NorthState Tech Lab

A no-cost, Virtual boot camp and residency for social impact entrepreneurs. starting JULY 8, 2020.

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designed for social impact entrepreneurs, startups and small companies

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VIRTUAL FORMAT

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BEGINS JULY 8, 2020

we're here to help entrepreneurs change the world.

 A new generation of entrepreneurs are combining their business talent and personal mission to directly address social problems that affect us locally and globally. In addition to driving innovation and economic success, these change makers are committed to making a positive social impact through their businesses. That’s why NorthState and 111 West Lewis have teamed up to offer the NorthState Tech Lab for social impact entrepreneurs.

 

North State Tech Lab at 111 West Lewis combines a six-week virtual bootcamp with one-on-one coaching, a supportive network and a free 10-week resident membership at 111. We dig into topics that are specific to social impact entrepreneurs, business skills and strategies for sustainability and growth.

a LIKE-MINDED COMMUNITY OF ENTREPRENEURIAL CHANGEMAKERS

We’re building an engaged network of entrepreneurs, experts and champions who share knowledge, business connections and passion for positive social impact.

BUILDING BUSINESSES AROUND INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS

We tap into business experts and seasoned entrepreneurs to support innovative solutions with a foundation of sustainable business models, solid business skills and using technology to grow. 

TACKLING THE MOST DIFFICULT PROBLEMS

Entrepreneurs are energized by solving problems that challenge us locally and globally from environmental sustainability to better education, health and economic opportunity.

Meet the summer 2020 cohort

After School Brilliance

After School Brilliance is a STEM-focused after school and day camp enrichment program serving North Carolina’s Triad. They offer enriching and engaging programs for young children aimed to inspire, nurture and grow the critical and emerging skills necessary for success in our digital workforce.

https://www.afterschoolbrilliance.com/

Food drivers

Food Drivers uses students in drivers education to pick up food from donors and deliver it to nonprofits and food pantries. Organizations save time, money, and gain a sustainable source of volunteers to help them reduce the effects of food insecurity in their communities.  Food Drivers is expanding its operations from Alamance County to include Guilford County.

http://www.fooddrivers.org/

Deep Roots Market

Deep Roots Market is downtown Greensboro’s only natural foods grocery store and local food co-op. They provide a broad selection of quality natural foods, products and organic produce, while creating a supportive and healthy environment for their staff and customers.

https://www.deeprootsmarket.com/

Swim Fanatics

Swim Fanatics provides a safe and welcoming environment in which infants, children, adults, and special populations can learn the life skill of swimming in a variety of aquatic programs. Swim Fanatics is increasing its efforts in drown-prevention for young children (#1 cause of accidental death in ages 1-4 years) and will also expand access to drown-prevention benefits for all ages and populations with a new facility.

https://swimfanatics.com/

Life Design Institute

The Life Design Catalyst Project trains academic advisors and coaches from colleges across the country to empower students to create ambitious academic, career, and life plans. Life Design Institute has just completed an on-line platform to expand its successful in-person model to include online training options.

https://www.lifedesigninstitute.org/

Meet  these northstate tech lab changemakers 

Breakthrough Education

Since 2015, 70% of disadvantaged students in Guilford County Schools  have scored too low on ACT tests to be eligible to apply to colleges in the UNC System. Breakthrough Education bridges the opportunity gap by equipping  all students with the tools necessary to forge a post-secondary path of their choosing and a comprehensive understanding of their career possibilities.

Inspire in You

50%  of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and 75% begin by age 24. The InspireInYou app is designed for students and young adults in these vulnerable years.  It is an on-demand audio streaming platform that students like to use that provides 24/7, anonymous and low cost access to contextual health content and counseling. 

Dignity Housing Co.

Each night more than 1,000 people go to sleep homeless in Guilford County.

Dignity Housing provides innovative and affordable housing solutions with access to wrap-around programs and services designed to alleviate homelessness and the lack of affordable housing.

Who should apply?

We're looking for entrepreneurial changemakers! The Summer 2020 Tech Lab is designed for entrepreneurs, startups and companies who are:

1) Building their business to make a direct and positive impact on society and their community.

2) Operational, with revenue. Well-developed idea-stage or soon-to-launch social startups are also eligible on a case-by-case basis.

3) Driven by customer revenue (vs. funded primarily by grants). Tech Lab companies are predominantly for-profit companies but non-profit companies/hybrids that operate as a business are also encouraged to apply. 

4) Using (or planning to use) technology to create, support or scale better solutions to social problems. Companies do not need to be in the technology industry. 

5) Committed to moving their business and mission forward and to helping their cohort peers to do the same.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When are applications due?

Application accepted on a space-available basis.

What is My time commitment?

The Summer 2020 cohort will meet every Monday night for six weeks (July 13-August 17) from 5:30-7:30pm and includes a light supper. Coaching sessions are arranged as needed, based on each participant’s schedule. Participants are encouraged to dedicate time outside classes to build on and apply the insights and information they have learned.

Participants are also expected to participate in these NorthState Tech Lab events that take place outside the weekly sessions:

  • Launch Event and 111 Orientation: July 8, 5pm
  • Midway Meet and Greet Lunch with NorthState: July 27 (time TBD)
  • Closing Event/Pitches: August 25 (lunchtime), August 26 (evening)
What will be covered in the program?
We’ll dig into topics that are specific to social impact entrepreneurs as well as those that are common to all businesses who are planning to grow or who want to explore a different direction.
Prior to starting, we’ll meet 1:1 identify specific areas within these broader topics that are most important:
  • Strengthening Your Business Model
  • Presenting Your Business
  • Finances and Funding
  • Anticipating Growth Decisions
  • Branding, Marketing and Sales
  • Using Technology to Grow and Scale
What benefits will i receive as a participant?
NorthState Tech Lab at 111 West Lewis combines:
  • Weekly presentations and Q&A sessions with entrepreneurs and subject matter experts
  • Free 10-week resident membership, dedicated workspace, and full access to amenities and benefits at 111 West Lewis
  • One-on-one coaching sessions and a supportive network who offer knowledge and vital business connections
  • Presentation coaching
  • Group discussions and peer help sessions
Who can participate?

We’re looking for entrepreneurial changemakers! The Summer 2020 Tech Lab is designed for entrepreneurs, startups and companies who are:

  • Building their business to make a direct and positive impact on society and their community.
  • Operational, with revenue. Well-developed idea-stage or soon-to-launch social startups are also eligible on a case-by-case basis.
  • Driven by customer revenue (vs. funded primarily by grants). Tech Lab companies are predominantly for-profit companies but non-profit companies/hybrids that operate as a business are also encouraged to apply. 
  • Using (or planning to use) technology to create, support or scale better solutions to social problems. Companies do not need to be in the technology industry. 
  • Committed to moving their business and mission forward and to helping their cohort peers to do the same.     
What is the schedule for the summer 2020 northstate tech lab?
  • Application Deadline: June 15
  • Notifications: June 24
  • Team Meetings and Pre-Work Assignments: June 27-July 1
  • Launch Event and 111 Orientation: July 8
  • HQ 10-Week Residency and Membership Begins: July 13
  • First Session: July 13
  • Midway Meet and Greet Lunch with NorthState: July 27
  • Sixth (final) Session: August 17
  • Closing Event/Pitches: August 25 (lunchtime), August 26 (evening)
how do i apply?

Complete and submit the application HERE. Applications are being accepted on a space-available basis.

Still have questions?

Contact us at 336-365-1043 or monica@monicadoss.com.

Stephanie McMillan
Rise and Flow
Greensboro, NC
I whole-heartedly recommend this program to mission-based entrepreneurs who are preparing to expand into new markets. The sessions were great, as are the relationships I made with other like-minded entrepreneurs. It means a lot to know I am not on this journey alone.

Shonda Sutton
Dignity Housing Co
Greensboro, NC
Tech Lab helped us evaluate our business model and revenue streams that helped us make adjustments for clarity and new opportunities. We made important connections for ongoing and future collaborations through this program.

Enkhnasan Enkhbold and Matt Killian
BreakThrough Education
Greensboro, NC
The one-on-one coaching and pitch preparation were very valuable to us. Throughout the program, Tech Lab encouraged self-reflection as we refined our business. We were able to create a strong brand and vision.

Shaun Andrews
InspireInYou
Raleigh, NC
I loved the sessions where we worked through real world issues related to our businesses. The connections I made with fellow cohort members, speakers and Tech Lab were priceless. The people made it an awesome experience. 

Stan Hollis
BroomIt
Greensboro, NC

I was impressed not only with the diverse group in our cohort, but with the opportunities to meet folks with a wide and relevant range of expertise who have been very helpful to us.

Paul Campbell
Tech Culture
Greensboro, NC
This program gave me the opportunity and drive to filter through my plans and deeply explore new ideas I had for my business. I have a better understanding of what it takes for a business to be transformed into a more effective and impactful force in the community.

Randall Hayes
Agnosia Media
Greensboro, NC
I really value the interactions with my fellow participants and the relationships we built.  Insights from the guest speakers and frequent coaching sessions  along with  HQ membership and  the dedicated workspace made for an extremely productive 8 weeks.

PROGRAM BACKGROUND

Across the nation and here in North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad, entrepreneurs are driving future economic success and community vitality. They bring innovative ideas to the marketplace, provide new solutions to problems, and create new jobs that attract and retain talent. They infuse our region with their creative approach, passion and ideas.

That is why, in 2018, NorthState and HQ Greensboro partnered to launch the NorthState Tech Lab—a six-week, no cost boot camp with a two-month resident membership at HQ Greensboro. Since then, the program has served 16 startups with great success. In 2019, the NorthState Tech Lab directed its focus to socially conscious, for-profit companies who are building their businesses to make a positive social impact locally. Learn more about the companies who have been through the program below!