Three companies in Durham one in Cary and one in Raleigh are getting a financial boost from NC IDEA.

The economic development group said Monday it had granted $200,000 to the five firms as part of its commitment to help startup companies grow in North Carolina. NC IDEA receives no equity as part of the funding.

The companies and the amount of the awards:

  • HEALTHeME – $36,000
  • PowerChalk – $36,000
  • RemedEase – $43,000
  • Scion NeuroStim – $40,000
  • Spring Metrics – $45,000

The maximum grant available was $50,000.

The five recipients, with information about each venture provided by NC IDEA:

  • HEALTHeME – Durham, N.C.

HEALTHeME’s digital therapeutics platform empowers people to manage their own health via the web and their mobile phone. The HEALTHeME platform combines clinical treatments and sophisticated artificial intelligence to create customized plans based on users’ lifestyles, health goals and personality type. Leveraging real-time coaching, social networks and the user’s own healthcare providers, HEALTHeME provides truly tailored care outside the clinic walls. Its first product scales obesity treatment and has been launched in three states including North Carolina. To date, data shows that HEALTHeME’s users’ achieve double the weight loss as other mobile health products at 3 months. Learn more at

  • PowerChalk – Cary, N.C.

PowerChalk is the first and only web-based sports motion telestrator that lets you upload, markup and voiceover videos without installing high priced, hard to use (and harder to configure) software. Already in use by major league players and teams, PowerChalk is changing the face of sports instruction. Learn more at

  • RemedEase – Durham, N.C.

RemedEase offers a patented method and device as a new and novel treatment for nosebleeds, suffered by millions of Americans every day. It requires only that the device be slipped under the top lip where it significantly curtails the primary flow of blood to the nose in approximately 1-2 minutes. It is easily distinguished from other nosebleed products – none of which are both patented and FDA approved and all of which require that the device be inserted in the nose cavity directly, therefore being much more invasive to use.

  • Scion NeuroStim – Raleigh, N.C.

Scion NeuroStim has developed an inexpensive, non-invasive neurostimulator that is being used in a highly successful pilot study to treat migraine patients. The underlying science involves stimulation of innate protective pathways in the body to treat pain. The goal is to provide a device that can be used in either the physician’s office or eventually the patient’s home. The company’s current focus is on expanding clinical studies using the device and achieving FDA clearance for its commercialization.

  • Spring Metrics – Durham, N.C.

Spring Metrics helps you grow your online business by providing a deeper understanding of your customers and how they interact with your website. The company does this by making complex web analytics more friendly and digestible for marketers and e-commerce professionals who don’t want to wrestle with the complexity of traditional analytics products. With an easy-to-use interface that requires no coding knowledge, Spring Metrics eliminates the hassle of creating conversion funnels and goals. The company’s real-time dashboard offers an array of conversion-oriented metrics, and the Insight Engine unearths actionable patterns in the data—patterns that help you turn more visitors into paying customers. Learn more at

“We are sure to see some exciting developments from our recent grant winners over the coming months,” said David Rizzo, chief executive officer of NC IDEA. “These five recipients emerged to the top of one of our most competitive grant cycles to date. The quality of the approximately 100 applicants was impressive. NC IDEA remains committed to funding these young companies that are poised to become viable, high-growth enterprises and contribute to North Carolina’s job growth and economic development.”

NC IDEA has awarded some $1.9 million in grants to 52 startups since the program’s launch in 2006.

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