Our Services

To assist in growing local start-ups, The Thomas Center provides education, personalized consulting, and networking opportunities, all within its modern state-of-the-art facility

Co-Working Space

Our Co-Working Space is located in the main lobby. It is a no-cost area open to the community and students at UNC Pembroke. Clients have access to our internet, restrooms and quiet area to research their entrepreneurial endeavors and business ideas.

Ideation Lab

The Ideation Lab is a place for the entrepreneurial community to gather, have fun, and inspire creativity. It features a colorful, relaxed atmosphere with state-of-the-art audiovisual technology, communication boards, and comfortable furniture. And if you get stuck, you can always Ask Google!

Jumpstart Program

Our Jumpstart program is a 12-week, 12 milestone program that helps entrepreneurs develop their raw ideas into a well-developed, fully vetted business plan.  During the first six weeks of the program, we focus on ensuring your idea is sound, including running it through our proprietary business simulation.  Once the idea is qualified, we focus on generating demand, establishing management structure and control, and funding growth.  The final product is business plan from which you can launch your business, gain funds, and manage your growth.  In short, we help you start, grow and succeed!

"Big Dozen" Milestones

  1. Ideas-to-Paper
  2. Concept Optimization
  3. First Pass Feasibility
  4. "Waimoe" Business Simulation
  5. Prototype "Fail Fast, Fail Cheap"
  6. Death Threats Identified
  7. Demand Generation
  8. Financials
  9. Management Controls
  10. First Pass Business Plan
  11. Funding Options
  12. Final Business Plan

Maker's Space

Our Maker’s Space gives entrepreneurs a unique opportunity to create prototypes so they can “Fail Fast Fail Cheap” and optimize their idea for consumers, investors and manufacturers.