NC IDEA is committed to helping entrepreneurs and their businesses grow and succeed. The below resources may be helpful in providing opportunities and connections for entrepreneurs.


Biofuels Center of North Carolina

Essential resource for biofuels technology startups

Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network
Unique approach to accelerating the growth trajectory of promising startups in the Research Triangle Park region by linking serial, successful entrepreneurs to the region's next high growth companies

Bull City Forward
Connects social entrepreneurs in the Durham and Triangle region to resources, knowledge and relationships needed to realize the full potential of their social ventures

Accelerates the entrepreneurial culture of the Research Triangle and North Carolina by identifying, enabling and promoting high-growth, high-impact companies

Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Aims to put ideas into action by leveraging the innovations that grow at Duke University to make tangible, perceptible change through entrepreneurship

Helping entrepreneurs create, launch and operate their businesses by providing professional mentoring and business education programs that maximize the opportunity for success

Focused on North Carolina's medical technology industry and committed to assisting novel medical ideas reach patients at optimal speed and minimal cost

Works to strengthen UNC's innovation ecosystem to meet the needs of faculty, students, staff and community members as they translate their novel ideas into practical benefit and change the world

Innovate Raleigh
Serves as a regional catalyst for innovation by inspiring and assisting innovative thinkers, the entrepreneurial community and small business owners through collaboration, creativity and partnerships

NC State Entrepreneurship Initiative
Unites individual entrepreneurial projects and programs throughout NC State University to provide students with top-tier resources and opportunities

North Carolina Biosciences Organization (NCBIO)
Trade association for North Carolina's life science community

North Carolina Biotechnology Center

Government-sponsored organization dedicated to developing the biotechnology industry in North Carolina

North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA)
Statewide leadership organization that represents the North Carolina technology industry

Piedmont Triad Partnership
Devoted to marketing the twelve counties of the Piedmont Triad for business expansions and relocations

Queen City Forward
Encourage, enable and scale social entrepreneurs and enterprises to create a robust cluster of innovation in the Charlotte region

Small Business and Technology Development Center
Provides knowledge, education and other supportive resources to emerging entrepreneurs and existing small and mid-sized businesses in North Carolina

Addressing the proven funding gap facing promising female entrepreneurs starting scalable businesses in the Triagle with concrete actions: connections and access to capital

Southeast BIO
Fosters the growth of the life sciences industry in the Southeastern United States through efforts that promote entrepreneurship and bring together companies, investors, universities and support organizations active in the development of the industry

Startup NC
North Carolina's official Startup America Partnership region committed to providing valuable resources and connections to help early stage companies grow and growth companies accelerate their growth

TiE Carolinas
Fosters entrepreneurs by providing monthly workshops and informative programs to facilitate growth in all areas of development

UNC-W Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE)
Works to identify and nurture high-growth, high-impact companies and to accelerate the entrepreneurial ecosystem in southeastern North Carolina


Investment company that blends capital with creativity, experience and resolve to provide superior financial, environmental and social returns for investors, partners and communities

IDEA Fund Partners
Seed and early stage venture capital firm focused on investing in and working alongside innovative technology companies in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions

Innovation Fund North Carolina
Innovation Fund North Carolina is a statewide initiative led by Catawba Valley Community College as a Kauffman Foundation and Innovation Fund America pilot project in order to provide technology startups in North Carolina with the resources necessary to become thriving businesses.

NC Biotech Business Loans
Through the Business and Technology Development Program, the NC Biotech Center awards low-interest loans to promising emerging life science companies across the state. These loans are designed to help recipients meet meaningful research and commercial milestones.

NC Rural Economic Development Center
Manages two small business lending programs available through banks across North Carolina


Breakout Labs

Competitive funding model to support early stage companies in their pursuit of radical scientific information

Cherokee Challenge
Startup competition and accelerator designed to identify, fund and develop high impact environmental business ventures

First Flight Venture Center
Highly successful technology incubator for emerging companies in the IT, mobile, life science, medical device and green tech market segments

24/7 co-working space, located in the heart of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in Winston-Salem

Groundwork Labs
A program of NC IDEA that generates momentum for North Carolina startups and helps prepare them for funding opportunities such as grants, accelerators or angel investment

HQ Raleigh
Shared workspace designed to empower, foster and cultivate companies that produce long-term job growth and positive social impact

Launch Chapel Hill
Accelerate the development of high potential, high impact ventures in Chapel Hill and Orange County by giving founders access to: a community of peers who learn from, motivate and support one another; an engaged network of entrepreneurs-in-residence, mentors, scholars, alumni and experienced local entrepreneurs; and the space, knowledge and resources to achieve success or reduce the costs of failure

Packard Place
Hub of like-minded entrepreneurs sharing skills and business opportunities in Charlotte

RevTech Labs
Three month program focusing on early stage mobile, software and web companies that provides free work space, mentorship and programming all geared toward revolutionary technology startups

The Startup Factory
Runs an intensive three month program customized for early stage startup companies, providing $50,000 in seed capital, hands-on mentorship and access to a network of angels, startup founders and technology

Co-living space in Raleigh, NC where new entrepreneurs are launching scalable companies

Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC)
Day-long 'VC bootcamp' for entrepreneurs - brings together MBAs, startups and venture capitalists in an investment role playing simulation

Wireless Research Center of North Carolina
Non-profit wireless research hub offering a safe and trusted environment for invention and development of wireless technologies



World's most comprehensive dataset of startup activity accessible to everyone

PricewaterhouseCoopers MoneyTree
Quarterly study of venture capital investment activity in the United States

Free, educational resource about startup financing for entrepreneurs, investors and students
Digital doorway to companies, people and resources of the Triangle region with visual connections and information on area companies, people and events (powered by CED)


Exit Event
TechJournal South
WRAL Tech Wire


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