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 $30 million in equity funding, 17 have been awarded NC IDEA SEED grants and 14 have been accepted into full-time accelerator programs, including Techstars and Healthbox. Read more details about the program here.

NC IDEA LABS works closely with you to iterate your idea and accelerate the development of your company through:

  • Coaching: We have a volunteer network of more than 100 of the best mentors, advisors and speakers who provide hands-on guidance on every aspect of your startup.
  • Community: Every day you will work alongside other outstanding founders and learn from one another, as well as make connections to potential customers, partners and investors. NC IDEA’s network is our most powerful asset.
  • Structure: We help you focus your energies and time on the most important actions necessary to accomplish your next company goal.

Ready to apply? Submit your application by 5PM EST on October 30th. APPLY NOW!


First Cohort of NC IDEA LEAD Announced 

NC IDEA has partnered with the NextGen Center in Durham, NC to provide personalized training for ten founders and executives of high-potential, high-growth companies. The program focuses on improving problem-solving and strategy development, increasing the participant’s ability to lead others toward company goals, building effective communication competencies and developing other skills that are essential for emerging North Carolina CxO’s anticipating significant near-term growth.

The selected program participants for the first cohort of NC IDEA LEAD include:

  • David Barron – CEO, Nugget Comfort
  • Jamelle Eugene – CEO, Gryppers, Inc.
  • Helen Fuller – CEO & Co-Founder, EduLync
  • Shawn Gagne – Founder & CEO, Urban Offsets
  • Ryan Gessner – CEO, Founder – SonoVol, Inc.
  • Sarah Glova – President, Reify Media
  • Chris Lorkowski – CEO, BruVue
  • Braden Rawls – CEO, Vital Plan
  • Justin Rothwell – CEO & Co-Founder, ProAxion
  • Monica Wood – Co-Founder & CEO, Myxx, Inc.

Candidates for NC IDEA LEAD were nominated by NC IDEA ECOSYSTEM Partners, local investors and other friends of the Foundation. There is currently no outside solicitation for applications.

Posted by Director, Andrea Cook
October 19, 2017