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Posts tagged “NC IDEA”

Updated July 19, 2013

Premium Lock More data confirms 'institutional' VC slump in NC

What's real story about state of VC in North Carolina? A newspaper headline reads: "Triangle companies raise $40.1 million from venture capitalists." Sounds like a lot of money, right? But the fact is, VC deals continue to lag.

Early-stage investors Andy Schwab, left, and John Cambier Early-stage investors Andy Schwab, left, and John Cambier

Updated June 14, 2013

Premium Lock NC IDEA: Startup deal flow 'better than it has ever been'

As a venture capitalist, a former entrepreneur and leader of economic development group NC IDEA, Dave Rizzo has a front row seat in the North Carolina startup game. And after making a near-record amount of grants to five startups this week Rizzo says the deal flow is getting better. Why? Rizzo shares his insight with WRALTechWire Insiders.

Dave Rizzo says deal flow better than ever in N.C. Dave Rizzo says deal flow better than ever in N.C.

Updated June 13, 2013

Premium Lock NC IDEA awards $220,000 in grants to five startups

NC IDEA In one of its largest funding rounds since 2006, four Triangle area and one Charlotte-based firms will share in the grants from the Durham-based economic development group.

April 2, 2013

Premium Lock NC IDEA picks 30 semi-finalists for latest round of grants

NC IDEA Economic development group NC IDEA has selected 30 startups from across the state as semi-finalists for non-dilutive grants of up to $50,000.

January 22, 2013

Premium Lock NC IDEA plans briefings on how startups can apply for grants

NC IDEA NC IDEA, the economic development group associated with the venture capital firm IDEA Fund Partners, is preparing for its next cycle of grants.

Updated January 8, 2013

Premium Lock IDEA Fund Partners makes first Florida investment

IDEA Fund Partners Venture capital firm IDEA Fund Partners, which expanded to Florida in 2011, makes its first investment there with funding for a college savings plan website called GradSave.

Updated January 2, 2013

Premium Lock Startup Windsor Circle's 871% customer growth leads to $1.1M angel deal

Marketing retention software from startup Windsor Circle is winning the Durham startup legions of corporate followers and soaring revenue. That combination enabled its management team to raise $1.1 million to set the stage for more growth in 2013.

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December 31, 2012

Premium Lock Charlotte firm spins growing web for its spider silk

EntoGenetics, started with the help of a $22,500 Business Development Loan from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and a recipient of an NC IDEA Funds grant, has entered a development partnership with a well-known Florida maker of musical instrument strings.

Spinning a web for spider silk Spinning a web for spider silk

December 13, 2012

Premium Lock Semiconductor firm HexaTech wins $2.2M federal contract for new type of chips

HexaTech, a venture capital backed company, wins federal funding to develop a new kind of chip for the nation's power grid.

HexaTech graphic explains its chip focus HexaTech graphic explains its chip focus

Updated December 4, 2012

Premium Lock NC State Archives now tracks government officials in social media

The State Archives of North Carolina, working with Durham-based ArchiveSocial, has launched a searchable data base that tracks what's being said by some government officials - and what's being said about them through the state's new "Social Archive."

Tracking Gov. Bev Perdue through social media Tracking Gov. Bev Perdue through social media

Updated October 23, 2012

Premium Lock Apple unveils 6 iPad Mini models: 'You can hold it in one hand'

Apple's new iPad Mini Apple's smaller iPad is unveiled Tuesday at a price of $329 as is a new version of the current iPad. Apple executives also introduce a new laptop, computer and iBooks update.

October 23, 2012

Premium Lock Groundworks Labs surges forward as startup launchpad

NC IDEA's commitment to helping develop startups continues with Groundworks Labs even as Joystick Labs becomes a lower priority and with little if any funding available.

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October 3, 2012

Premium Lock NC IDEA picks 23 startup semifinalists for grants up to $50,000

NC IDEA The Durham-based economic development group will award grants to as many as six firms in December.

August 30, 2012

Premium Lock Semiconductor firm HexaTech raises $500,000 in debt financing

The venture capital backed startup, which has been funded locally by Intersouth Partners and NCIDEA, is commercializing technology developed at NC State.

HexaTech graphic explains its chip focus HexaTech graphic explains its chip focus

Updated July 23, 2012

Premium Lock Despite surge in tech startups, VCs see little chance of a 'bubble'

Venture Update With all the recent programs rolling out to support the launch and growth of new companies, funding remains scarce. If nothing else, lack of cash will keep a damper on entrepreneurs' hopes of flaming beyond control.

Updated July 20, 2012

Premium Lock Pedal to metal: Groundwork Labs accelerates RTP startups

Emerging from its own type of stealth mode, the Durham-based new business accelerator helps launch three firms that also receive grants from NC IDEA. Director John Austin, who also runs Joystick Labs, provides an update.

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Updated June 22, 2012

Premium Lock Duke professor looks to forge nanotech success at NanoForge

Big solutions could be in the offing from miniscule research and development at the new firm. It recently landed an NC IDEA grant.

Detail of nanowires at NanoForge Detail of nanowires at NanoForge

June 7, 2012

Premium Lock Five startups land $201,000 in NC IDEA grants

NC IDEA Led by Archive Soical, which also is graduating from the Triangle Startup Factory, another promising group of emerging firms secures non-dilutive funding to help kickstart growth.

March 22, 2012

Premium Lock Durham web optimization tools startup seeking beta users

BoostSuite, which was launched by iContact co-founder Aaron Houghton, is rolling out a set of tools it says will help clients build web traffic and convert more visitors to buyers.

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March 12, 2012

Premium Lock Durham semiconductor startup Sarda lands IDEA Fund as investor in $3M round

Sarda The venture capital firm follows up on a $36,000 grant its not-for-profit arm NC IDEA Fund awarded Sarda last June. Sarda, which was co-founded by two chip industry veterans, focuses on improving energy efficiency and reducing the size of power components in mobile devices.

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