the barriers that prevented promising new authors from publishing and sharing their knowledge,” said Nigel Lee, Lulu CEO. “Our partnership with NC State is a natural extension of that mission. Who knows how these brilliant young minds, these knowledge entrepreneurs, will change the world when given the opportunity to share their ideas for new products and innovative solutions to real-world problems?”
Last year’s Lulu eGames competition awarded more than $60,000 in cash prizes across five different categories. These inclde the Daugherty Endowment Challenge for companies who have licensed NC State intellectual property. And the B Corp Champions Challenge for students building ventures that use business as a force for social and environmental change. Past winners include Undercover Colors, a startup developing nail products that change color in the presence of date rape drugs; Bee Downtown, a venture that earned one of only four IDEO-backed global fellowships for climate innovators; and
A partnership for the biggest Ideas
“The Lulu eGames provides participants with the opportunity to gain real-world experience in entrepreneurship; build invaluable relationships regionally, nationally and globally; and receive cash awards to help their ventures move forward in a real way,” said Dr. Tom Miller, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Outreach and Entrepreneurship at NC State. “It’s a pleasure to continue this partnership with Lulu, a company that shares NC State’s commitment to cultivating entrepreneurship because of the tremendous impact it has on our world.”
As the eGames sponsor, Lulu will work with teams to develop and present product pitches. We’ll also help with written descriptions to more effectively tell their stories and share their ideas with the world. Through our participation, Lulu hopes to further increase awareness and visibility of the eGames.
When asked about Lulu’s relationship with NC State, Lee responded, “Lulu has always been dedicated to making the world a better place, one story at a time. By continuing our sponsorship of the Lulu eGames, we will add to this legacy one innovative idea, one life-changing product, and one entrepreneur at a time.”