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 and economic potential of entrepreneurs in North Carolina.

 

2019

NC IDEA hosts first-ever statewide Ecosystem Summit.

2019

NC IDEA surpasses $10 million in grants awarded across all Foundation programs.

2018

NC IDEA completes 25th NC IDEA SEED grant cycle.

2018

NC IDEA pilots NC IDEA MICRO and awards $150,000 to 15 startups.

2018

NC IDEA commits to statewide rollout of the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program with the ambitious goal to educate 100,000 North Carolinians with an entrepreneurial mindset.

2017

NC IDEA surpasses $5 million in grants awarded directly to companies through NC IDEA SEED.

2017

NC IDEA awards first NC IDEA ENGAGE grant.

2016

NC IDEA launches NC IDEA ECOSYSTEM, granting $1.35 million to 11 organizations across North Carolina

2016

NC IDEA SOAR, a program that began as SoarTriangle in 2014, is integrated into the Foundation.

2016

NC IDEA awards its 100th NC IDEA SEED grant.

2016

Thom Ruhe joins NC IDEA as CEO and President.

2015

NC IDEA converts to a private foundation.

2015

Groundwork Labs, now known as NC IDEA LABS is integrated into the Foundation.

2012

Groundwork Labs, now known as NC IDEA LABS is launched with funding from NC IDEA.

2010

NC IDEA provides funding to Joystick Labs, a video game accelerator program.

2006

NC IDEA awards its first seven seed grants directly to CardioVascular Resonances, DeltaSphere, Illuminus, ImagineOptix, InsituTec, TransLoc and ZumaTek.

2005

NC IDEA is born. David Rizzo creates NC IDEA from MCNC.