NC IDEA 2021 Startup Analyst Fellowship Application

NC IDEA’s Startup Analyst Fellowship program consists of a year-long/two-semester fellowship (Spring and Fall 2021 semesters). This program is targeted at 1st year MBA students, but students into their 2nd year of an MBA and in other related programs are welcome to apply. Startup Analyst Fellows will specifically be involved in the process of evaluating and selecting grant recipients for the NC IDEA SEED ($50K) grant program. Since its inception in 2006, NC IDEA SEED has awarded over $6.8 million to 154 companies across the state.


This program is ideal for students interested in 1) having an investment career with an angel/venture capital firm or 2) entrepreneurs and entrepreneurially minded students looking to enhance their knowledge of the startup landscape in North Carolina and/or gain a better understanding of how young ventures are evaluated by investors. 


During the Spring and Fall semesters, Startup Analyst Fellows will work with NC IDEA on a part-time basis (approximately 10 hours per week) supporting the SEED grant cycle application process. Fellows will be provided with a stipend of $1,000 per semester, upon successful completion of the following responsibilities. In lieu of a stipend, fellows may receive class credit for this work and are responsible for making those arrangements with their instructor(s).

Responsibilities for each semester include: 

  • Help in the facilitation of the SEED grant cycles by working closely with the Program Director and NC IDEA principals.

  • Evaluate SEED grant applications (business plans) and provide feedback to the applicants.

  • Attend and actively participate in review meetings (3-4 each grant cycle), including final pitch day. 

  • Conduct due diligence during semi-finalist and final rounds of the SEED grant cycle, including assisting in the final selection of SEED grant recipients.

  • Process improvement initiatives as deemed necessary.

  • Depending on the number of SEED applications, Startup Analyst Fellows may also evaluate NC IDEA MICRO grant applications and provide feedback to the applicants.

Additional resources

For full consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume by Friday, November 13th. 

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