DURHAM, NC – September 30, 2014 – NC IDEA, an organization committed to supporting business innovation and economic advancement in North Carolina, announced today that it has selected 19 semi-finalists from across the state in its 18th grant cycle to-date. These semi-finalists were chosen from nearly 100 applications received from NC-based startups focused on software, information technology, medical devices or material sciences.

The 19 NC IDEA Fall 2014 Grant Cycle semi-finalists include:

  • 2ndLifeTech – Clemmons, NC
  • Akili Software – Raleigh, NC
  • Cathedral Innovation Group – Charlotte, NC
  • Digital Phenomena – Durham, NC
  • EMPLOYUS – Raleigh, NC
  • Finnoxa – Durham, NC
  • FPJ Enterprises – Cornelius, NC
  • Freebooksy – Carrboro, NC
  • Intelligent Campus Solutions – Cary, NC
  • Legal Software Solutions – Raleigh, NC
  • Mati Energy – Durham, NC
  • Mindset Systems – Chapel Hill, NC
  • MusicBox – Durham, NC
  • RevBoss – Durham, NC
  • Undercover Colors – Raleigh, NC
  • Upswing – Raleigh, NC
  • Versame – Huntersville, NC
  • WeSkill – Charlotte, NC
  • WhittleDATA – Wilmington, NC


The semi-finalists have been invited to submit a full, more detailed proposal by mid-October. Finalists will then be selected at the beginning of November to present before a review panel comprised of experienced investors, industry experts and entrepreneurs. Approximately four to six grant recipients will be announced in early December. The grants, which are up to $50,000 per recipient, support business plan research and development, reduce the risk of early failure and advance projects to the point of suitability for angel or venture capital investment. In addition to the funding, winners will also benefit from mentoring by successful entrepreneurs and experienced investors; use of MBA interns; in-kind services from attorneys, accountants and marketing consultants; public recognition and access to growth capital.

Several months ago, NC IDEA announced the organization’s latest grant recipients from its Spring 2014 cycle: AnyCloud, CellBreaker, CrowdTunes, Eighty Percent Solutions, Lea(R)n and Pack Purchase. Since its inception in 2006, NC IDEA’s grant program has awarded over $3.4M to 88 companies across the state.

NC IDEA, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, targets promising technology companies that need help bridging the gap between initial product development and venture capital funding. The organization helps young, innovative companies mainly by providing early financing in the form of grants. NC IDEA further supports its grant winning companies by leveraging the organization’s solid partnerships and strategic alliances to assist companies through research phases, business challenges and growth goals. Learn more at www.ncidea.org.