The economic development group NC IDEA has selected 30 startups from across the state as semi-finalists for non-dilutive grants of up to $50,000.

The 30 firms were selected from 159 applicants.

This is the 15th cycle of grants NC IDEA has awarded. 

In the last two rounds, five companies were selected for grants and were awarded a total of $200,000 and $210,000.

The semifinalists: 

• Aegis Women’s Health Technologies–Raleigh
• Alekto Corporation–Durham
• BaseTrace–RTP
• bioMASON Inc.–RTP
• Blue Ridge Lighting Solutions, LLC–Cary
• Cosmic Cart–Charlotte
• CoverCountdown–Cary
• CTASIT LLC–Greensboro
• Dancing E–Durham
• Dovetail Strategic Solutions Inc.DBA: FaceGuard–Hickory
• eCampus, LLC–Mooresville
• GranularSystems, LLC–Raleigh
• INRFOOD Inc.–Durham
• LotusBioEFx LLC–Chapel Hill
• MindsMesh–Charlotte
• MyLearningID–Huntersville


• NeuroSpire–Durham
• Nirvana#Sciences Inc.-RTP
• Novocor Medical Systems–Chapel Hill
• Product Broadcasting, Inc.–Wake Forest
• Reward Summit–Charlotte
• RxAnalytics–Chapel Hill
• SafeRay Spine–Durham
• Sanitation Creations–Raleigh
• Selleration, Inc. – Chapel Hill
• Splitmo LLC–Chapel Hill
• Strübwerks, LLC–Cullowhee
• SyncHear–Carrboro
• Testive, Inc.–Durham
• YILLIO, Inc.–Edenton

NC IDEA is the non-profit group associated with venture capital firm IDEA Fund Partners. Both are based in Durham.