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NC IDEA Expands Team

May 2, 2017 by Thom 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 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 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 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 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

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A Look Back and Ahead

December 21, 2016 by Thom Ruhe

As we close the books on 2016 at the NC IDEA Foundation, I thought it would be appropriate to offer a review of the year, and look ahead for 2017. With a mandate to build upon our work to serve the entrepreneurs of North Carolina, we launched a new grant program affectionately called the Ecosystem…Read More