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Finding the Sweet Spot

October 19, 2016 by Thom Ruhe

One of the questions we get most often is: how many companies applied to our latest seed grant cycle? Over the years, the number of applicants per cycle (Fall and Spring) has varied, but is generally trending up. And an upward trend is usually considered a good thing. But we are rethinking the process, including…Read More

nc idea ecosystem

Ec·o·sys·tem

September 28, 2016 by Thom Ruhe

Ecosystem is a term born from the field of biology (Tansley & Clapham) to characterize a community of interacting (biologic) organisms and their physical environment. It has subsequently been coopted by other fields of endeavor, including economic development, frequently invoked to describe the nexus of economic, societal, and political systems (or lack thereof) affecting the…Read More