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Opportunity Zones

July 30, 2018 by Andrea Cook

I have heard a few mentions of “Opportunity Zones” over the last few months, but didn’t pay much attention – I was thinking “yet another tax incentive that’s probably too restrictive to bother with”. Last week, they came up in two separate meetings (where we learned the details), and recently Fred Wilson wrote about them…Read More

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NC IDEA LABS Fall 2018: What You Need to Know

July 26, 2018 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – July 26, 2016 Announcing NC IDEA LABS Fall 2018 NC IDEA LABS is seeking applications from ambitious entrepreneurs in North Carolina starting July 30! NC IDEA LABS is an intensive four-week program designed to help entrepreneurs take the proper steps to move their companies forward. Through assistance with customer discovery, assumption validation and…Read More

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Expanding Opportunity: The History Lesson You Might Have Missed

July 12, 2018 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – July 12, 2018  Preface by Thom Ruhe Among the things I most enjoy about my job, working with a committed and talented team of people tops the list. Since this week is Black Entrepreneurship Week, I asked our summer Communications Intern, Sloan Hampton Taylor, to draft some background language about the…Read More

NC IDEAs That’ll Launch You Into Summer!

July 3, 2018 by Sloan Taylor

The wind carries faint aromas of hamburgers on the grill, and the sound of firecrackers striking the pavement fills the air. Fireflies riding the lofty breeze illuminate the night, making it apparent that summer has officially begun. Family vacations, pool parties and evening barbecues are underway, and with the Fourth of July holiday quickly approaching,…Read More

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Seeking Partners for Second Iteration of NC IDEA ECOSYSTEM Grant

June 27, 2018 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – June 27, 2018 As a son of immigrants, the uniquely American holidays were revered growing up; namely, Thanksgiving and Independence Day. Thanksgiving was particularly sacrosanct for being a time to be thankful for the opportunity to pursue the American Dream, while also remembering that the founding of our nation was accomplished…Read More

A Trip to Boone

June 11, 2018 by Andrea Cook

Back in February, my colleague Lauren McCullough and I visited entrepreneurs in Winston-Salem, Charlotte and Asheville (you can read about our adventure here). A couple of weeks ago, I hit the road again and spent some time learning about the startup ecosystem in Boone, NC. Over the last 30 years, I’ve spent lots of time…Read More