Grants & Programs

Through a strategic combination of grants and programs, we now support entrepreneurs and a diverse group of organizations throughout the state that are also helping them to succeed.

The mission of NC IDEA is to foster entrepreneurship in North Carolina. We do this by helping startups combine innovation, with inspiration and perspiration, to start high potential companies. Our activities help aspiring entrepreneurs overcome obstacles that can make the difference between growing a business and going out of business. We are committed to supporting North Carolina’s economic development by helping these young, innovative companies grow, create jobs and wealth, while becoming major contributors to the state’s business community. We endeavor to do these things via a strategic combination of grants and programs that provide the education, mentoring and capital that individuals need to be successful in their entrepreneurial journey.

Seed Grant

About the Seed Grant The NC IDEA Seed Grant 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… Read More

Groundwork Labs

The Groundwork Labs mindset revolves around three ideas: Coaching: we have a volunteer team of more than 50 of the Triangle’s best mentors, advisors, and speakers who provide hands-on guidance on every aspect of your… Read More


SoarTriangle addresses the proven funding gap facing female entrepreneurs starting scalable businesses in North Carolina through methods of mentorship and advocacy. Securing funding outside of the major entrepreneurial hubs is challenging for all founders, but… Read More

Ecosystem Partner Grant

NC IDEA’s Ecosystem Partner Grant program funds organizations across the state that execute creative programs to support entrepreneurs and strengthen North Carolina as a national exemplar for entrepreneurship. Launched in 2016, NC IDEA’s Ecosystem Partner… Read More