Nc idea

NC IDEA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization created to serve as a catalyst for young, high-growth, technology companies in North Carolina. They help these innovative companies mainly by providing early financing in the form of grants.

Amy Bastian

Senior Director

Andrea Cook


Thom Ruhe

President and CEO

320 past transactions

Flux Hybrids

Grant in 2021
Flux Hybrids is a developer of a hybrid conversion technology to enhance a vehicle's fuel efficiency. Its technology provides a significant uplift in fuel economy and reduction in fuel expense, making the kits cost-neutral also the conversion kits integrates into the vehicle's drivetrain, reducing it's carbon footprint, and enable customers to get access to a universal conversion kit for retrofitting gas vehicles to hybrids. The company was founded in 2019 and is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina.


Grant in 2014
AnyCloud is the only secure web service where consumers can centrally find, manage, and enjoy all their photos – from any photo service, cloud storage, social network, or email – neatly organized on one web site. Given the flood of photos that consumers have spread across multiple services, AnyCloud provides a central portal that helps them save time and enjoy their photos more with family and friends. The AnyCloud team has deep expertise in managing distributed services through centralized portals within companies like Fanfare, SkyPilot, and Turnstone. The team understands the complexities of deep API integration with 3rd-party services, knows how to build and scale cloud services, and has experience with exposing APIs to external developers. To complement the team, AnyCloud has recruited an advisory board from companies like Mint, LimeLife, and Lemon with significant experience in consumer customer acquisition, partnerships, and branding. AnyCloud has five provisional patents already filed to provide “credential brokering”, which allows users to share and transfer content between online services. AnyCloud is the only software-only company that is poised to provide consumers with an easy-to-use and elegant solution to managing and mastering the flood of digital photos from across their connected life. Given that the AnyCloud service does not actually store content but instead acts as a software bridge and portal across services, AnyCloud operates strictly as a cloud software company.

EmployUs Inc.

Grant in 2014
EmployUs Inc. develops a mobile-first hiring application that provides users with cash rewards for connecting companies with successful job applicants. Its application enables users to view and refer a candidate for job and earn when their referrals are hired. The company was founded in 2014 and is based in Cary, North Carolina.


Grant in 2008
Corevist, Inc. develops web based order management system for business-to business transactions. The company provides SAP web-based order management integration services. The solutions include real-time inventory and order posting, contract based pricing, maps to Magento user, and tiered pricing, and SAP and Magento integration services. It caters to commercial products, consumer products, manufacturing, medical devices, and replacement parts industry. The company was formerly known as b2b2dot0, Inc. Corevist, Inc. was founded in 2008 and is based in Raleigh, North Carolina with an additional office in Essen, Germany.

Smart Girls HQ

Grant in 2020
Smart Girls HQ is the best parenting resource designed for the parents of girls aged 3 to 12. Smart Girls HQ is to demystify STEM for you and your girls and, by doing so, inspire a generation of fearless female leaders and innovators!

SiNON Therapuetics

Grant in 2017
SiNON is dedicated to improving the lives of those who suffer from debilitating neurological diseases by increasing the ability of drugs to cross the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB).

Acta Solutions

Grant in 2021
Acta builds the democratic capability for governments to make data-backed, community-driven decisions where all stakeholder voices are heard and valued.

BioMedomics, Inc.

Grant in 2008
BioMedomics, Inc. manufactures and markets bioscience products and medical devices. The company’s products includes deoxyribonucleic acid research reagents; human, mouse, and rat genepool products; tissue array products; and antibodies. It designs and develops real-time cell electronic sensing technology for analyzing cell-based assay procedures. The company offers contract assay services such as cell proliferation, cytotoxicity, adhesion, viability, and invasion. Additionally, it provides drug discovery, research, and development services. BioMedomics is based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

ProAxion, Inc.

Grant in 2016
ProAxion, Inc. manufactures cloud-connected sensors that facilitate predictive maintenance to industrial machinery operations. The company develops TACTIX to remotely monitor the health of rotating machines. It offers low-power sensors and cloud computing technologies that help industrial facilities improve uptime and reliability, and optimize the total cost of operations and maintenance. ProAxion, Inc. was incorporated in 2015 and is based in Cary, North Carolina.


Grant in 2019
Protect3d is a leveraging 3D technologies to bring custom protective devices to athletes and competitors everywhere.We are striving to help athletes everywhere by making 3D technology more accessible to the everyday user.

Cell Microsystems

Grant in 2011
Cell Microsystems is an early growth stage company that develops, manufactures, and markets innovative products for single cell biology. The Company’s proprietary CellRaft™ Technology enables high-efficiency sorting and isolation of single cells under standard culture conditions resulting in unperturbed phenotypes and high viability. Coupled with the Company’s automated imaging platform, a user can select a cell in real-time and ‘track and trace’ that cell through imaging, collection and downstream analysis. By sorting during real-time imaging, no cells are wasted enabling single cell isolation from even small, precious samples. The CellRaft Technology offers scalable solutions making cell separation technology available for every lab.

Darë Vegan Cheese

Grant in 2021
Darë Vegan Cheese is Using the same traditional cheesemaking techniques, sans dairy, Darë Vegan Cheese creates an amazing, artisan, aged, alternative. Our culturing process creates gut-healthy probiotics that both flavor our cheeses, and give back to your body.


Grant in 2008
Valencell produces the most accurate wearable biometric sensor systems in the world – making them the leaders in biometric technologies and design. Valencell develops performance biometric sensor technology and provides this patent-protected technology to consumer electronics manufacturers, wearables and hearables developers, medical device makers, and sports and fitness brands for integration into their products. Valencell’s technology can be used in wearables and hearables for virtually anyone, anywhere, doing anything. Their technology is scalable to multiple form-factors such as earbuds, smartwatches, armbands and wrist devices. Valencell’s technology has been used in devices from HUAWEI, Sony, LG, Bose, Jabra, Suunto, Scosche, and many more.

BatteryXchange, Inc.

Grant in 2021
BatteryXchange connects businesses, communities, & people to things that matter to each entity the most. We've developed a rental platform for power banks that connects businesses and communities through the exchange of informative mobile kiosks machines.

Keona Health, Inc.

Grant in 2011
Keona Health's Online Triage is a completely new way for nurse advice lines to increase efficiency and expand access to patients. How does Keona Online Triage increase the productivity of your triage process? - Patients answer standard triage protocol questions online, saving the nurse time. - Patients get an instant recommendation for scheduling and self-care on simple cases. - Nurses only follow up with patients who want to talk to the nurse, or need it based on their problem.


Grant in 2021
Stemz is a built-to-work for floral creatives, flower farmers & retail clients.

Guerrilla RF

Grant in 2019
Guerrilla RF, Inc. develops and manufactures monolithic microwave integrated circuits for wireless infrastructure market. The company’s products include broadband low noise amplifiers (LNAs)/linear drivers; WLAN LNAs; and broadband LNAs/gain blocks. Its products are used in various applications, such as wireless backhaul; cellular repeaters/signal boosters; enterprise/carrier-class Wi-Fi access points; small cells; and base stations and distributed antenna systems. The company was founded in 2013 and is based in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The Wed Clique

Grant in 2016
The Wed Clique is the first digital showroom for wedding professionals. We provide premium portfolio tools to help vendors showcase their work and get discovered by clients.

canopy lawncare

Grant in 2014
Canopy is a landscaping company that uses technology for consumers to purchase and schedule lawn maintenance services. It uses technology to streamline operations and improve communications in order to provide an exceptional employee and customer experience. The company provides lawn care and landscaping, from weed control and fertilization to mowing and maintenance, in an environmentally responsible and intelligent fashion. Canopy Lawn Care was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Cary, North Carolina.


Grant in 2019
FeedStation is a turnkey, cloud-based service that seamlessly connects your business with popular online marketplaces. Their platform captures specific business requirements, and their powerful integration engine works with the data your customers already have. Their customers get just what they need to thrive in today's competitive environment.


Grant in 2006
ZumaTek, Inc. develops 3D dedicated imaging technologies for the lesion detection to treat breast cancer before it has formed a tumor or spread to lymph nodes. It develops devices that are used to monitor the progress of radiation therapy or chemotherapy in breast cancer patients as it is able to non-invasively detect chemical changes in the cancer cells. The company’s devices can also be combined with on-board biopsy or treatment devices. ZumaTek was incorporated in 2005 and is based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


Grant in 2011
BoostSuite Corp develops Website marketing tools. It allows small business marketers to get more Website visitors, sales leads, and customers by optimizing their Websites on their own. The company was incorporated in 2011 and is based in Durham, North Carolina. As of September 14, 2017, BoostSuite Corp operates as a subsidiary of Atlantic Business Technologies Inc.


Grant in 2014
RevBoss, Inc. provides on-demand sales development software and services for B2B/SaaS companies worldwide. It offers RevBoss, an on-demand sales engine to automate the sales prospecting process, including sourcing prospects, cleaning data, deploying campaigns, testing campaigns, and more. The company was formerly known as Catfoxtail, LLC. RevBoss, Inc. was founded in 2012 and is based in Durham, North Carolina.


Grant in 2018
ExLattice is 3D printing Company.


Grant in 2007
Oncoscope, Inc. operates as a medical device company. It develops optical imaging systems for epithelial tissues in the oral cavity, esophagous, stomach, colon, lung, cervix, and bladder. Its systems provide in vivo measurements of the diameter and density of cell nuclei. The company was founded in 2006 and is based in Durham, North Carolina.

ImpathIQ, Inc.

Grant in 2016
At Impathiq, Inc., we create intelligently integrated electronic medical record (EMR) clinical decision support solutions that empower hospitals to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs. We are passionate about shaping the future of healtcare, and we invite you to become a part our mission to make clinical decisions safer, more personalized, and more precise, for the benefit of all patients.

Devil's Foot Beverage

Grant in 2018
Devil’s Foot Beverage, is a new craft beverage company in Asheville specializing in making non-alcoholic ginger beer and other sparkling water drinks made with fresh, local ingredients, is slowly rolling out its product around town.


Grant in 2020
Arpio is a SaaS that eliminates downtime for AWS applications by making it easy to recover from any outage in just a few minutes.

Trio Labs

Grant in 2017
Trio-Labs’ Digital Manufacturing technology is revolutionizing the way precision parts are manufactured worldwide. Trio Labs’ technology eliminates costs associated with tooling and increases the throughput of established high-volume production processes.

No Evil Foods

Grant in 2017
No Evil Foods has been featured in VOGUE Magazine,, FoodDive, Hemispheres Magazine and has been recognized by the Martha Stewart American Made Awards & the Made In NC Awards. NEF is currently distributed to hundreds of restaurants, universities, and grocery stores across 12 states including Whole Foods Market & Earth Fare.

PT Wired, Inc.

Grant in 2017
PT Wired, Inc. develops a physical therapy SaaS (software as a service) product that enables physical therapists to provide better service to patients while saving time in the process. Its features include customizable routines, accountability, documentation, reminders, communication, and accessibility. The company was incorporated in 2016 and is based in Durham, North Carolina.


Grant in 2008
Spoonflower is a community built around fabric and textile design. It offers custom fabric printing with no minimum order as well as as a marketplace of thousands of unique fabric designs by independent designers from around the world. The company has expanded its products to include custom wallpaper and gift wrap, in addition to fabric. Spoonflower uses eco-friendly digital textile printing technology and prints each order on demand using water-based inks. Crafters and small businesses use custom fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap from Spoonflower to make quilts, clothes, pillows, dolls, blankets, framed textile art and many, many other products.


Grant in 2006
Transloc's mission is to make transit the first choice for all. In its first ten years, Transloc created America's first live regional transit map, the first bus tracking mobile app, and was awarded a transit innovation award by the White House. Public transit should be the first and most convenient choice for people to travel within their community. Transloc is creating the technology that will enable transit to become that choice and we are working to change the future of mobility.

Jeddah’s Tea

Grant in 2019
Handcrafted, small-batch prepared iced teas from around the globe; made in Durham, NC.

Automated Insights

Grant in 2009
Automated Insights is a provider of content automation services. It is the creator of Wordsmith, the world’s first public natural language generation template engine. Wordsmith allows users to generate human-sounding narratives from data, making it easy to produce millions of personalized reports, articles, and narratives in the time it takes to write just one. The Wordsmith platform helps companies in data-driven industries, including financial services, e-commerce, real estate, business intelligence, media, and many others, achieve content scale, efficiency, and personalization. More than 200 customers, including Allstate, The Associated Press,, the Orlando Magic, and Yahoo! use Wordsmith to generate more than 1.5 billion pieces of content per year.


Grant in 2016
Ampogee provides employee based performance management systems for manufacturers. We know putting the proper systems in place to enable employees to do their best work is not only the fastest, most impactful way to drive change in an organization--it’s also the most sustainable. Our solutions enable customers to rapidly realize dramatic improvements in productivity, and ensure the cultural changes necessary to carry the impact into the future become embedded in the organization.


Grant in 2020
BlueRecruit creates a professional profile for skilled trade workers connecting them to employers. It allows employers to execute targeted searches for their individual talent needs. It was founded in 2019 and is based in Raleigh, North Carolina.