We believe that our commitment to supporting entrepreneurial ambition and economic empowerment in North Carolina is best achieved by working in partnership with others. Since 2016, our NC IDEA ECOSYSTEM grant program has awarded nearly $3.5 million to 35 strategic partners across the state doing inspired things to help entrepreneurs.

Now through October 9th, NC IDEA is accepting applications from organizations executing innovative and transformational ideas to strengthen the infrastructure of North Carolina’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, specifically in service to under-represented entrepreneurs, defined as:

  • Entrepreneurs that identify as Female, and/or
  • Entrepreneurs that identify as Minority (or Persons of Color), and/or
  • Entrepreneurs that are located in counties designated as “Tier 1” or “Tier 2” by the N.C. Department of Commerce

**The proposal must focus on at least one of these three populations of under-represented entrepreneurs, but can aim to support more than one of the described populations.

We welcome applications from nonprofit and for-profit organizations within North Carolina that help people start and grow high potential firms, i.e. firms with the potential to grow into a multi-million dollar company and/or employ more than 50 people within 5-7 years. Applicants may request any amount of funding up to but not exceeding $150,000 of total funding. Grant payments should align with specific activities, and funding will be allocated according to milestones and scheduled payments over a 12-to-24 month period.

Learn more and apply.