CED Member NC IDEA announced today that it will be hosting several information sessions to discuss its grant process and eligibility criteria. All sessions are being held the week prior to the official opening of the organization’s fourteenth grant cycle, which takes place on August 13, 2012.
Interested applicants can attend one of three information sessions being held prior to the opening of NC IDEA’s Fall 2012 Grants Cycle.
• Wednesday, August 8th – NC IDEA and Groundwork Labs ‘Brown Bag Lunch’ Q&A Session
• Thursday, August 9th – NC IDEA Fall 2012 Info Session **via WEBINAR**
• Friday, August 10th – NC IDEA Fall 2012 Charlotte Info Session hosted by Packard Place
The information sessions are aimed at giving interested applicants an overview of NC IDEA’s grant process and criteria, and help explain how to apply for a grant, what is looked for in an application and what types of companies are eligible for funding. In each of the sessions, participants will also gain insight from recent grant winners on their experience with the application process and what they are planning to accomplish with their grant money.
Interested parties can confirm their attendance at any of these sessions by visiting www.ncidea.org and following the registration link on the homepage.
The upcoming grant opportunity for NC-based entrepreneurs and companies, and those looking to locate to North Carolina, will open on Monday, August 13th. Companies focused on software, information technology, medical devices or material sciences are encouraged to apply. All interested companies must submit an application prior to the final pre-proposal deadline of Friday, September 7th to be considered. A full timeline can be located at the NC IDEA website.
NC IDEA’s grants program is a catalyst for technological breakthroughs that have a significant potential to successfully transition into commercially viable high-growth enterprises. The grants, which are up to $50,000 per recipient, support business plan research and development, reduce risk of early failure and advance projects to the point of suitability for angel or venture capital investment. In addition to the funding, NC IDEA and its network of seasoned business and technology partners mentor and guide the grant recipients through the complex growth cycles that young companies encounter, while also connecting the startups with other investors, institutions and business leaders to maximize their prospects for commercial success.
To learn more, attend an info session and to apply for an NC IDEA grant, visit www.ncidea.org.