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Advancing Entrepreneurship
EQUITABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT​

NC IDEA empowers North Carolinians to achieve their entrepreneurial potential by offering support when and where they need it most.

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Economic Impact
A CATALYST FOR POSITIVE CHANGE

NC IDEA is committed to providing opportunity for all entrepreneurs which is vital to North Carolina's economic prosperity.

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Celebrating Entrepreneurship
SUPPORTING STATEWIDE ACTIVITIES

Through partnering and collaborating with others, NC IDEA can help more high potential entrepreneurial endeavors take flight.

STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES

Support our work and engage directly with North Carolina startups.

ENGAGING COMMUNITIES

NC IDEA ENGAGE supports individuals and organizations to facilitate activity that brings like-minded folks together.

100,000 MINDSETS

An ambitious goal to embolden the power of entrepreneurial thinking through the deployment of Ice House.

NC IDEA announces over $1.1 Million in grants LIVE at 2021 Ecosystem Summit. 9 NC IDEA SEED grants and 15 Regional Impact grants were awarded across the state.

NC IDEA Footprint

Our work is based on a simple but powerful goal; foster economic development in North Carolina. Since 2006, NC IDEA has awarded grants to over 265 companies and hundreds of communities and partners from across the state with more than $14.7M+ in funding and tens of thousands of support programming hours.

Statewide Distribution of Grants by Region

FOCUS ON DIVERSITY

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP
COUNCIL

Elevating Black Entrepreneurship in North Carolina

The North Carolina Black Entrepreneurship Council (NC BEC) leads NC IDEA in its programmatic and grant making ambitions to address the challenges of Black entrepreneurship in North Carolina. The Council works closely with the Foundation to identify, recommend and support partners, grant recipients and programs to serve the entrepreneurial aspirations and economic potential of North Carolina’s Black community.

FOCUS ON DIVERSITY

NC BLACK
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
COUNCIL

Elevating Black Entrepreneurship in North Carolina

The North Carolina Black Entrepreneurship Council (NC BEC) leads NC IDEA in its programmatic and grant making ambitions to address the challenges of Black entrepreneurship in North Carolina. The Council works closely with the Foundation to identify, recommend and support partners, grant recipients and programs to serve the entrepreneurial aspirations and economic potential of North Carolina’s Black community.

FOR ENTREPRENEURS

Helping Entrepreneurs When They Need It Most

PROGRAMS

Our LABS program helps entrepreneurs take their first steps toward building a successful company through a guided approach to customer discovery.

GRANTS

Our MICRO and SEED grants are typically the initial source of outside capital for young, growth-oriented companies looking to advance their business.

RESOURCES

Beyond funding, we look to provide value to all entrepreneurs by sharing resources needed to build, launch and scale a successful business.

FOR THE ECOSYSTEM

Strengthening Economic Opportunity for All Communities

GRANTS

Our ENGAGE and ECOSYSTEM grants support statewide entrepreneurial activity and strengthen the infrastructure for North Carolina’s entrepreneurs.

PARTNERS

By working together with our network of statewide partners , we achieve our shared goals of advancing entrepreneurship in the state of North Carolina.

EVENTS

Entrepreneurship advocates come together to collaborate and address what is needed to support all entrepreneurs, creating a shared vision of making North Carolina the best place to start and grow a business.

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