DURHAM – Fifteen early stage startups across North Carolina are each getting $10,000 boosts in a series of grants from the NC IDEA Foundation.

These so-called “NC IDEA MICRO” grants are to help the entrepreneurs involved at the selected firms to “validate and advance” their ideas, the foundation says.

The recipients from among 182 applicants:

“With ten MICRO grant cycles now under our belt, we continue to see a clear need from all parts of the state for funding and support to help young companies grow,” said Thom Ruhe, President and CEO of NC IDEA. “Over the years, the cycles are also becoming more competitive and diverse which directly speaks to the economic potential of the state and the great work of our ECOSYSTEM partners to help level the playing field for all promising startups.”

The startups were picked after a competitive application and selection process, NC IDEA says.

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