Alumnus & entrepreneur Tom Jacobs engages students at HQ Raleigh

A line of students stands next to the HQ Raleigh building, which is a navy brick wall with their white

Campbell’s hands-on learning initiatives often take students to underserved rural areas. But for business students like junior Talen Hurd, downtown Raleigh serves as a classroom where they can connect with entrepreneurs and get real-world experience.

An overhead view of 25 students gathered around Tom Jacobs in the HQ workspace. Hurd first visited HQ Raleigh, a co-working hub for local entrepreneurs, when he took a Campbell Business course there. The University holds certain classes in the HQ space, giving students the opportunity to learn from the Raleigh business community and jumpstart their careers.

Now an active member of the HQ community, Hurd says he finds inspiration in working alongside startup companies.

“Not only can students gain experience by venturing into this world of business, but they have the ability to impact solutions in our society that create meaningful change,” says Hurd. “What stops you today will hold you back tomorrow. Starting now is the only thing that prepares you for what is to come.”     

Side view of students gathered around Tom Jacobs in the brick-and-hardwood of the HQ Raleigh space.

Recently, students and faculty gathered at HQ Raleigh for a reception, where they learned about internship opportunities and spoke with Tom Jacobs, an alumnus and founder of Activent Marketing.

“Raleigh is such a hub of creativity and inspiration,” says Jacobs. “It’s great that the students can get an inside look at how that translates into real-world business and entrepreneurship.”

Instructor and Entrepreneurship Coordinator in the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business, Scott Kelly, believes that working with HQ is an excellent way to teach students best practices of business.

“Campbell students have the best of both worlds,” says Scott. “They can spend time on campus in a safe environment where they can develop purpose, grow skills and make mistakes. Then they can plug into the Raleigh business community through our partnership with HQ Raleigh and gain real-world experience.”

Students who would like to learn more about opportunities at HQ Raleigh can contact Scott Kelly at