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Summer’s Here and School’s In Session!

June 8, 2018 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – June 8, 2018 NC IDEA Summer School is now is session! Every Wednesday this summer, NC IDEA will host a free hour-long course for the entrepreneurial community of North Carolina. Sessions will be led by experts from across the ecosystem and will consist of topics ranging from marketing and sales strategy to intellectual property…Read More

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Join Our Team! NC IDEA is Hiring for Two Positions

May 16, 2018 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA is a private foundation supporting entrepreneurial ambition and economic advancement in North Carolina. We fulfill our mission through grant and mentorship programs for entrepreneurs, and through our work with partner organizations who do similar work. Learn more at www.ncidea.org. We are creating and launching new grants and programs targeted at under-resourced North Carolina…Read More


Introducing the Spring 2018 NC IDEA SEED Grant Recipients

May 11, 2018 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – May 11, 2018 Congratulations to the seven North Carolina startups selected as our newest NC IDEA SEED grant recipients from our Spring 2018 grant cycle. The seven grant recipients were chosen from the 12 finalists that had been selected out of the record-breaking 185 submissions. This grant cycle translated to the most geographically diverse…Read More


Introducing Our 2018 NC IDEA SOAR Cohort

April 25, 2018 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – April 25, 2018 Congratulations to the eight female-led startups from across the state participating in our 2018 NC IDEA SOAR cohort. This impressive and geographically diverse group was selected from 25 competitive applications from throughout North Carolina. Anahata Swimwear – Wilmington, NC Healthy Bytes – Winston-Salem, NC MicMag – King, NC…Read More


Small Grants for Big Ideas

April 10, 2018 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – April 10, 2018 As the Foundation’s strategic planning process continues to unfold, we have ambitions to do more with greater impact, specifically, help more North Carolinians start and grow companies. NC IDEA SEED, our $50K seed grant program that has existed since the organization’s inception in 2006, has awarded over $5…Read More


Broadening Reach and Breaking Records

March 22, 2018 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – March 22, 2018 NC IDEA Selects 25 Semi-Finalists from Largest and Most Geographically Diverse NC IDEA SEED Applicant Pool in Foundation’s History NC IDEA SEED’s record-breaking 185 submissions translated to the most geographically diverse applicant pool since the program’s inception, and for the first time, more than half of the submissions (almost 60%) came…Read More