NC IDEA Announces the Elite 23

I swear I didn’t know that NC IDEA announced semi-finalists for its twice-annual $50K grant cycle. However, when I asked Andrea Cook about it she assured me that they did do this, I just wasn’t paying attention. That can happen. The NC IDEA grant program — $50K, mentoring and connections to six deserving startups in North Carolina with no take — is probably the best program going on here if not nationwide. But the bigger story is how the program is starting to gel with some of the other entrepreneurial programs in the area to produce a perfect storm...

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