About Think Ideally

Our story

Founders Cara Florence and Nicole Young met in 2013 while working at a Charleston-based startup company and quickly realized they shared a passion for solving problems.   Soon after, they tackled their first venture together, My Day at Care, to solve a parent engagement/child care management pain point.  It didn’t take long to realize there was a bigger issue – entrepreneurs don’t have access to the resources and clear guidance they need other than your typical co-working space.  That’s when Think Ideally was born.

Unlike a co-working space, Think Ideally launched in January 2015 with a one-stop shop approach to services and a complete ecosystem of support that included: student and entrepreneur learning programs (Entrepreneur Fast Track), investment opportunities and immersive incubation.  In July of 2015, Think Ideally expanded their offerings to include corporate services and programs with intrapreneur learning programs and internal innovation competitions starting with the Innovation Hackathon at Michelin. Since then, these corporate programs have expanded to numerous colleges and corporate enterprises nationwide.

In their first 10 months, Think Ideally grew to 5 portfolio companies, opened a second office in Greenville, South Carolina led by Chief Engagement Officer, Ryan Heafy, and Chief Development Officer, Jared Hartzell, and have projected revenues of over 7 figures by the end of 2015, exceeding first year’s business goals.

Founders

Cara Florence

Co-founder & Managing Partner

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As Managing Partner, Florence focuses on the overall management of Think Ideally’s clients, portfolio companies and its’ subsidiary companies.  While sharing this role with her business partner, she provides leadership to the team in areas such as business development, government relations and management of the Board of Directors of which Think Ideally’s co-founders serve.

Nicole Young

Co-founder & Managing Partner

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As Managing Partner, Young focuses on the overall management of Think Ideally’s clients, portfolio companies and its’ subsidiary companies.  While sharing this role with her business partner, she provides leadership to the team in areas such as technology and product development, brand identity and business operations.

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