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


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

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

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A RIoT for the Region

September 21, 2017 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Ecosystem Partner Receives $500,000 U.S. Economic Development Administration Grant RIoT, an NC IDEA Ecosystem Partner, has been leading the charge into the 4th Industrial Revolution, the Internet of Things (IoT), since 2014. Yesterday RIoT was recognized for those efforts by the US Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) award of a three year, $500,000 grant to launch…Read More

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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