Posts tagged “NC IDEA”

Updated September 9

Premium Lock RIoT's reaction to $100K NC IDEA grant: 'Humbled and thrilled'

RiOT RIoT, which stands for Regional Internet of Things, is a fast-growing organization with nearly 3,000 members that is focused on growing the IoT industry across North Carolina and elsewhere. Earlier this week, the NC IDEA Foundation chose RIoT as one of nine grant recipients sharing nearly $1.2 million. The RIoTers, as they call themselves, are thrilled to have been selected.

Updated September 9

Premium Lock Exclusive: Here's why NC IDEA chose to fund 9 startup programs

Innovation NC IDEA is going to provide nearly $1.2 million in funding to a variety of startup and entrepreneurial programs across N.C. Thom Ruhe, CEO of NC IDEA, explains why these groups (American, Underground, Catawba Valley Community College, the CED, Triangle Venture Alliance, First Flight Venture Center, HQ Raleigh, NC RIoT, UNC Charlotte and the Greensboro partnership Entrepreneurs Connection) were awarded grants.

Updated September 9

Premium Lock HQ BAM: Why HQ Raleigh won a $100,000 NC IDEA grant

HQ Raleigh HQ Raleigh really has been more than a shared office space project from its launch nearly three years ago. Networking, mentoring, more. A community. Recent expansion is taking the HQ Raleigh concept to other markets. And now with a $100,000 grant from NC IDEA, HQ Raleigh is embarking on a new incubation effort called HQ BAM. So what is it?

Updated September 8

NC IDEA grant winners - igniters of next entrepreneurship wave?

Startups   The growing depth and breadth of North Carolina's entrepreneurship "ecosystem" is clearly shown by the nine winners of the first Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Partner grants from the NC IDEA Foundation.

Updated September 8

NC IDEA pouring $1.175M into 9 entrepreneurship efforts

With grants ranging as high as $250,000, the NC IDEA Foundation is providing direct funding support for nine entrepreneurship programs across North Carolina. The grants, which total $1.175 million, are the first in its new Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Partners program.

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September 7

NC IDEA opens applications for latest startup seed grants

NC IDEA NC IDEA is now accepting applications for its 22nd round of non-dilutive grants for startups across North Carolina and companies looking to relocate to the state.

Updated September 2

Premium Lock Why is NC IDEA taking over SoarTriangle? Inside the decision

NC IDEA NC IDEA has steadily been expanding its mission since Thom Ruhe took over as executive director, and the evolution continued on Tuesday with the news that the foundation is taking over operations of SoarTriangle. The group focuses on mentoring women-led startups, and NC IDEA was to explore ways to help, particularly in raising capital.

August 30

Premium Lock NC IDEA taking over operations of SoarTriangle

SoarTriangle, an organization backed by Red Hat and SAS to mentor female-led startups, is becoming part of NC IDEA's community and economic development efforts.

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Updated July 27

Premium Lock Durham-based RevBoss launches first SaaS product

Durham-based RevBoss, founded as a consulting company in 2014, has launched its first product -software as a service that allows B2B firms to push a button and get a sales pipeline.

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June 14

Premium Lock NC IDEA to seek more funding for Ecosystem Partner grants

Thom Ruhe With $10 million in requests for its new Ecosystem Partner grants, NC IDEA is delaying the announcement of winners and seeking to raise more funds, says NC IDEA CEO Thom Ruhe.

Updated June 13

Premium Lock In their own words: NC IDEA winner Sandbar Oyster

Is North Carolina the future Napa Valley of oysters? A team of experts in the field of oysters and academics has formed a company, Sandbar Oyster, around a unique patent-pending material that could have an international impact on the oyster industry. Niels Lindquist, one of its founders, shares the company's story after receiving one of the five latest NC IDEA grants.

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June 9

Premium Lock In their own words: NC IDEA winner Roobrik targets senior caregiving

Helping older adults and their families find solutions to often difficult caregiving decisions is the mission of startup Roobrik, which is one of five winners in the latest round of NC IDEA grants totaling $250,000. In a Q&A, CEO Nate O'Keefe, a veteran entrepreneur, shares the Roobrik story.

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Updated June 9

Premium Lock In their own words: NC IDEA winner ProAxion targets IoT

Watch out, IoT? ProAxion is one of five winners in the latest round of NC IDEA grants worth as much as $50,000. In a Q&A, CEO Justin Rothwell talks about how the startup's technology could have a major impact on the industry-related Internet of Things.

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Updated June 9

Premium Lock 4 Triangle, 1 coastal startups to share $250,000 in NC IDEA grants

Dollar sign      Five startups, including four from across the Triangle, will receive an injection of funding up to $50,000 from the NC IDEA Foundation. They are the latest emerging companies to win grants through a competitive process that dates back a decade.

Updated May 12

Premium Lock NC IDEA picks 11 finalists for first 2016 grants

NC IDEA The NC IDEA Foundation has selected 11 finalists from 26 semifinals for its first round of grants in 2016. Eight are from the Triangle area.

April 21

Premium Lock A salute to Dave Rizzo, a driving force behind NC's entrepreneurial explosion

Dave Rizzo From the WTW archive: North Carolina's startup community has come a long, long way since the dark days of the "dot com" bust in 2002. In 2015, startups and emerging companies raised more investment capital than in any year since the boom's pinnacle. While success has many fathers, as the saying goes, one leader deserves a big share of the credit for the revival and the remarkable state of startups today across the state. His name is Dave Rizzo. Here's the backstory - and an appreciation.

April 11

Premium Lock Mix of startups from coast to Charlotte crack NC IDEA grant semifinal list

NC IDEA One of the most diverse lists to date of startups - from location to focus on attention - makes up the 26 semifinalists for grants worth up to $50,000 per firm from NC IDEA.

Updated March 16

Premium Lock NC IDEA's new leader brings 'servant style' to the job

Thom Ruhe Thom Ruhe is wasting little time in putting his own imprint on NC IDEA. Monday's launch of an Ecosystem Partner Grant program is just the start of changes Ruhe will be making as the economic development group evolves into a foundation. So what qualities does he bring to the job? He explains in a Q&A.

March 15

Premium Lock NC IDEA's new Ecosystem Partner Grants - What you need to know

Grants Economic development group NC IDEA on Tuesday disclosed the launching of a new grant program. Previously, the group had focused on funding for startups. "The Ecosystem Partner Grant will enable NC IDEA to further its mission by working with partners around the state to foster a diverse, collaborative Community; identify and impact promising Companies; facilitate the formation and multiplication of Capital; nurture and attract world-class Talent while optimizing Connectivity," the group says.

Updated February 24

Premium Lock Groundwork Labs opens applications for 2016 startup program

Groundwork Labs Groundwork Labs, a mentoring and advisory program from NC IDEA for startups, is accepting applications for its next group in sessions set to begin May 16. The application deadline is March 29.

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