Most startups fail because they run out of money or they run out of time. NC IDEA SEED offers companies the critical funding they need to validate and advance ideas or scale faster in order to gain customers and attract further investment. NC IDEA SEED provides grant funding to innovative startups, from ideation to profitability.

Since the inception of NC IDEA in 2006, NC IDEA SEED has awarded over $5.6 million in grant funding to 131 companies throughout the state. Nearly 70 percent of these companies are still operating today; collectively these companies have raised over $220 million in both equity and non-dilutive funding and have generated over 1,000 jobs.

$50K Seed Grant Eligibility Criteria

The NC IDEA SEED evaluation process is rigorous and extremely competitive. Companies must meet certain criteria in order to be considered for grant funding.

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$50K Seed Grant Program Details

NC IDEA SEED supports business activities that validate target markets and reduces risk associated with early stage companies.

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Micro-Grant Pilot Program

The NC IDEA SEED Micro-Grant Pilot Program awards micro-grants to deserving companies not yet positioned for our traditional $50K seed grants.

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