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Mentors, Money and More

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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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

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Bogie, Bacall and Entrepreneurship?

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

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Thankful for a New Cohort

November 22, 2016 by John Austin

  Gearing Up for Groundwork Labs The first day of Groundwork Labs is like the first day of the baseball season – most every team thinks they have what it will take to be in the World Series – and I think the same, or else they wouldn’t have made it through our selection process….Read More

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One More Poll

November 10, 2016 by Thom Ruhe

At the risk of stating the obvious, one thing this election season demonstrated is that campaigns dominated by attacks and counter claims leave precious little room to discuss issues, policies, and priorities. In my 50 years on earth, I can’t remember an election season more bereft of policy talk. In full disclosure, I am never…Read More

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Finding the Sweet Spot

October 19, 2016 by Thom Ruhe

One of the questions we get most often is: how many companies applied to our latest seed grant cycle? Over the years, the number of applicants per cycle (Fall and Spring) has varied, but is generally trending up. And an upward trend is usually considered a good thing. But we are rethinking the process, including…Read More

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Ec·o·sys·tem

September 28, 2016 by Thom Ruhe

Ecosystem is a term born from the field of biology (Tansley & Clapham) to characterize a community of interacting (biologic) organisms and their physical environment. It has subsequently been coopted by other fields of endeavor, including economic development, frequently invoked to describe the nexus of economic, societal, and political systems (or lack thereof) affecting the…Read More