Expanding Opportunity: The History Lesson You Might Have Missed

July 12, 2018 by Andrea Cook

 Preface by Thom Ruhe Among the things I most enjoy about my job, working with a committed and talented team of people tops the list. Since this week is Black Entrepreneurship Week, I asked our summer Communications Intern, Sloan Hampton Taylor, to draft some background language about the rich legacy of black entrepreneurship in the…Read More

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Seeking Partners for Second Iteration of NC IDEA ECOSYSTEM Grant

June 27, 2018 by Andrea Cook

As a son of immigrants, the uniquely American holidays were revered growing up; namely, Thanksgiving and Independence Day. Thanksgiving was particularly sacrosanct for being a time to be thankful for the opportunity to pursue the American Dream, while also remembering that the founding of our nation was accomplished by immigrants. Relatedly, we would do well…Read More

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Small Grants for Big Ideas

April 9, 2018 by Andrea Cook

  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 million in grant funding to 125…Read More

Broadening Reach and Breaking Records

March 22, 2018 by Andrea Cook

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 from outside of the Triangle region, with…Read More

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I was surprised, and I do this for a living

March 9, 2018 by Andrea Cook

Last year the bipartisan public policy organization EIG (Economic Innovation Group) published some noteworthy research focusing on geographic economic inequality and the precipitous decline in entrepreneurship; respectively, the Distressed Communities Index (DCI) and Dynamism in Retreat reports. The recent steep decline in business dynamism is alarming. Whereas the annual rate of business closures has remained…Read More

How to Make $5,000 an Hour

January 26, 2018 by Andrea Cook

    View this email in your browser 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,…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

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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