Business briefs

Oct. 01, 2013 @ 06:04 PM

NC IDEA selects grant semi-finalists

DURHAM – NC IDEA, a not-for-profit group that provides early funding for start-up technology companies in North Carolina, has plucked 24 semi-finalists from a list of 117 companies in its latest grant cycle.

The list of semi-finalists included startups from Durham: HomeWellness, Hostel Rocket, Klever, Medlio, NIRvana Sciences, PRSONAS and VacationFutures Inc.

The semi-finalists were invited to submit a more detailed proposal by mid-October.

The grants, which are up to $50,000 per recipient, support business plan research and development and are meant to reduce the risk of early failure. Winners will get mentoring by entrepreneurs and investors among other services.

Since its inception in 2006, NC IDEA’s grant program has awarded nearly $3 million to 77 companies across the state.

WNCN off DISH Network agreement

RALEIGH– WNCN announced Tuesday that the agreement between its parent company, Media General, and DISH Network has expired.

And since a new agreement was not reached, DISH cannot carry WNCN on its for-profit satellite system.

“WNCN has been an integral part of the Raleigh, Durham and Fayetteville communities for many years and that is our number one priority,” General Manager Doug Hamilton said in a statement. “We understand that having a blank screen instead of their

favorite programming is frustrating for DISH customers and it’s frustrating for us as well.”

Media General is “doing everything it can” to reach a fair resolution with DISH, according to the release.

Viewers can continue to watch WNCN local news, sports and network programming by switching to an alternative pay-TV service provider, and the channel is free over the air. WNCN content is also available on the Internet.