Who's it for?
NC IDEA LABS is most impactful somewhere between the time you have your idea and the time you have a minimum viable product. However, if we can identify a gap that we can help fill, we will accept companies that are already shipping a product or are further along.
What problem does it solve?
NC IDEA LABS helps founders make better decisions, make those decisions faster and take the proper steps to avoid mistakes frequently made by new entrepreneurs.
How does it help?
Companies come into NC IDEA LABS at different stages with different needs. NC IDEA LABS is not a curriculum, but a structure that helps each company move toward their next goal. Mostly you will continue the work you are already doing, though with more focus and increased support.
NC IDEA LABS, formerly Groundwork Labs, helps founders make better decisions, make those decisions faster and take the proper steps to avoid mistakes frequently made by new entrepreneurs. Essentially, we help reduce risk. From a program standpoint, NC IDEA LABS looks a lot like a technology accelerator – we are a mentor-driven, selective, 12-week program. The difference is that we do not make an investment nor do we take an equity stake; and the program is offered at no cost. NC IDEA LABS works closely with you to iterate your idea and accelerate the development of your company through: Coaching, Community and Structure.
NC IDEA Labs, formerly Groundwork Labs, is an amazing program for early stage startups. Groundwork helped SeaChange to focus on identifying a specific target market and develop a solution that creates value. The team at NC IDEA is absolutely dedicated to success of entrepreneurs.
Amazing program. If you're in the early stages of a startup and looking to validate, you MUST apply to NC IDEA Labs. We got a ton out of the program - mentorship, co-working with really smart folks, and gurus who come and speak to you weekly. I couldn't recommend this more highly.