For Entrepreneurs

Whether you just have an idea or have already launched your startup, NC IDEA delivers programs that may help you take that next leap or scale your operations to grow a successful business with a lasting impact. By building trust and working collaboratively with entrepreneurs, we are working to ensure greater impact and long term sustainability for the companies we serve.

Learn more about our programs and initiatives that directly support entrepreneurs in their endeavors.


NC IDEA Labs is an intensive accelerator program for founders developing an idea or product that needs validation through customer discovery. NC IDEA Labs is: Coaching: We have a volunteer network of more than 75 of the Triangle’s best… Read More


NC IDEA Seed is a grant program that offers up to $50,000 in non-dilutive funding to selected companies. Grant solicitations take place twice a year, with the Spring cycle typically opening in mid-February and the… Read More


NC IDEA Soar addresses the proven funding gap facing female entrepreneurs in North Carolina. NC IDEA Soar helps females leading scalable businesses raise capital through mentorship, strategic advice, and connections. NC IDEA Soar is an… Read More