You are looking to grow and scale

Our $50K SEED grant may be just what you need to advance your startup, gain customers or attract future investment.

NC IDEA SEED offers early stage companies the critical funding they need to scale faster. Our $50K grants are awarded to innovative startups with a proven concept — even if they are not yet profitable. The funds, along with mentorship and guidance, push companies forward and reduce risk associated with growing startups.

Since 2006, NC IDEA SEED has awarded nearly $6 million in grant funding to 136 companies throughout the state. Nearly 70 percent of these companies are still operating today; collectively these companies have raised over $225 million in both equity and non-dilutive funding and have generated over 1,400 jobs.

Program Details

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

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Eligibility Criteria

Companies must meet certain criteria in order to be considered for NC IDEA SEED.

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