NC IDEA Newsletter – January 17, 2019

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We are officially over halfway through the month of January. It is a month many started refreshed and renewed from the holidays, anxious to take on a new year. More than likely, you set some goals for 2019. Some of those goals may be long-term, aggressive undertakings, while others may be focused on small, “bite-sized” accomplishments. Both are important. However, to realize the lofty visions, you need the smaller, short-term goals that will enable you to get there. NC IDEA Senior Director, John Austin, has some advice on how to go about setting goals, particularly for startups.

As you’ve heard us state in the recent weeks, NC IDEA’s big, hairy audacious goal, for 2019 and beyond, is to empower at least 100,000 people with an entrepreneurial mindset, mostly by deploying the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program statewide. We just announced dates and opened the application for our second cohort of facilitator training in March. Beyond Ice House, we remain committed to helping people realize their full entrepreneurial potential with our suite of long-standing programs and activities that will continue to expand and evolve to meet entrepreneurs where they are and help when they need it most. Our current opportunities for entrepreneurs offer various amounts of funding depending on stage and intended use of funds. See if NC IDEA MICRO, NC IDEA SEED or an Investment Crowdfunding Grant may be right for your company or a company you know.

Now that we’re two weeks into 2019, how are you progressing against the goals you set out for the year?

Investment Crowdfunding Grant

Apply Now Through January 28th

As NC IDEA expands its mission to more actively serve those that are underrepresented and underserved, we are partnering with Localstake NC to test the appetite for investment crowdfunding in North Carolina by offering an Investment Crowdfunding Grant for the first time in Spring 2019 to companies ready to expand their businesses via investment crowdfunding on Localstake NC.

Applications for the Investment Crowdfunding Grant are open now through January 28th at 5pm EST.

Want to learn more and apply?

Additional Spring 2019 Grant Opportunities

NC IDEA MICRO and NC IDEA SEED Apps Open February 11th

Whether you have just launched a startup or are looking to grow and scale your company, NC IDEA has resources that can help in the success of your journey when and where you need it most.

Through small, project-based grants, NC IDEA MICRO awards funding in the amount of $1K to $10K to young companies looking to validate and advance their idea. We have found that funding, paired with mentorship and guidance, early in a company’s lifecycle, can make a significant impact on future success.

NC IDEA SEED offers early stage companies the critical funding they need to scale faster. Our $50K grants are awarded to innovative startups with a proven concept — even if they are not yet profitable. The funds, along with mentorship and guidance, push companies forward and reduce risk associated with growing startups.

This month we have been traveling throughout the state visiting some of our partners to provide an overview of our programming at various information sessions, sharing tips and best practices and providing attendees with a greater understanding of which opportunity may be most appropriate and beneficial. Our last session will be held next Wednesday, January 23rd in Winston-Salem. Join us. For those that cannot make it or missed our other sessions, we are offering Virtual Office Hours over the coming weeks to answer your specific questions. Reserve your time slot.

**Applications for NC IDEA MICRO and NC IDEA SEED open February 11, 2019 and close March 4, 2019 at 5pm EST. For more information, click here.

Ice House Facilitator Training

Join Our Second Cohort This March – Apply by March 1st

NC IDEA has an ambitious goal to educate 100,000 North Carolinians with an entrepreneurial mindset. We are seeking education partners who want to help us empower as many people as possible by offering the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program (IHEP). NC IDEA is hosting a three-day Ice House Facilitator Training for education partners interested in offering the course to their constituents.

Ice House Facilitator Training
March 12-14, 2019
Durham, NC

“Last month we trained a diverse group of 50 individuals from across the state at our first Ice House Facilitator Training,” said Thom Ruhe, President and CEO of NC IDEA. “The community enthusiasm is encouraging and we already have enough interest to offer our second training this coming March. Several of our early partners are already planning their first sessions for their constituents and we look forward to collaborating with additional education partners who want to join us in empowering people with an entrepreneurial mindset,” Ruhe concluded.

Because seating is limited, we will be admitting facilitators through an application process. NC IDEA will pay the training costs and participants will only have travel-related expenses. The deadline to apply is March 1st.

Learn More and Apply

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