About Us


OUR MISSION: Strengthen the economy of North Carolina through a strategic combination of grants and programs, deployed directly and through a network of partners, in furtherance of our Vision to help people achieve their entrepreneurial potential.

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. Read More

Our Impact

Our work is based on a simple but powerful goal; foster economic development in North Carolina by supporting entrepreneurs and a diverse group of organizations throughout the state that also share in our ambition. Read More

Our History

Established in 2006, NC IDEA's primary focus was making seed grants directly to young technology companies. In July 2015, we converted to a private foundation and expanded our ambition to support the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem. Read More

Case Studies

NC IDEA is fortunate to work with companies that care about making the world a better place. We celebrate their hard work, and invite you to learn more about the differences they are making. Read More