Grants to Strengthen North Carolina’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
DURHAM, NC – April 17,2020 – NC IDEA, a private foundation committed to supporting entrepreneurial ambition and economic empowerment in North Carolina, announced today, that the organization is awarding eight grants, totaling nearly $300K, to organizations throughout the state that support the Foundation’s vision to empower North Carolinians to achieve their entrepreneurial potential.
“We are committed to supporting entrepreneurial ambition and economic empowerment in North Carolina, which is advanced by working with partners around the state who share in our ambition,” said Thom Ruhe, President and CEO of NC IDEA. “By partnering with these organizations, we create greater opportunity to strengthen the infrastructure for North Carolina’s entrepreneurs who are vital to the economic recovery we need,” Ruhe added.
The eight NC IDEA ECOSYSTEM grant recipients are:
- ACCESS Center for Equity + Success – Winston-Salem, NC
- The Boost Pad – Charlotte, NC
- Code the Dream – Durham, NC
- CREATE – Chapel Hill, NC
- East Carolina University Miller School of Entrepreneurship – Greenville, NC
- Manufacturing Solutions Center – Conover, NC
- Piedmont Food Processing Center – Hillsborough, NC
- Thread Capital – Raleigh, NC
This new cohort of NC IDEA ECOSYSTEM grant recipients joins the 24 current ECOSYSTEM partners of the Foundation. The NC IDEA ECOSYSTEM grant program reflects NC IDEA’s commitment to strengthening the infrastructure for North Carolina’s entrepreneurs by providing grant funding to organizations that execute creative programs to support entrepreneurs.
About NC IDEA FOUNDATION
NC IDEA is an independent private foundation committed to empowering North Carolinians to achieve their entrepreneurial potential. Through our powerful combination of competitive grants and programs, and a network of strategic partners, we help entrepreneurs when they need it most. NC IDEA’s resources are highly competitive, enabling the foundation to support North Carolina’s most ambitious entrepreneurs. We believe entrepreneurs transform communities and view our work as a catalyst for positive change. Learn more at www.ncidea.org.