NC IDEA Newsletter – July 26, 2016

Announcing NC IDEA LABS Fall 2018

NC IDEA LABS is seeking applications from ambitious entrepreneurs in North Carolina starting July 30!

NC IDEA LABS is an intensive four-week program designed to help entrepreneurs take the proper steps to move their companies forward. Through assistance with customer discovery, assumption validation and decision-making processes, participants will engage directly with the market to assess customer pains and develop informed strategies for product/market fit. Subsequent mentorship, programming and resources will be offered to those who demonstrate coachability and make meaningful progress while in the program.

The first fall cohort of NC IDEA LABS will run from Sept. 10 to Oct. 5, and applications open July 30. Applicants will have until Aug. 13 at 5 p.m. to apply.

This application cycle will include two info sessions:

NC IDEA LABS Info Session via Webinar–Thursday, Aug. 2 at 3 p.m. RSVP here.

NC IDEA LABS Q&A Session–Tuesday, Aug. 7 at noon. RSVP here.

The second fall cohort of NC IDEA LABS will run from mid-October through mid-November, and applications will open August 27.

For more information about NC IDEA LABS and participant eligibility, click here.

NC IDEA Summer School Series

There are only two more sessions of NC IDEA Summer School left!

Join us at noon on any of the Wednesdays listed below for an hour focused on an important topic to help you grow your business.

Register for any of the sessions at the individual links below:
August 8 – “Voltage Control Design Sprint Workshop” with Douglas Ferguson

Can’t attend the course in person? No worries. Each session will be livestreamed on Facebook and made available on our YouTube channel. Click here to catch up on the courses you’ve missed!
Don’t forget to follow us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn for NC IDEA Summer School news and updates!

Other News & Events

Code the Dream Volunteer Interest Meeting
August 1, 2018
Code the Dream, one of American Underground’s resident nonprofits, is searching for volunteers. They are especially looking for folks to help teach programming classes and/or to serve as development leads on student projects.Code the Dream offers free coding courses to immigrants, refugees, low-income, and minority students, ages 15+. After students have completed two courses with CtD, they go into the Labs phase, where they get real-world experience working on applications for nonprofits and startups.

If you’d like to hear more about Code the Dream and how you can plug in, join CtD for a conversation on August 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. RSVP here.

Endless Summer
August 2, 2018

The mercury is soaring! Join LaunchBio for some cool conversations and an ice-cold beer at Larger Than Life Science on August 2. Catch the highlights from Silicon Valley Bank’s life science industry report. Hear from a panel of nationally-active investors. Contemplate the future of consumer genomics. And, indulge in a summer super-tasting. 

For additional information and to register, visit:

PopUp @ American Tobacco
August 2018

 Starting in August, PopUp @ American Tobacco will feature a revolving series of popup concepts in a prime retail spot at 359 Blackwell St. in Diamond View III. Visitors might experience a new coffee brand for a few weeks, then a fresh idea in yoga, then an apparel line. It’s not just a series of popups, it’s an ongoing adventure.

For more information on how you can help write the next chapter in Durham’s journey as “the Startup Hub of the South,” visit

For more industry news and events, visit