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Exclusive: Startup North Carolina Program and Launch Details Emerge

Startup North Carolina needs your help. Two weeks ago I documented the journey of Startup North Carolina that started from a blog post over a year ago. Now, with the official launch and dual-city event (Triangle and Charlotte) a mere three weeks away, the program is closing in on reality. Except that reality still needs a lot of definition. I’m not going to lie to you. Many of the folks who first got involved with Startup America wondered exactly what the direction was from the onset. We’ve all been asked this before, especially those of us in the startup...

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NC IDEA $50K Grant Cycle Opens August 14th

For years now, I’ve been calling the NC IDEA Grant the best kept startup secret in North Carolina. A non-profit sister program to local VC firm Idea Fund Partners, they grant (as in to give, to hand over, to put in your hands) up to $50,000 to six or so early-stage startups along with some mentoring, connections, and now shared resources with their relatively young accelerator Groundwork Labs. Now located in the American Underground, NC IDEA is one of the only programs of its kind, where an entrepreneur with a great idea can get seed funding with very little...

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