Congratulations to our 8 Spring 2021 NC IDEA SEED grant recipients!

“Just two weeks following our announcement of a record number of 19 MICRO grant recipients, we have now awarded the most SEED grants in one of the most competitive cycles to date,” said Thom Ruhe, CEO and President of NC IDEA. “Even more promising, is seeing our work to support equitable economic development through entrepreneurship and expand our statewide funding footprint directly reflected in the under-served communities represented in this diverse cohort,” Ruhe added.

The following eight Spring 2021 NC IDEA SEED grant recipients were chosen after a three-month competitive application and selection process that drew 174 applications from across the state:

Active Defender – Carthage, NC
Active Defender is a campus emergency tool that saves time and saves lives.

BatteryXchange – Charlotte, NC
BatteryXchange is a charging platform that connects people, businesses and communities to things that matter to each entity the most.

Couplet Care – Durham, NC
Couplet Care offers tools for improving patient safety and clinical efficiency while promoting positive mother and infant health outcomes.

Darë Vegan Cheese – Asheville, NC
Using the same traditional cheesemaking techniques, sans dairy, Darë Vegan Cheese creates an amazing, artisan, aged, alternative.

PROTECT3D – Durham, NC
PROTECT3D leverages 3D technology to give medical professionals the ability to provide fully custom protective devices.

Smart Girls HQ – Charlotte, NC
Smart Girls HQ creates engaging content and facilitates exciting experiences that enable elementary-aged girls to achieve STEM Career Literacy by age 12.

Stemz – Winston-Salem, NC
Stemz connects local flower farms to floral designers.

Your Minute Mechanic – Winterville, NC
Your Minute Mechanic provides convenient, low cost self-service auto diagnostics helping people navigate costly car repairs every day.

Read the full press release here.