For Entrepreneurs


Whether you have an idea or have already launched your startup, we deliver grants and programs that help you take that next leap or scale operations. By building trust and working closely with entrepreneurs, we strive to ensure greater impact and long-term sustainability for the companies we serve.

NC IDEA LABS

NC IDEA LABS is an intensive program for founders developing an idea or product that needs validation through customer discovery. Read More

NC IDEA MICRO

NC IDEA MICRO awards small, project-based grants to young companies looking to validate and advance their idea. Read More

NC IDEA SEED

NC IDEA SEED offers early stage companies the critical funding they need to scale faster. Read More

NC IDEA SOAR

NC IDEA SOAR addresses the issues and needs particular to female founders through content and programming. Read More

NC IDEA LEAD

NC IDEA LEAD provides personalized leadership training for founders and executives of high-potential, high-growth companies. Read More

Investment Crowdfunding Grant

NC IDEA is partnering with Localstake NC to support investment crowdfunding in North Carolina. Read More

Our Companies

Learn more about the 250+ innovative companies that have been supported by NC IDEA through grants and programs since our inception in 2006. 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