Innovation begins with entrepreneurs.

And grows with us.

IFNC Home page imageInnovation Fund North Carolina is a statewide initiative led by Catawba Valley Community College as a Kauffman Foundation and Innovation Fund America pilot project in order to provide technology start-ups in North Carolina with the resources necessary to become thriving businesses. Innovation Fund North Carolina seeks to improve the odds of promising technologies turning into great companies that are led by extraordinary entrepreneurs.

North Carolina startups in Agricultural Technology, Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Healthcare Technology or IT/Communications can apply for either a $25,000 Proof-of-Concept grant or an Early Launch Loan (non-collateral) up to $100,000. There will be three application cycles per year.

Information sessions will be held at various locations throughout North Carolina during the beginning of each application cycle. It is highly recommended that interested entrepreneurs attend one of the scheduled information sessions prior to applying. 

Info Sessions:

Innovation Fund North Carolina is hosting the following information sessions for its third funding cycle:

Register now for an info session.

Applications Accepted:

Innovation Fund North Carolina will begin accepting applications on Thursday, May 1, 2014.