DURHAM – Twenty-seven startups representing a range of interests across North Carolina are semifinalists for $50,000 grants from the NC IDEA Foundation.

The NC IDEA  SEED grants are awarded twice a year.

Interestingly, this is the 17th round of such grants.

More than 150 companies applied for the grants.

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“We are pleased by the diversification both demographically and geographically in this group of semi-finalists moving forward,” said Thom Ruhe, President and CEO of NC IDEA, in the announcement. “We had a difficult task in narrowing down the competitive field of applicants, but look forward to learning more about the group moving forward in the next phase of the process.”

The semifinalists have been asked to submit detailed proposals about their companies and plans by April 1.

Winners will be selected in mid-May.