NC IDEA 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

December 9, 2020 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA 2020 Holiday Gift Guide   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 4th Annual Holiday Gift Guide to help free up some time and make your shopping stress-free … all while supporting North Carolina…Read More


Applicant Advice from Former Grant Recipients

August 18, 2020 by Andrea Cook

As part of each MICRO and SEED grant cycle, NC IDEA typically takes to the road to lead information sessions and answer questions from entrepreneurs across the state. With 15 $10K MICRO grants and 6 $50K SEED grants typically being awarded in each of  the spring and fall cycles, we look forward to meeting with…Read More


Tips for Applying from Past Grantees

August 30, 2019 by Andrea Cook

August 30, 2019 Written by NC IDEA Program Director Amy Bastian In conjunction with our current (Fall 2019) application cycle for NC IDEA MICRO and NC IDEA SEED, we recently wrapped up another round of statewide information sessions. (Friendly Reminder: Grant applications are due by 5:00pm on Monday, September 9, 2019!). By holding these info…Read More

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: 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


Newsletter: 24. But Who’s Counting?

February 1, 2019 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – January 31, 2018 Subscribe Now We are always delighted to see the progress of companies who have been involved in our grants and programs. Last week was no exception when legendary Triangle entrepreneur Scot Wingo (most recently of Spiffy fame) published the 2019 edition of his Tweener List – a list…Read More


Newsletter: Small Steps to Lofty Visions

January 17, 2019 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – January 17, 2019 Subscribe Now We are officially over halfway through the month of January. It is a month many started refreshed and renewed from the holidays, anxious to take on a new year. More than likely, you set some goals for 2019. Some of those goals may be long-term, aggressive…Read More