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Posts tagged “NC IDEA”

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.

Updated February 11

Premium Lock Incoming NC IDEA leader: Change to foundation offers many benefits to startups, state

The economic development group NC IDEA will undergo a major transition under its new CEO Thom Ruhe, evolving into a private foundation. While the Durham-based group will continue to offer hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants annually to startups, its mission will broaden with the goal of boosting entrepreneurship, Ruhe tells WRAL TechWire in the first of a three-part Q&A.

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February 9

Premium Lock NC IDEA launching next round of startup grant applications

NC IDEA NC IDEA will launch its next round of awarding up to $50,000 in non-dilutive grants to startups on Feb. 15. Entrepreneurs can learn more about the program at a series of state-wide meetings. and webinars.

Updated February 4

Premium Lock NC IDEA names former Kauffman Foundation exec as CEO

Thom Ruhe, a former senior executive with the entrepreneurial focused Kauffman Foundation, is the new CEO of NC IDEA, an economic development group based in Durham.

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December 21, 2015

Premium Lock Groundwork Labs launches 2016 'cohort,' tweaks startup program

Groundwork Labs Groundwork Labs, the mentoring program for emerging startups, recently picked 10 ventures for its new "cohort" this winter. Executive Director John Ausin also says the program is making changes.

Updated December 16, 2015

Premium Lock From a dark basement to a hub of amazing success - that's American Underground's saga

Anyone who is really honest had doubts about whether The American Underground would work when launched in 2010 in the dark, foreboding, chilly basement of a former tobacco factory in Durham. Sunlamps should have been a health requirement. Today, there's a lot of light shining on the AU - the light of success. The doubters were wrong - on multiple fronts.

December 15, 2015

Premium Lock NC IDEA winner: Chapel Hill startup Rheomics building tools for more accurate blood testing

Blood Transfusion On Tuesday, economic development group NC IDEA picked six recipients to share among $300,000 in its latest round of non-dilutive grants for startups. Here's a profile of Rheomics as reported by ExitEvent.

December 15, 2015

Premium Lock NC IDEA winner: MV Trak bringing concussion-monitoring wearable tech to market

Brain power  On Tuesday, economic development group NC IDEA picked six recipients to share among $300,000 in its latest round of non-dilutive grants for startups. Here's a profile of MV Trak as reported by ExitEvent.

December 15, 2015

Premium Lock NC IDEA winner: Brand Assurance, the first winner from Wilmington

Startups   On Tuesday, economic development group NC IDEA picked six recipients to share among $300,000 in its latest round of non-dilutive grants for startups. Here's a profile of Brand Assurance as reported by ExitEvent.

Updated December 15, 2015

Premium Lock NC IDEA picks six startups for latest round of $300,000 in grants

NC IDEA Six startups are getting a cash infusion from economic development group NC IDEA in the form of non-dilutive grants. The grants total $300,000.

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