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Newsletter: Six NC Startups Take Us Over $6M in SEED Grants

May 10, 2019 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – May 10, 2019 Subscribe Now This week’s SEED grant announcement, 6 companies each receiving $50,000 grants, was a milestone for NC IDEA. Specifically, it brought our total funding for that program to over $6,000,000 since its inception. Again, congrats to ChurchLEARN (Vilas, NC), Devil’s Foot Beverage Company (Asheville, NC), FeedStation (Chapel Hill,…Read More


Newsletter: Introducing Our Spring 2019 MICRO (but Mighty) Grant Recipients

April 29, 2019 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – April 29, 2019 Subscribe Now Congrats to Our 15 NC IDEA MICRO Grant Recipients Congratulations to the 15 North Carolina startups selected as our newest NC IDEA MICRO grant recipients from our Spring 2019 grant cycle. We awarded a total of $150,000 in our second ever grant cycle of NC IDEA MICRO. “This cohort of grant…Read More


Newsletter: Happily ENGAGE-D for Two Years

February 28, 2019 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – February 28, 2019 Subscribe Now NC IDEA is celebrating the two-year anniversary of the first NC IDEA ENGAGE grant this month. After our first cohort of ECOSYSTEM grants were awarded in 2016, we saw the need in the ecosystem for broad community building and support for entrepreneurship across the state. Thus,…Read More


A Modernized Greenhouse Incubator

February 25, 2019 by Andrea Cook

When the term “incubator” is mentioned in the startup world, a modernized Greenhouse isn’t exactly what comes to mind. But that’s what Halifax Community College (HCC) proposed when they recently applied for an NC IDEA ENGAGE grant. Halifax Community College has an Agriculture Entrepreneurship Certificate Program that helps students understand the agricultural riches of Eastern…Read More

Congrats to Our First Spring 2019 Cohort of NC IDEA LABS

February 25, 2019 by Andrea Cook

Congratulations to our first Spring 2019 Cohort of NC IDEA LABS. These teams spent a productive four weeks together at the beginning of 2019 and graduated from the program on February 22nd. Learn more about these up and coming startups below. Cotton Locks Cotton Locks is a dancewear and performance wear company focusing directly on…Read More


Newsletter: The Unifying Capacity for Entrepreneurship

February 14, 2019 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – February 14, 2019 Subscribe Now For years we have heard, seen, and felt the tension between our rural and urban communities. That tension has been amplified across political, social, and economic spectrums. You can read great data insights about the economic polarization of our communities in the 2018 release of the…Read More