We serve North Carolina entrepreneurs who are building innovative companies at the threshold of transformative growth. 

These entrepreneurs have the potential to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges and safeguard the world for future generations. Their companies are creating a lasting impact in their local communities by securing investment, producing jobs and building wealth.

Since 2016, we have awarded over $7M in grants to some of our state’s most promising companies.



We support entrepreneurs from across the state. Increasingly, we focus on supporting the underserved entrepreneurs of North Carolina by addressing the issues and needs particular to female and minority founders, as well as rural entrepreneurs. We are committed to providing opportunity for all entrepreneurs vital to economic prosperity.

We work with entrepreneurs who are transforming their communities . Learn more about their inspiring work.


Glean Case Study


LoanWell Case Study


SeaChange Technologies Case Study


We hope these stories inspire those with means or access to increase our capacity to help more North Carolinians reach their entrepreneurial potential. Simply stated; with more we can help more entrepreneurs when they need it most.


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When you give to NC IDEA, your contribution empowers entrepreneurs to reach their full potential and provides support when they need it most.