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

10 Hours for $50K? Pretty Good Methinks.

January 26, 2018 by Thom Ruhe

During one of the holiday parties I attended last month, I met several university student entrepreneurs dutifully working to turn an idea into a viable company. The ideas were varied, even if their demographics were not; that observation being a subject for another time. During such encounters, I can’t help but ask these aspiring entrepreneurs…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

A Happy Thanksgiving for Six NC Companies

November 20, 2017 by Andrea Cook

Thanksgiving is a special time of year when many pause to reflect on blessings they have received. For the entrepreneurs we support, appreciation often comes from events that have propelled their companies forward like a key hire, funding event, or strategic new client that provides critical validation of their efforts. This season we are giving…Read More


We’re Building HQ3

November 3, 2017 by Andrea Cook

  We’re Building HQ3 Forbes recently published that Jeff Bezos is the richest person on the planet; a title he trades with Bill Gates depending upon where markets close on any given day for Amazon and Microsoft stock, respectively.Excluding the inevitable half billion-dollar swings that the uber wealthy must endure from time to time, suffice…Read More

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NC IDEA Selects 28 Semi-Finalists from Across the State in Fall 2017 Grant Cycle

October 5, 2017 by Andrea Cook

Congratulations to the 28 NC IDEA SEED Semi-Finalists from across the state chosen to move forward in the grant process from 155 competitive applications. The semi-finalists have been invited to submit a full, more detailed proposal by mid-October. Finalists will then be selected to present before a review panel comprised of experienced investors, industry experts…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