An Inside Look through the Eyes of Our Spring Venture Fellows Cohort

Last Spring, IDEA Fund Partners hosted our latest class of Venture Fellows, a program to provide on-the-job experience to student and young professionals looking to learn more about venture capital. These Fellows from around the country were not merely observers on the sidelines -they played an integral part in the team by being fully immersed in the deal review, due diligence, and broader strategy of the firm. Their contributions and insights will last much longer than the ten weeks they spent with us. …


A Reflection on My Past Home Technology Theses

by Chris Langford, Partner

I have often told the story when I first meet someone professionally that I have been “accidentally” involved in the housing industry for nearly two decades. Out of business school, I joined a boutique investment bank in Florida during the housing boom of the mid-2000s and by virtue of the times I worked on M&A and financings of homebuilders, building product distributors and specialty contractors. It was a great way to learn the inner workings of each industry by themselves and also the inter-connected nature of the industries…


By Chris Langford, Partner

We at IDEA Fund Partners want to continue to provide insights into the investments that we make to provide a better view into how we underwrite and what excites us as investors. Although a bit tardy in its writing, we are excited to detail our thinking about the investment we made in Poppy at the end of 2020. Poppy is a digital-first platform that brings together brides- and grooms-to-be with on-trend design, farm-direct flowers and top notch local floral arrangers to deliver an Instagram-worthy wedding and a modern purchasing experience at or below the cost of…


By John Cambier, Managing Partner

We are excited to announce that we recently made our 13th new investment out of IDEA Fund III, leading the Seed round for Fenris Digital out of Richmond, VA. We were exposed to Fenris multiple times over a short period in late 2020 via a couple insurtech programs we keep an eye on. Joe Darcy and John Cambier each saw the pitch independently of the other and both came away wanting to learn more.

As we dug in, it became increasingly clear that Fenris had all of the key attributes we look for in terms…


As one of the oldest and most active early-stage venture capital firms in the Southeast, IDEA Fund Partners’ investment philosophy has been honed from years of experience. Based in Durham, NC, we fund entrepreneurs who are applying technology and business model innovations to industries in the earliest stages of digital disruption with an emphasis on overlooked people, places and stages.

IDEA Fund Partners is seeking ambitious, engaged, and intellectually curious candidates to join the Venture Fellows program, assisting with an array of firm matters and examining the next generation of startups and innovation. This internship is open to undergraduate and…


by Chris Langford, Partner

Charlotte’s Got A Lot. That’s the slogan that the city has used for some time to describe why people should move to or visit Charlotte. I moved to Charlotte eleven and a half years ago and I must say that the slogan feels both accurate and aspirational at the same time. On one hand, the city is the number two banking center in the United Sates, is home to eight Fortune 500 companies, has one of the fastest growing populations and is rapidly distinguishing itself in the culinary and brewing arts. It is less than two…


by Lister Delgado, Managing Partner

Following up on our recent post that touches on the geographic thesis posited by IDEA Fund Partners, today we would like to focus on one of the top places to live in the country, and according to many, one of the best places to start a high growth business. I am referring to our home metro area, the region of the Research Triangle (RDU).

With a population of 2.1M people, the Raleigh-Durham metro area is constantly mentioned in many lists as one of the best places to “fill in the blank” in the country. Affectionally…


By John Cambier, Managing Partner

As we discussed in a recent post, IDEA Fund Partners’ geographic thesis is built around finding those key metro areas in the United States that have the right mix of ingredients, outcomes and competition. At the top of the list is our neighbor to the South, Atlanta.

With a population of just over 6 million in 2020, the metro Atlanta region is the second largest in the Southeast — just behind Miami-Ft. Lauderdale — and the 9th largest in the country. As importantly, it is the 4th fastest growing over the past decade among the…


An Inside Look through the Eyes of Our Fall 2020 Venture Fellows Cohort

Last Fall, IDEA Fund Partners hosted our latest class of Venture Fellows, a rebranded program to provide on-the-job experience to student and young professionals looking to learn more about venture capital. These Fellows from around the country were not merely observers on the sidelines -they played an integral part in the team by being fully immersed in the deal review, due diligence, and broader strategy of the firm. Their contributions and insights will last much longer than the ten weeks they spent with us. …


By Chris Langford, Partner

The evolution of IDEA Fund Partners’ investment thesis has been one of the most interesting and rewarding exercises that I have been involved in professionally. As the firm has doubled in size over the last 18 months from the two original team members to include myself and our Principal Joe and as our ambitions have grown along with it, we have been thoroughly evaluating every aspect of the IFP platform. This includes future fund size, check sizes, investor composition, geographic focus and areas of interest. Through this blog series, we will continue to unveil that evolution…

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