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Introducing Our NC IDEA LABS 2018 Cohort

February 12, 2018 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – February 12, 2018 Seven startups have been busy at work since early January at NC IDEA LABS, our accelerator-like atmosphere in the heart of downtown Durham. Alongside a team of committed advisors, our mentor-driven program is focused on customer discovery and aims to help founders make better decisions, make those decisions…Read More

10 Hours for $50K? Pretty Good Methinks.

January 26, 2018 by Thom Ruhe

Considering applying to our Fall 2018 NC IDEA SEED grant cycle? The application will be available online now through September 10th at 5:00pm EST. The blog post below was originally published January 26, 2018 during a previous call for applications, but the advice still stands no matter what cycle you apply. ——————————————————————————————– During one of the…Read More


How to Make $5,000 an Hour

January 26, 2018 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – January 26, 2018 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, I…Read More

Allstacks Heads to Techstars Austin

January 25, 2018 by Andrea Cook

January 25, 2018 Allstacks, an NC IDEA LABS alumni and NC IDEA SEED grant recipient, is back in class at Techstars Austin for the next 13 weeks. Chosen from a pool of over 1,000 applicants, Allstacks joins nine other companies in Techstars Austin’s sixth accelerator class in their new downtown space. The companies will benefit…Read More


It’s Application Season at NC IDEA

January 11, 2018 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – January 11, 2018 A new year is underway, and if the first couple of weeks are any indication of what to expect in the months ahead, it is going to be an exciting and busy 2018! It is officially “Application Season” at NC IDEA and we certainly do not lack for…Read More


Your Big Ideas for a Bold New Year

December 21, 2017 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – December 21, 2017 It’s that time of year when organizations send out a corporate version of a family Christmas letter, regaling readers with a highlight reel of accomplishments. And we certainly have been busy this year, a real yeoman’s effort to strengthen North Carolina’s startup ecosystem. If you are curious how…Read More