NC IDEA Newsletter – April 25, 2018

Congratulations to the eight female-led startups from across the state participating in our 2018 NC IDEA SOAR cohort. This impressive and geographically diverse group was selected from 25 competitive applications from throughout North Carolina.
“We are encouraged to work alongside this group of female-led startups that are poised to quickly grow and position themselves to raise funding in the next year or so. These promising ventures were selected from a competitive applicant pool reflecting the geographic diversity we have been seeing in other Foundation programs.”
-Thom Ruhe, President and CEO of NC IDEA
Read the full announcement here.

Opportunity for Young, Ambitious Startups
NC IDEA SEED Micro-Grant Pilot Program

Are you (or do you know) a early NC-based startup looking to validate and advance an idea? Could $1K to $10K toward customer discovery, prototype development or marketing activities (and more) make a significant impact in moving the business forward? Beyond the funding, could the startup benefit from mentorship and assistance, as well as access to an expansive network of advisors, partners and investors?

Companies answering yes to any of the above questions, should consider applying to the NC IDEA SEED Micro-Grant Pilot Program, a grant program providing project-based, micro-grants in the amount of $1K to $10K to young companies looking to take their next step. NC IDEA is particularly looking for ideas outside of their historical focus; companies existing in North Carolina’s rural and distressed counties are highly encouraged to apply.

Want to learn more and apply?

Events for Entrepreneurs 

1 Million Cups RTP
9am Every Wednesday at The Frontier in RTP 

Join 1 Million Cups every Wednesday to hear pitches from local entrepreneurs and engage with others in the entrepreneurial community. Based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation developed 1 Million Cups in 2012—a free program designed to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs with their communities. 1 Million Cups is now in more than 160 communities across the country. Learn more. 


Charlotte Venture Challenge
Tuesday, May 1st 

The 2018 Charlotte Venture Challenge will showcase UNC Charlotte student ventures, National Science Foundation I-Corps ventures from area universities, and Charlotte metro NC IDEA Ventureprise Launch participants. Showcase participants will have the opportunity to present to potential corporate customers and investors as well as the opportunity to receive cash awards. RSVP here. 


LaunchBio Durham Presents Larger Than Life Science
Thursday, May 3rd 4PM-7PM
This month’s theme is: Best Kept Secrets.

Join LaunchBio as they share the inside scoop on making an exit, going into clinical trials, growing your business in NC, maximizing your energy and making the most of Durham.

Larger Than Life Science is held in the atrium level of the newly renovated Chesterfield Building in downtown Durham from 4-7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month. Join LaunchBio for an evening of unconventional conversation! Register here.