RALEIGH — NC IDEA wrapped up day three of their Ecosystem Summit with the winners of the fall cohort of the SEED grant. NC IDEA also recognized fifteen fall MICRO grant recipients during the announcement.

The SEED grants, each representing $50,000 in non-dilutive funding, have been awarded to six small businesses across the state. The grants were awarded after a three-month competitive application process and aim to provide early-stage companies with the funding and support they need to scale and reduce risk. Funds also come with mentorship and guidance to support innovative startups that demonstrate a proven concept.

The NC IDEA SEED grant program has awarded over $9.3 million to 205 companies since 2006. Four of the six recipients had previously received a smaller MICRO grant from NC IDEA, which helped them validate their business ideas and become eligible for the larger SEED grant.

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The Winners

Bristles – Durham, NC
An AI-powered DIY design co-pilot for home improvement projects

Charvonia Design – Huntersville, NC
Billet Tie Downs that offer a stronger, more useful, and better-looking alternative to the basic, factory tie-downs that come with trucks

DEI Directive – Charlotte, NC
A DEI technology company helping HR professionals access data necessary for good decision-making

DNAli Data Technologies – Cary, NC
Technology that takes an unmodified DNA polymer and creates modified DNA

Framewrk – Charlotte, NC
Providing early-stage entrepreneurs with spaces to connect and tools to grow their business on the road to profitability

Three Strands Recovery Wear – Winston-Salem, NC
Enhancing the healing journey of post-surgical patients with the Resilience Bra, and additional loungewear garments

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