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Tech Idea Incubator Fund

Tech Rising “Tech Idea Incubator Fund” Overview - 2024


Over the past 3 years, the Tech Idea Incubator Fund has provided $103K in grants to 21 organizations in the form of $5K  grants to seed creative ideas to foster digital inclusion. Here is a link to learn more  about  last year’s grantee’s results.  


These are ideas born from the participation in the Tech Rising Summit and through ongoing work among nonprofits who are focused on creating digital equity in our community. This year the summit and grant will focus on the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Equity.


This year we are modifying the grant slightly:

  • Increase the funding from $5K grants to larger grant pools of $5-10K each.

  • Preference will be given to seeding ideas that include an element of utilizing  A.I. to create Digital Equity.


Funding corporate partners include: Ally Financial, AvidXchange, Google Fiber, LendingTree, Duke Energy and Honeywell.


Nonprofit Criteria:

  • Open to every 501c3 nonprofit serving Mecklenburg County that attends the Tech Rising Summit on April 23, 2024.  Register below or head to the home page for more details.

Examples of types of projects/programs that could be funded, include, but are not limited to:

  • Seeding or expanding an A.I. program within your curriculum

  • Collaboration with another nonprofit to pilot a program

  • The purchase of technology equipment needed to begin or expand a program


Tech Idea Fund submission process:

  1. April 24- June 14th : Tech Idea submission window is open,  all submissions must be received by 5pm on June 14th via this form.

  2. Late July: The winners will be announced through SHARE Charlotte communications channels and funds will be distributed via direct deposit to the nonprofits.

  3. Late  September: Nonprofit to fill out a survey to highlight the impact of the grant and provide a picture.

  4. Early October: SHARE Charlotte will promote the stories of impact to the community.


Funding Requirements:

  • Nonprofits must use the funds by September 29th.


A.I. Support:

  • For those that receivea a grant, Honeywell will provide an A.I. Coach to support the grantees program development.

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