There are a bunch of great road trip movies – this one won’t make you laugh as much as National Lampoon’s Vacation or Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, but let’s call it John and Lauren Go to Lawndale, NC. Spoiler alert: we are energized by the interesting startups, spaces and programs that are thriving between Durham and Candler, NC, hopefully you will be too. If anything, we can at least point you to some great food and beverage across the state that we enjoyed along the way.
NC IDEA’s mission has always been statewide, but we have not often ventured outside of the Triangle. NC IDEA ECOSYSTEM, a grant program we began over a year ago, is one way we’ve broadened our reach. The other is to actively help startups in other parts of the state become more competitive in our longstanding grant program, NC IDEA SEED. We scheduled presentations in Charlotte and Asheville to coincide with our upcoming NC IDEA SEED application deadline, but ended up scheduling a lot more fun along the way.