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

Newsletter: The North Carolina Way

September 20, 2018 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – September 20, 2018 Once again, North Carolina has endured a devastating weather event. And once again, before Florence even left the range of our radar images, North Carolinians rallied to help one another. Across the state, friends, family, and neighbors are looking after loved ones, as well as complete strangers. It…Read More

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Newsletter: Turning Competition Into Collaboration

September 6, 2018 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – September 6, 2018 In a couple of weeks, we will be announcing our second cohort of NC IDEA ECOSYSTEM partners. A new group of organizations doing some innovative and creative things around the state will join our first cohort of 11 partners, making our collective group stronger and more impactful. Over the past…Read More

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NC IDEA SEED: Seeking High-Potential Startups

August 23, 2018 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – August 23, 2018 Over the last twelve years, NC IDEA has awarded over $5.6M in non-dilutive grants to 132 growth-oriented companies across North Carolina through its NC IDEA SEED grant program. Our current Fall 2018 grant cycle is underway and our final deadline is in just over two weeks.Now in its 26th cycle, NC IDEA SEED…Read More

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Many Hands Make Light Work: NC IDEA Updates

August 10, 2018 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – August 10, 2018 If many hands make light work, more hands make more work possible – which is why we are adding to our team! Over the last several months, some may have noticed we’ve been busy launching new programs while expanding existing ones. With inspired direction from our board of directors,…Read More

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NC IDEA LABS Fall 2018: What You Need to Know

July 26, 2018 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – July 26, 2016 Announcing NC IDEA LABS Fall 2018 NC IDEA LABS is seeking applications from ambitious entrepreneurs in North Carolina starting July 30! NC IDEA LABS is an intensive four-week program designed to help entrepreneurs take the proper steps to move their companies forward. Through assistance with customer discovery, assumption validation and…Read More

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Expanding Opportunity: The History Lesson You Might Have Missed

July 12, 2018 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – July 12, 2018  Preface by Thom Ruhe Among the things I most enjoy about my job, working with a committed and talented team of people tops the list. Since this week is Black Entrepreneurship Week, I asked our summer Communications Intern, Sloan Hampton Taylor, to draft some background language about the…Read More