NC IDEA LABS After Hours is an eight-week, evening only, online version of our regular NC IDEA LABS program. Just as business schools offer a “weekend MBA” for those working full-time, this program targets (but is not limited to) part-time founders with these two characteristics:

  • An early stage idea that requires additional refinement and insight before a full-time commitment
  • Individuals who have a full-time job and cannot participate in our regular, full-time LABS program


Program Framework

The content for the LABS After Hours program is very similar to the regular NC IDEA LABS program. We have made changes to accommodate the reduced time commitment that a part-time founder can make. The content is spread over 8 weeks instead of 4, and some topics are eliminated.

The objective is to help participants in eight weeks decide if their idea is solid enough that they can quit their day job and pursue it.

The main topics that will be covered are:

  • Customer Discovery – identifying the potential customer’s problem and solution through customer interviews, determining how big of a pain point exists and creating an effective MVP. Attendees will be required to interview 5 potential customers per week
  • Lean Startup and Business Model Canvas

To get the most out of the program, attendees should plan on at least six hours per week outside of the two-hour evening sessions to benefit from the experience. Participants spend this time communicating directly with potential customers, gathering feedback and assessing demand.


Eligibility Criteria

First and foremost, we are looking for ambitious founders and/or teams. Though a majority of participants will begin at an “idea” stage, the impact of the program is not limited to the stage of the company itself. We also look for a unique idea that gives you a competitive advantage in a large market. We do not accept consultancies, retail/small businesses or companies that have limited opportunities to scale.

NC IDEA LABS After Hours is specifically for part-time founders.


Upcoming Dates & Deadlines


August 6 – NC IDEA LABS After Hours Application Opens

August 17 – Info Session via WEBINAR
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September 7 – NC IDEA LABS After Hours Application Deadline
*All applications must be submitted and received by 5:00pm EST – No Exceptions*

September 7 – 13 – NC IDEA LABS After Hours Interviews
*Not all applicants will receive an interview request*

September 18 – NC IDEA LABS After Hours Participants Selected and Notified

September 29 – NC IDEA LABS After Hours Session #1

October 13 – NC IDEA LABS After Hours Session #2

October 27 – NC IDEA LABS After Hours Session #3

November 10 – NC IDEA LABS After Hours Session #4


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