NC IDEA Selects 24 Semi-Finalists for Spring 2022 SEED Grant Cycle


DURHAM, NC – March 28, 2022 – NC IDEA, a private foundation committed to supporting entrepreneurial ambition and economic empowerment in North Carolina, announced today that the organization has selected 24 semi-finalists from across the state in its 33rd SEED grant cycle.

“The incredible range of geography and founder demographics of all SEED applicants translated into one of the most diverse groups of semi-finalists in the 16-year history of the program,” said Thom Ruhe, President and CEO of NC IDEA. “It never gets easier to narrow down the field of competitive contenders, but we look forward to learning more about the group that is moving forward to the next phase,” Ruhe added.

The 24 Spring 2022 NC IDEA SEED Semi-Finalists include:

828 Labs LLC – Candler, NC
Botanical Bones – Asheville, NC
Buzy – Charlotte, NC
Cicil – Wilmington, NC
CopyForward Inc. – Winston-Salem, NC
Coyle Solar – Wilmington, NC
Cybershield Security – Huntersville, NC
Essential Personnel – Wilmington, NC
Gatherware, Inc – Davidson, NC
GRADIFY – Charlotte, NC
Green Solutions Group, LLC – Salisbury, NC
Hot Route Analytics, LLC – Charlotte, NC
Information Patterns – Durham, NC
InStryde – Winston-Salem, NC
Kind Cultures – Wilmington, NC
MESKA Solutions – Polkton, NC
Nurtured Nest – Holly Springs, NC
Sarilla – Asheville, NC
Sister Girl Publishing LLC – Halifax, NC
Well Seasoned Table – Candler, NC
West End Learning – Winston-Salem, NC
WH Farms Co. – Charlotte, NC
Wholistics.Health – Efland, NC
Worxstr – Charlotte, NC

The semi-finalists have been invited to submit a full proposal with greater details by early April. Finalists will then be selected to present before a review panel comprised of experienced investors, industry experts and entrepreneurs. Grant recipients will be announced in mid-May. The $50,000 grants are intended to support business activities that validate target markets, reduce risk associated with early stage companies and help companies get to the point of suitability for growth; whether through investment or revenue.

NC IDEA is an independent private foundation committed to empowering North Carolinians to achieve their entrepreneurial potential. Through our powerful combination of competitive grants and programs, and a network of strategic partners, we help entrepreneurs when they need it most. NC IDEA’s resources are highly competitive, enabling the foundation to support North Carolina’s most ambitious entrepreneurs. We believe entrepreneurs transform communities and view our work as a catalyst for positive change. Learn more at

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