We empower North Carolinians to achieve their entrepreneurial potential.

In 2005, NC IDEA began with a simple focus; to decrease the funding gap for early stage companies. Through “no strings attached” grant funding, we became a catalyst for the advancement of high growth, technology-based companies in North Carolina.  

Over time, and with persistent effort, we have developed a powerful combination of grants and programs to help entrepreneurs when they need it most. We empower North Carolinians from mountains to coast with an entrepreneurial mindset while nurturing ideas with the potential for great economic impact. Our resources are highly competitive and we partner with organizations from across the state to identify and support North Carolina’s most ambitious entrepreneurs.

We believe entrepreneurs transform communities and view our work as a catalyst for positive change.





We serve North Carolina entrepreneurs who are building innovative companies at the threshold of transformative growth. 

These entrepreneurs have the potential to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges and safeguard the world for future generations. Their companies are creating a lasting impact in their local communities by securing investment, producing jobs and building wealth.

Since 2016, we have awarded nearly $8M in grants to some of our state’s most promising companies.



We support entrepreneurs from across the state. Increasingly, we focus on supporting the underserved entrepreneurs of North Carolina by addressing the issues and needs particular to female and minority founders, as well as rural entrepreneurs. We are committed to providing opportunity for all entrepreneurs vital to economic prosperity.

We work with entrepreneurs who are transforming their communities . Learn more about their inspiring work.


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