John and Lauren’s Excellent Adventure

February 22, 2018 by Andrea Cook

Road Trip! There are a bunch of great road trip movies – this one won’t make you laugh as much as National Lampoon’s Vacation or Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, but let’s call it John and Lauren Go to Lawndale, NC. Spoiler alert: we are energized by the interesting startups, spaces and programs that are thriving between…Read More

Allstacks Heads to Techstars Austin

January 25, 2018 by Andrea Cook

January 25, 2018 Allstacks, an NC IDEA LABS alumni and NC IDEA SEED grant recipient, is back in class at Techstars Austin for the next 13 weeks. Chosen from a pool of over 1,000 applicants, Allstacks joins nine other companies in Techstars Austin’s sixth accelerator class in their new downtown space. The companies will benefit…Read More

Buy Local from NC Entrepreneurs This Holiday Season

December 8, 2017 by Andrea Cook

You’ve made your list and you’re checking it twice. Or maybe you’re still trying to find that perfect gift for that special someone. We here at NC IDEA have some recommendations for your holiday shopping list from companies right here in the great state of North Carolina. We are proud to have supported these companies…Read More

NC IDEA LABS: Small Steps, Big Potential

October 19, 2017 by Andrea Cook

Application Open for NC IDEA LABS Apply today to be in the January cohort of NC IDEA LABS. NC IDEA LABS has established itself as the premier program of its kind in North Carolina. More than 140 companies and 250 founders have participated. Nearly half of these companies are still operating today; 30 have raised more than…Read More


Are You Ready to Quit Your Day Job?

October 5, 2017 by Andrea Cook

Application Deadline in 4 Days, Apply By 5PM on 10/9! Lite   The objective is to help participants in eight weeks (four sessions) decide if their idea is solid enough so that they can quit their day job to pursue it, or figure out that it is not. NC IDEA LABS Lite meets every other week for eight weeks. If you…Read More

Case Study

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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Work on Your Startup After Hours

February 7, 2017 by John Austin

  Decide in 8 weeks to keep your day job or turn in your resignation letter. Groundwork Labs After Hours NC IDEA will have our third After Hours session of Groundwork Labs. After Hours is a mini, “weekend MBA” version of Groundwork – 4 evening sessions spread over 8 weeks.  We’re targeting folks who have…Read More