Business briefs, June 6

Jun. 05, 2014 @ 01:35 PM

N.C. IDEA, a Durham-based nonprofit focused on providing funding to technology companies in the state, has awarded $270,000 in grants to six start-ups in the state, including three from Durham.
The nonprofit announced the grants on Thursday that brings its total awards since the organization’s inception in 2006 to more than $3.4 million.
The latest funding round includes several Durham companies. The winners from Durham include CellBreaker, a company that gets consumers out of contracts and then refers them to new service providers. The company’s technology automates the legal work necessary to get out of a breached contract.
Another winner from Durham was CrowdTunes, which is a company that’s working on an app that allows people to bid to allow people to bid on the songs they want to hear at restaurants or bars using their mobile phones, was also a winner.
There was also AnyCloud, a start-up designed to order the user’s “online chaos” -- personal and shared content scattered across multiple email, social and cloud accounts.
The grant recipients were chosen after a four-month application and selection process that drew 133 applications from across the state.