DURHAM – NC IDEA has selected eight startups from across North Carolina for its SOAR program that focuses on providing mentorship as well as individualized plans for each venture.

A goal is to help these executives prepare themselves and their funds for the pursuit of equity financing.

The eight:

• Anahata Swimwear – Wilmington, NC
• Healthy Bytes – Winston-Salem, NC
• Mozak – Durham, NC
• MicMag – King, NC
• myBeeHyve – Hampstead, NC
• Ungraded Produce – Durham, NC
• Skilly-do – Wilmington, NC
• Vavaroom.com – Wilmington, NC

NC IDEA, an economic development foundation that focuses on a variety of programs to boost startups, reviewed 25 applicants for the SOAR cohort.

“We are encouraged to work alongside this group of female-led startups that are poised to quickly grow and position themselves to raise funding in the next year or so,” said Thom Ruhe, CEO of NC IDEA. “These promising ventures were selected from a competitive applicant pool reflecting the geographic diversity we have been seeing in other Foundation programs.”
The SOAR program lasts six weeks.
SOAR launched in 2012 as Soar Triangle and became a part of NC IDEA in 2016.