NC IDEA LABS

No Engineering Skills Required: Effective Customer Interviews

December 11, 2018 by Andrea Cook

So, you want to start a company? I know, I know. Your idea is innovative, unique and must exist in the world. Your target market is huge, your customers are ready and your growth projections, well they are conservative. Maybe you have even talked to potential customers, asking “if you had it, would you buy…Read More

NC IDEA 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

November 30, 2018 by Andrea Cook

  You’ve made your list and you’re checking it twice. Or maybe you’re still trying to find that perfect gift for that special someone. NC IDEA has compiled its 2nd Annual Holiday Gift Guide to help free up some time and make your shopping stress-free … all while supporting North Carolina born and bred products from…Read More

The Hustle and Bustle of Entrepreneurship

November 30, 2018 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – November 30, 2018   Entrepreneurs hustle all year long, but December brings an added busyness to us all; events to attend, family and friends to entertain, gifts to buy, lists to check (and check twice) and so on. Things are not slowing down at NC IDEA either! We have a number…Read More

Thankful for the Privilege

November 15, 2018 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – November 15, 2018 Next week we will reflect upon the things in our lives for which we are thankful. It is my favorite time of year, with no disrespect intended to the holidays that closely follow. I enjoy Thanksgiving for many reasons, not the least of which being that it provides…Read More

We Called. And WOW Did You Respond

November 1, 2018 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – November 1, 2018 In our last newsletter, I shared with readers our intention to work with North Carolina Community Colleges, CDFIs and other groups to offer a powerful entrepreneurial mindset program statewide, known as the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program (IHEP). We asked if there was interest in broadly sharing this program….Read More

State of Mind(set)

October 19, 2018 by Andrea Cook

  NC IDEA Newsletter – October 18, 2018 Over the last dozen years, I have worked for and with organizations that were building entrepreneurial ecosystems and generally helping individuals pursuing their ambition to launch and grow companies. From my work within the United States, I noticed two institutions that were significantly underappreciated for the work…Read More