NC IDEA is an independent private foundation committed to empowering North Carolinians to achieve their entrepreneurial potential.



Strengthen the economy of North Carolina through a strategic combination of grants and programs, deployed directly and through a network of partners, in furtherance of our Vision to help people achieve their entrepreneurial potential.

NC IDEA is an independent private, 501(c)(3) foundation whose vision is to help North Carolinians achieve their entrepreneurial ambition to start and grow high potential companies. NC IDEA fosters sustainable economic development with competitive grants and programs for entrepreneurs and funding to strengthen the North Carolina entrepreneurial ecosystem. NC IDEA offers grant funding and support on the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

Services Provided

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator
Primary Contact
Sarah Mixter
411 W Chapel Hill Street
Suite C2
Durham, NC 27701