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New Faces from New Places

July 18, 2017 by Thom RuheThom Ruhe

NC IDEA announced today the election of Karen LeVert as Board Chair; along with the election of three new directors Peyton Anderson of RTP, Greg Brown of Charlotte and Patti Gillenwater of Raleigh. “The leadership and guidance of our Board enables us to advance the Foundation’s mission and vision,” said Thom Ruhe, President and CEO…Read More

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Making Entrepreneurship Productive Again

June 23, 2017 by Thom RuheThom Ruhe

My friend and brilliant person, Robert E. Litan , recently co-authored a piece in Harvard Business Review reflecting on a thesis first proffered by another brilliant mind, William Baumol, about productive entrepreneurship vs. unproductive entrepreneurship. The article serves as a great reminder to practitioners of economic development that not all entrepreneurship is created equal, or even of…Read More

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Six NC Startups each receive $50k Seed Grant from NC IDEA

May 18, 2017 by Thom RuheThom Ruhe

With every grant cycle we get a snapshot of the entrepreneurial potential within the state of North Carolina, and it is a promising picture. We continue to see bright folks from a variety of fields pursuing ideas of high potential, whilst building the companies that will create tomorrow’s economic prosperity for the state. We constantly…Read More

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NC IDEA Expands Team

May 2, 2017 by Thom RuheThom Ruhe

The NC IDEA Foundation is pleased to announce the latest addition to our team, Natasha Goldstein. As a program Director, Natasha will lead our efforts to address the proven funding gap for female founders, the focus of the SoarTriangle program. She will also shape our thinking and activities on developing a leadership development program intended…Read More

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Congratulations to the Spring 2017 Seed Grant Semi-Finalists!

April 6, 2017 by Thom RuheThom Ruhe

Winter has given way to Spring which means the NC IDEA Foundation is in full bloom application mode. We recently closed applications for our Seed Grant Program, Groundwork Labs Program, and SoarTriangle Program. Per usual, we had robust interest, receiving 173 Seed Grant, 50 Groundwork Labs, and 25 SoarTriangle applications from across the state. From…Read More

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What’s Healthcare Got To Do With It?

March 16, 2017 by Thom RuheThom Ruhe

As the country’s politicians wrangle over a variety of policy priorities, I thought it would be useful to remind our community about a subtle but significant boost entrepreneurs received when the Affordable Care Act was enacted. Whatever you call it (Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, Trumpcare next?), the private market access to healthcare ended a condition…Read More

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February 2017 Newsletter

February 23, 2017 by Thom RuheThom Ruhe

This week, the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers held their annual meeting in Winston-Salem. Hundreds of folks representing family foundations, public charities, donor-advised funds, and private foundations met to discuss common interests, best practices, and emerging issues. Meeting so many highly competent people committing to their professional development by attending such a conference was energizing….Read More

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January 2017 Newsletter

January 19, 2017 by Thom RuheThom Ruhe

Bogie and Bacall, Macaroni and Cheese, Innovation and Entrepreneurship – these pairings have stood the test of time as being great together. In the case of innovation and entrepreneurship, the dynamic is often cast as a hand-in-glove relationship. I like this metaphor because it speaks to the synergy that comes from combining innovation with an…Read More