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


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


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


Buy Local from NC IDEA Entrepreneurs This Holiday Season

December 8, 2017 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – December 8, 2017 NC IDEA Holiday Gift Guide Still working on your holiday shopping list? Let us help! We’ve curated a gift list from some NC IDEA supported companies for everyone on your list. We are proud to have supported these companies over the years through our various programs including, NC IDEA LABS, NC IDEA SEED, NC…Read More


A Happy Thanksgiving for Six NC Companies

November 20, 2017 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – November 20, 2017 Thanksgiving is a special time of year when many pause to reflect on blessings they have received. For the entrepreneurs we support, appreciation often comes from events that have propelled their companies forward like a key hire, funding event, or strategic new client that provides critical validation of…Read More


We’re Building HQ3

November 3, 2017 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – November 3, 2017 We’re Building HQ3 Forbes recently published that Jeff Bezos is the richest person on the planet; a title he trades with Bill Gates depending upon where markets close on any given day for Amazon and Microsoft stock, respectively.Excluding the inevitable half billion-dollar swings that the uber wealthy must…Read More


NC IDEA LABS: Small Steps, Big Potential

October 19, 2017 by Andrea Cook

NC IDEA Newsletter – October 19, 2017 Application Open for NC IDEA LABS Apply today to be in the January cohort of NC IDEA LABS. NC IDEA LABS has established itself as the premier program of its kind in North Carolina. More than 140 companies and 250 founders have participated. Nearly half of these companies are still…Read More