"Completing LABS accelerated our release of an MVP by several months and led to the acquisition of our first three customers. A one month investment in LABS likely shaved 5-6 months off of our growth timeline."
Meghan Corroon, CEO & Founder, Lumen Design Group

You have a great idea

Our four-week LABS program helps entrepreneurs refine their business model and learn more about their customers.

An intensive four-week program, NC IDEA LABS helps entrepreneurs take their first steps toward building a successful company. The program guides entrepreneurs through the process of identifying and targeting customers, then validating product/market fit. Entrepreneurs spend much of the time communicating directly with potential customers, gathering feedback and assessing demand.

Since its founding in 2012, more than 220 companies have participated, and NC IDEA LABS has established itself as the premier program of its kind in North Carolina. View upcoming dates and deadlines here.

We will be piloting a new format for our LABS program in August and will not have a public application at this time. If you are interested in being added to a wait list should any spots open, please email programs@ncidea.org.

Program Details

NC IDEA LABS helps entrepreneurs take the first steps in building a successful company.

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Eligibility Criteria

Companies must meet certain criteria in order to be considered for NC IDEA LABS.

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Meet the Companies

Meet the LABS teams to learn more about the companies that have been through the program

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