We Called. And WOW Did You Respond

November 1, 2018 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – November 1, 2018 In our last newsletter, I shared with readers our intention to work with North Carolina Community Colleges, CDFIs and other groups to offer a powerful entrepreneurial mindset program statewide, known as the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program (IHEP). We asked if there was interest in broadly sharing this program….Read More

State of Mind(set)

October 19, 2018 by Andrea Cook

  NC IDEA Newsletter – October 18, 2018 Over the last dozen years, I have worked for and with organizations that were building entrepreneurial ecosystems and generally helping individuals pursuing their ambition to launch and grow companies. From my work within the United States, I noticed two institutions that were significantly underappreciated for the work…Read More

Newsletter: The North Carolina Way

September 20, 2018 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – September 20, 2018 Once again, North Carolina has endured a devastating weather event. And once again, before Florence even left the range of our radar images, North Carolinians rallied to help one another. Across the state, friends, family, and neighbors are looking after loved ones, as well as complete strangers. It…Read More

Welcome to our First Fall 2018 Cohort of NC IDEA LABS

September 19, 2018 by Andrea Cook

Welcome to our first Fall 2018 Cohort of NC IDEA LABS. Learn more about these ambitious startups below. Aden MediaLabs Aden MediaLabs is a cable TV service serving young adults with curated, high-quality channels focused on a low-cost, lean-back viewing experience and providing content programmers a sustainable, data-driven business model. Built Story Built Story is…Read More

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Newsletter: Turning Competition Into Collaboration

September 6, 2018 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – September 6, 2018 In a couple of weeks, we will be announcing our second cohort of NC IDEA ECOSYSTEM partners. A new group of organizations doing some innovative and creative things around the state will join our first cohort of 11 partners, making our collective group stronger and more impactful. Over the past…Read More

Turning Competition into Collaboration

September 6, 2018 by Andrea Cook

“Coming together is the beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”                                                                                                             –Edward Everett Hale   It’s February 1992. Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill are playing what feels like a never-ending game packed with suspense and agony. There’s almost no time left on the clock, and the score is neck and neck. The audience…Read More

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NC IDEA SEED: Seeking High-Potential Startups

August 23, 2018 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – August 23, 2018 Over the last twelve years, NC IDEA has awarded over $5.6M in non-dilutive grants to 132 growth-oriented companies across North Carolina through its NC IDEA SEED grant program. Our current Fall 2018 grant cycle is underway and our final deadline is in just over two weeks.Now in its 26th cycle, NC IDEA SEED…Read More