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Sandbar Oyster Company Case Study

August 30, 2017 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA SEED Grant Recipient, Sandbar Oyster Company, shares its vision on restoring shorelines.

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iScribes Case Study

August 30, 2017 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA LABS (formerly Groundwork Labs) Alumni, Jared Pelo of iScribes, shares how NC IDEA LABS helped him in his entrepreneurial journey.

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And They’re Off: Introducing Groundwork Labs’ Newest Alums

August 29, 2017 by Andrea Cook

The Summer 2017 cohort of Groundwork Labs was our largest ever with fifteen startup teams participating. The cohort began in early June and wrapped up last week after completing 10 weeks of customer interviews and meeting with dozens of NC IDEA’s network of expert speakers and gurus to accelerate their business. This large cohort brought a variety of…Read More

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NC IDEA Hits the Road Ahead of Fall Seed Grant Cycle

August 9, 2017 by Thom Ruhe

That Time of Year As hot summer days give way to cooler evenings and the beginning of football season, it must mean that we are rapidly approaching the Fall Seed Grant Cycle for NC IDEA! In advance of this cycle, we are taking to the road to share details of the program that makes $50,000…Read More

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New Faces from New Places

July 18, 2017 by Thom 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 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