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


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

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

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

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


Breakout Labs
A competitive funding model to support early stage companies in their pursuit of radical scientific information.

Cherokee Challenge
The Cherokee Challenge is a startup competition and accelerator designed to identify, fund and develop high impact environmental business ventures

Groundwork Labs
Generates momentum for North Carolina startups and helps prepare them for funding opportunities such as grants, accelerators or angel investment

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 experts

Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC)
Like a VC bootcamp for entrepreneurs, at a VCIC event entrepreneurs can spend an enire day as a featured speaker with VCs, refine pitch feedback from the world's top MBA students, and learn about deal structure through mock term sheets

A free educational resource about venture capital for entrepreneurs, investors and students

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


TechJournal South
WRAL Tech Wire


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