Seeking Applications from Ambitious Founders for Condensed, Online Version of NC IDEA LABS Starting August 6th

 DURHAM, NC – July 30, 2020 – NC IDEA, a private foundation committed to supporting entrepreneurial ambition and economic empowerment in North Carolina, announced today that the organization will be accepting applications for NC IDEA LABS After Hours, an eight-week, evening only, online version of its regular NC IDEA LABS program, starting August 6th.

NC IDEA LABS After Hours targets, but is not limited to, part-time founders exploring an early stage idea that requires additional refinement and insight before a full-time commitment can be made. The content for the LABS After Hours program is very similar to the regular NC IDEA LABS program with changes to accommodate the reduced time commitment that a part-time founder can make. 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 Fall session of LABS After Hours will meet from 6:00PM to 8:00PM on September 29, October 13, October 27 and November 10. The program focuses primarily on customer discovery and lean startup. Outside of the sessions, attendees will spend at least 6 hours per week communicating directly with potential customers, gathering feedback and assessing demand.

Interested applicants may attend a virtual information session on August 17th or visit the LABS After Hours page on our website to learn more. The NC IDEA LABS After Hours application opens on August 6, 2020 and closes September 7, 2020 at 5:00pm EST.

NC IDEA is an independent private foundation committed to empowering North Carolinians to achieve their entrepreneurial potential. Through our powerful combination of competitive grants and programs, and a network of strategic partners, we help entrepreneurs when they need it most. NC IDEA’s resources are highly competitive, enabling the foundation to support North Carolina’s most ambitious entrepreneurs. We believe entrepreneurs transform communities and view our work as a catalyst for positive change. Learn more at