About Us


NC IDEA is a private foundation with a mission to maximize the economic potential of the people of North Carolina by supporting the formation and fruition of high-growth entrepreneurial endeavors in the state.

Meet the Team

The team at NC IDEA shares the vision and values of the ecosystem we serve. We value collaboration, both with each other, and within and amongst the broader community. Our diverse experiences and extensive networks… Read More

Our Impact

Since our inception in 2006, NC IDEA has supported over 250 companies through its grants and programs. Our work is based on a simple but powerful goal; foster economic development in North Carolina by helping… Read More

Our History

Established in 2006, NC IDEA focused primarily on making grants directly to young technology companies. In July 2015, we converted to a private foundation, with an expanded ambition to support the entrepreneurial ecosystems and economic… Read More