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Small Grants for Big Ideas

April 10, 2018 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – April 10, 2018 As the Foundation’s strategic planning process continues to unfold, we have ambitions to do more with greater impact, specifically, help more North Carolinians start and grow companies. NC IDEA SEED, our $50K seed grant program that has existed since the organization’s inception in 2006, has awarded over $5…Read More

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Broadening Reach and Breaking Records

March 22, 2018 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – March 22, 2018 NC IDEA Selects 25 Semi-Finalists from Largest and Most Geographically Diverse NC IDEA SEED Applicant Pool in Foundation’s History NC IDEA SEED’s record-breaking 185 submissions translated to the most geographically diverse applicant pool since the program’s inception, and for the first time, more than half of the submissions (almost 60%) came…Read More

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I was surprised, and I do this for a living

March 9, 2018 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – March 9, 2018 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…Read More

John and Lauren’s Excellent Adventure

February 22, 2018 by Andrea Cook

Road Trip! There are a bunch of great road trip movies – this one won’t make you laugh as much as National Lampoon’s Vacation or Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, but let’s call it John and Lauren Go to Lawndale, NC. Spoiler alert: we are energized by the interesting startups, spaces and programs that are thriving between…Read More

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NC IDEA’s Excellent Adventure

February 22, 2018 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – February 22, 2018 Road Trip! There are a bunch of great road trip movies – this one won’t make you laugh as much as National Lampoon’s Vacation or Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, but let’s call it John and Lauren Go to Lawndale, NC. Spoiler alert: we are energized…Read More

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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