Grants & Programs


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

NC IDEA LABS

NC IDEA LABS is an intensive program for founders developing an idea or product that needs validation through customer discovery. Read More

NC IDEA SEED

NC IDEA SEED provides grant funding to innovative startups, typically between proof of concept and profitability. Read More

NC IDEA SOAR

NC IDEA SOAR supports female entrepreneurs leading scalable businesses raise capital through mentorship, strategic advice and connections. Read More

NC IDEA LEAD

NC IDEA LEAD provides personalized leadership training for founders and executives of high-potential, high-growth companies. Read More

NC IDEA ECOSYSTEM

NC IDEA ECOSYSTEM funds organizations across the state that execute creative programs to support entrepreneurs and strengthen North Carolina as a national exemplar for entrepreneurship. Read More

NC IDEA ENGAGE

NC IDEA ENGAGE supports individuals and organizations by helping them offer programs, organize events and facilitate activity that brings like-minded folks together to celebrate and promote entrepreneurship. Read More