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Wege Foundation Awards First Flight’s LiftOff Program $50,000 to Assist NC Tech Start-Ups

First Flight Venture Center (FFVC) announced today that its LiftOff Program was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Wege Foundation.  Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, [...]

April 27th, 2016|

Help Support the First Flight LIFTOFF Program

    LiftOff is our innovative program to help North Carolina's scientific entrepreneurs get early funding for their technology start-ups. Our team of in-house executives and [...]

October 23rd, 2015|

The RTP Reports That FFVC Wows the White House

Learn about FFVC and the $50,000 grant they received at the first White House Pitch Day in this video produced by The RTP. Nestled between RTI International and The Hamner Institute on Davis Drive in Research Triangle Park, First Flight Venture Center works daily with early stage life science companies to help them grow. Open since 1991, the incubator aims to help tenants succeed in an industry that has an extremely long lab to consumer lifespan. […]

August 19th, 2015|

The Consultant as Entrepreneur

It’s a romantic ideal, but not everyone can come up with a ‘eureka’ product in their garage. An alternative is to parlay your current expertise [...]

June 12th, 2015|

One’s a Crowd. On Crowdsourcing, and how CNBC is tracking it.

Check out this article in a recent issue of Wired. Sharp thoughts on Net Neutrality and robots (for the record, there’s always something about robots [...]

April 20th, 2015|

Be Smart With Your Style

Inc. Magazine recently released the Inc. 5000, the magazine’s annual list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. As part of the list’s release, the [...]

December 16th, 2014|

LISTEN – It Makes You Seem Unusual and Makes You Successful

I've spent the last two weeks buried in communication related activities.  Websites, social media, conferences and events, coffee, pitch practices, conference calls and the list [...]

June 3rd, 2014|

No surprises here – Email Is Crushing Twitter, Facebook for Selling Stuff Online

Startups - take note.  All of the nagging about networking, keeping track of contacts, building a database and using a CRM are not worthless pieces [...]

July 7th, 2013|

Pitches – 11 Different Types

For those of you starting a company:  do you know the voice of your customer?  Actually, customers, plural. Early-stage companies often think only of the [...]

June 4th, 2013|

100 Steps to Building a Company

I've seen long articles, extensive powerpoints (overkill), list after list, diagrams and articles galore on the steps needed to start/build a company. Here is the [...]

April 30th, 2013|