Our Investment Focus
The Carolinas Institute for Entrepreneurship was created to bridge the gap between traditional academic institutions and the real world of startups and innovation.
Our mission is to create wealth and financial security for our alumni by teaching entrepreneurs how to start and grow either a sustainable closely held company or a high-growth, high-tech investable venture.
In addition, CIE is a platform to help small and medium sized companies sustain operations through educational programs on an individual course basis.
To market in 180 days
Our goal for each portfolio company is to make it in the marketplace in as little as 180 days. Big ideas are great, but we believe that most proof of concepts can be refined in 90 days and MVP and availability can be had in as little as 180. Getting to market quickly and gaining a customer in your first two quarters is what investors are looking for in large investment rounds. Our incubator puts you on track to achieve success earlier than you could have imagined.
Paths to Real Customers
To attract investments, early stage companies have to prove viability and achieve user adoption quickly. The IncuSeed.Ventures program puts accepted companies on a fast track to gaining customers by using tried and proven methods we have used to launch ideas that have turned into middle market companies. Once you get a paying customer, we put you in front of investors.
There are many benefits to being accepted into the program including:
- Software development, Legal, Finance and Accounting services at or below cost
- Proven revenue and sales model templates
- Access to capital
- Access to known angle investors, mentors and resources
Who should Apply?
Companies that want to learn the proper way to bootstrap and develop and MVP should apply to the program. Startups and early stage companies in the Mobile, Web, Software as a service and social media. Early stage companies in the Carolinas Region are given preference.
- Business Products
- Clean Technology
- Computers and Peripherals
- Consumer Products
- Electronics / Instrumentation
- Financial Services
- Food and Beverage
- Healthcare Services
- Internet / Web Services
- IT Services
- Marketing / Advertising
- Media and Entertainment
- Networking and Equipment
- Retailing / Distribution