Office Locations:

320 Blackwell Street, Suite 400
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-941-5600
Fax: 919-941-5630



  • Early
  • Seed



  • Energy & Clean Tech
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Medical Device



    Founded in 2005, and formerly known as MCNC Ventures, NC IDEA assists entrepreneurial companies with seed and early stage funding through traditional venture capital, as well as pre-venture stage funding via its grants program. NC IDEA focuses on helping companies in the following areas: information technology, medical diagnostics and devices, material sciences, and green technologies. For earlier-stage investments, NC IDEA will seek a position on the company's board of directors. For later-stage investments, the firm will seek a board seat or observer rights to board meetings. NC IDEA will focus its investment resources primarily on companies headquartered or operating within the state of North Carolina. NC IDEA awards selected projects an amount of up to $50,000.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Andrea Cook Grants Program Manager
    Thom Ruhe President and Chief Executive Officer


    Portfolio companies include:

      Arcametrics Systems
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      BioShape Solutions
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      Cooperative Entertainment
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      Gema Touch
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      Lucerno Dynamics
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      Open Connect
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      Patagonia Health
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      Sarda Technology
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      Scion NeuroStim
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      Spring Metrics
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      The Coaching Mark
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