Sean O'Leary, Interim Executive Director
Prior to joining NC IDEA as Interim Executive Director, Sean was CEO and president of RTP-based StrikeIron, which sold to Informatica in June 2014. Sean has over twenty years of technology sales and operations related experience with a proven track record in building and leading global organizations for both Fortune 500 companies and venture-backed enterprises.
Andrea Cook, Grants Program Manager
Andrea manages the grants program and marketing efforts at NC IDEA. She has been involved in the Research Triangle’s entrepreneurial community for over twelve years serving in varying marketing and communications roles within well-known and respected entrepreneurial support organizations, investment firms and professional services firms. In addition to her role at NC IDEA, she works closely with IDEA Fund Partners, the organization's affiliated venture fund, and Groundwork Labs, NC IDEA’s most recent initiative, on their marketing strategies and outreach efforts.
Andrea received a B.A. in Journalism and a Minor in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.