NC COIN News

April 17, 2017

Startup Mako Medical Labs aims to help veterans fighting PTSD

RALEIGH – Since 2014 when Chad Price and Josh Arant founded Mako Medical Laboratories we began seeing Mako’s “Sharkmobiles” becoming more visible on the road. Mako Medical Laboratories has become one of the fastest growing “home grown” companies in North Carolina and continues to grow with offices and “Sharkmobile” sightings spreading across the country. Both Chad and Josh might attribute some of their success to the fact that they have focused on hiring veterans as well as their strong science […]
April 10, 2017

Real apprenticeships: Building a work force, not a TV show

GREENSBORO – In January, WRAL TechWire published an article addressing the fact that economic development and job growth is being challenged by the growing need of employers to find appropriately skilled workers. Titled “Addressing our next big challenge: America’s job skills gap,” it discussed the growing requirements of employers for workers with higher, more specific skills and experience.  The article also pointed out that fewer employers are offering training due to the financial and logistical challenges of providing appropriate on-the-job training […]
March 31, 2017

Cultivation: Why this term is important to entrepreneurs seeking startup help

GREENSBORO – Business Incubators have been around since the late 1950’s and continue to be a location of choice for young entrepreneurial companies searching for a home to “hatch” or get their small businesses off the ground. The concept of business incubation has evolved over the years from places where concepts could be developed, to facilities that supported the growth and development of young business entities, to environments where young enterprises with common interests can benefit from a network that […]
March 21, 2017

Growing more STEM businesses and entrepreneurs in NC

GREENSBORO – It’s no secret that North Carolina’s public and private higher educational institutions have earned global prominence in their ability to successfully educate scientists, engineers and technologists. Every year significant numbers of our graduates are recruited by local and global corporations that have learned to value the scientific and technical capabilities of students and graduates of our great higher educational institutions. The looming question, however, is “How can we grow more of our own North Carolina STEM-based companies?” As […]
March 14, 2017

The secret sauce behind First Flight Venture Center’s success is …

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – When First Flight Venture Center’s 2016 Annual Report was released on March 8th it noted recent competitive Federal Funding Awards received by the Center’s LiftOff and Wings programs, and the recent Hangar 6 award which brought approximately $500,000 in funding to assist the Center in supporting the growth of North Carolina high technology focused companies. image: https://wwwcache.wraltechwire.com/asset/biotech/2016/11/25/16273305/joe_magno-165×165.jpg Even more impressive and indicative of the positive impact of the Center’s support to North Carolina STEMpreneurs (entrepreneurs that […]
March 2, 2017

North Carolina Center of Innovation Network launching entrepreneur workshop series

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Starting on March 8 the North Carolina Center of Innovation Network (COIN) will launch the “COIN Workshops” Program. Workshops are designed to provide objective, actionable information and guidance to North Carolina entrepreneurs engaged in research and commercialization of innovative products and services that improve our lives. Workshops will be hosted by COIN and sponsoring organizations will provide attendees with complimentary food and beverages. Accomplished and innovative scientists, engineers, and technologists interested in commercializing their innovations […]
February 27, 2017

New controlled release tech platform aims to enhance drug, fertilizer delivery – and more

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — ​Lucideon, a materials development and commercialization organization that is dedicated to developing materials and products, in collaboration with industry partners, that meet the real needs of the market today and has recently opened a facility in RTP to serve the needs of North Carolina, has developed a new innovative controlled release technology called iCRT. The modern world of active compound and nutrient delivery faces a variety of problems which could be offset, or even solved, […]
February 20, 2017

Incentives beyond tax breaks are crucial to economic growth

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Over the past few years although North Carolina has held its own in recruiting and retaining great companies, the state continues to face increasing competition in its recruitment efforts, and the debate regarding the need for increased monetary incentives to lure companies to move to and stay in North Carolina goes on. There’s no doubt that when a site selection consultant provides a report to a client company looking for a new home or expansion of a […]
February 1, 2017

NSF funding shows North Carolina emerging as a nanotech hotbed

GREENSBORO, N.C. – To some it might seem surprising that four of the 23 universities named as sites and awarded grants under the National Science Foundation’s National Nanotechnology Coordinating Infrastructure Program were in North Carolina. It seems that slowly and surely, over the past 20 or so years North Carolina has been developing into a hotbed for Nano related research and development. When the National Science Foundation announced the 23 sites that would be included in the NNCI, Duke University, […]
January 20, 2017

Our next big challenge: Addressing America’s job skills gap

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Labor Department recently reported that average hourly earnings in the US rose by 2.9 percent last year, the best annual performance since the recovery began. Many economists expect the trend to gain momentum this year, as a tighter labor market forces employers to pay more to hire and retain workers A recently released report from the Conference Board documents emerging labor shortages in a wide range of industries across many regions of the country. The US […]
January 16, 2017

The art of successfully closing the deal – 10 Reminders

By HENRY KOPF and AMISH PATEL, special to WRAL TechWire Editor’s note: Henry Kopf and Amish Patel are with Cary-based Revolution Law. CARY, N.C. – Signing and closing a merger, acquisition, joint venture, licensing agreement, or other strategic transactions involves many moving parts that are often overlooked or not fully understood for their complexity. In most transactions, the final agreement is not simply one contract drafted and negotiated by the lawyers, and then signed by the parties at closing. A […]
January 3, 2017

Two upcoming events focus on STEMpreneurs

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – On Jan. 11, the North Carolina Center of Innovation Network (COIN) will host its first Business Education Event of 2017. Later in the month, another event – InnovEight 8 – also will appeal to startups. These events are purposed to provide actionable and practical information to increase the success of STEM related businesses. COIN’s Business Education Events will feature experienced subject matter experts presenting relevant information on topics of interest to attendees. The first event, […]