Posts tagged “NC IDEA”
"Success has many parents," writes Steve Hinkson, director of communications at the Council for Entrepreneurial Development. And Robbie Allen, CEO of Automated Insights which made its "exit" through acquisition on Thursday, is proof - as Allen recently told the CED.
In the third of a series profiling the five latest NC IDEA grant winners, ExitEvent Editor Laura Baverman talks with Melvin Hines, founder of Upswing.
In the second of five profiles featuring the newest recipients of NC IDEA grants, Amy Huffman of ExitEvent features Carrboro-based Freebooksy.
Five startups, including four from the Triangle, are the latest recipients of grants worth as much as $50,000 from economic development group NC IDEA. More than 90 companies have now received such grants worth some $3.7 million.
Economic development group NC IDEA is adding four members to its board, replacing three others who recently left. NC IDEA annually invests hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding to North Carolina startups.
NC IDEA has selected 19 startups from around North Carolina as semifinalists in its latest rounds of grants. Nearly 100 firms applied for the non-dilutive grants which can be worth as much as $50,000.
In the past couple of years, an unprecedented number of venture-backed companies have closed financings of $100M or more at valuations above $1 billion. This phenomenon has led to grumbling by some--most notably, Silicon Valley venture capitalist Marc Andreessen--that the "IPO is dying" and that individual investors are "missing out" on what used to be great opportunities to ride exciting young companies from their IPOs onward. Is that really the case?
Among all the efforts focusing on boosting startups in the Triangle these days, Groundwork Labs is unique. It's free. And now the program, which is funded by economic development group NC IDEA, is reaching beyond the Triangle to help startups by the offering of a housing stipend. John Austin, director of Groundworks, talks about the new program, how Groundworks is different, and the success it has had so far in helping grow new businesses from the ground up.
Since its inception in 2006, NC IDEA's grant program has awarded more than $3.4 million to 88 companies across the state. On Monday, NC IDEA announced that the organization's 18th grant cycle will open on Aug. 11 with a series of information sessions being held throughout North Carolina.
John Cambier of IDEA Fund Partners and NC IDEA in Durham is an investor who deals daily with startup entrepreneurs. He offers a counterpoint to a recent post published in ExitEvent and WRAL TechWire that cites a recent report linking unemployment and entrepreneurship.
Rami Essaid, Engin Akyol and Andrew Stein turned their educations at N.C. State into fast-growing tech security startup Distil Networks but left North Carolina to launch the venture-backed firm. Now they are returning to Wolfpack country by opening an office in Raleigh. And they are hiring. We have the details in an exclusive interview for WRAL TechWire Insiders.
Today's "Startup blog:" If you are an entrepreneur looking for insight into attracting investors, don't miss the opening day of a two-part series from the Council for Entrepreneurial Development about "Raising dough."
Today's "Startup blog" - the first in a regular addition to WRALTechWire's lineup - focuses on Triangle and NC startups, an IPO update, and a kickstarter success. Check out details about Square 1 Bank, NC IDEA's application deadline, CED's fund-raising series, Mohu's kickstarter success, and a mentoring program from Up Global NEXT.
The economic development group NC IDEA is funneling $250,000 to the Council for Entrepreneurial Development to help the CED implement a strategic shift. But what does that mean? The CED isn't talking. Meanwhile, its lead person on last year's big data project - called TriangulateNC - has left. Plus, not everyone in the Triangle startup community endorses the NC IDEA grant. WRALTechWire takes an in-depth look at what's happening with the CED in an exclusive story for our Insiders.
Like any non-profit organization, the Council for Entrepreneurial Development faces a never-ending need to raise money from donors and sponsors. But the $250,000 grant from NC IDEA - the biggest ever given in one sum by the group - is a huge shot-in-the-arm of cash that gives CED leaders a chance to spend less time raising money and more time fueling further growth of the Triangle's resurgent tech community. The $135 million sale of Digitalsmiths is proof CED is crucial to the region's continued growth. And the CED says it has new plans for its future. NC IDEA has bought in. CED must now deliver.