NC IDEA Announces Groundwork Labs After Hours Startup Program

DURHAM, N.C. -- NC IDEA announces the return of Groundwork Labs After Hours, a condensed Groundwork Labs program for entrepreneurs who at this time are unable to commit to the full-time Groundwork Labs program. After Hours will offer many benefits of the full-time Groundwork Labs program, focusing on customer discovery, business model canvasing, building an MVP, and fund raising.

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By the end of the session, an entrepreneur should be able to make a decision to leap full time into their startup and therefore be positioned to apply to an accelerator, apply for an NC IDEA grant, or bootstrap.  Or, though it may be disappointing – have the data to decide to fail fast and move on to something else without regrets. The ideal candidate will have a product idea that has the potential to become a scalable business.

“We often receive promising applications for Groundwork Labs from people who have a great idea, but they are working full time and cannot participate in our full-time program”, said John Austin, Director of Groundwork Labs. “Groundwork Labs After Hours provides those entrepreneurs an opportunity to discover if they can turn their idea into a business.”

Applications will open on July 25 and the application deadline is August 12.  NC IDEA will host an information session about the program on Tuesday August 2 at 5:30 p.m.  The four Groundwork Labs After Hours sessions are scheduled for September 8, September 22, October 6 and October 20.

NC IDEA is a private foundation committed to supporting business innovation and economic advancement in North Carolina. The organization serves as a catalyst for young, high-growth technology companies by promoting initiatives that foster growth and guides these companies to become major contributors to the state’s business community. Since its inception in 2006, NC IDEA’s core grant program has awarded over $4.2M to 104 companies across the state. NC IDEA has supported over 100 additional companies through its Durham-based startup program Groundwork Labs. Learn more at

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