Tech Venture Conference

Showcasing #TheNext Groundbreaking Technology & Entrepreneurs

Just Announced! 90+ emerging & growth-stage companies selected for Showcase, Lightning Round and Demo Room. Click Here for Full List.

As the premier event for technology entrepreneurs in the Southeast, CED Tech Venture Conference attracts some of the most innovative minds from across the nation to Raleigh, NC, recently ranked #5 tech hotspot, and features:

  • 800 entrepreneurs, investors, corporate visionaries and community leaders
    including 75+ investment funds
  • Live on-stage company pitches
  • Demo room for networking with 90+ emerging NC companies
  • Top industry thought leaders as speakers and panelists
  • Special entrepreneur-only opening workshops

Pre-registration ends on Sept 8! Lock in low rates in advance before they increase.

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From early startups to growth-stage companies to highly successful businesses, the CED Tech Venture Conference reflects North Carolina’s vibrant entrepreneurial community and showcases many of the most promising emerging companies in the region. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with a diverse group of over 100 investors, from venture capital to corporate to angels, including funds such as Sequoia Capital, Greycroft, Grotech Ventures, and Comcast Ventures.

Engage with industry leaders, radical thinkers and trail-blazing entrepreneurs, and learn about the disruptive innovations that are transforming the ways in which we live, work and play.

When and where will the CED Tech Venture Conference 2016 take place?

The  CED Tech Venture Conference 2016 will be held September 13-14 at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Raleigh Convention Center
500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Who attends?

The CED Tech Venture Conference attracts a diverse group of 800+ attendees from around the nation including:

  • Entrepreneurs leading high-growth companies in mobile, ecommerce, digital health, advanced materials, new media/entertainment, IoT, data/analytics, and other tech-enabled services
  • Investors including Growth, VC, Corporate, Angel, and individual investors
  • Corporate Leaders
  • Nationally-recognized industry leaders
  • Tech enthusiasts
  • Press/Media
Are any sponsorship opportunities available for the CED Tech Venture Conference 2016?

Yes, sponsorship packages are available in a wide range of options. A sponsorship can provide your company with high-profile visibility to a large number of influential executives and decision-makers in attendance. To inquire about pricing, please contact Robin Costello via email at rcostello@cednc.org or by phone at 919.226.0464.

What is the cost to attend?

Pre-registration ends on Sept 8! Lock in low rates in advance before they increase.

                                            Pre-registration by 9/8    On-site Registration  
Entrepreneur: CED Member                 $275                          $375
Entrepreneur: Non-member                  $475*                         $625*
CED Member                                     $475                          $625
Non-member                                      $575                          $725

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*If you are an entrepreneur but not yet a CED member, you may be able to join CED and attend the conference for less than $475. Please contact Lindsay Burns, CED's Membership Manager, to secure the best value for the conference by email or phone 919-226-0482.

How do I get admission to the Entrepreneur Workshop with Scot Wingo?

The Entrepreneur Workshop is exclusively for Tech Entrepreneurs who are registered for the CED Tech Venture Conference 2016.

Click Here to Register

Click Here for More Workshop Details

What is the nearest airport?

Raleigh/Durham International Airport (RDU) is the nearest airport.

Where can I stay?

Discounted block rates ending soon! The Marriott City Center and Sheraton Raleigh Hotel are both convenient to the Raleigh Convention Center.

Marriott City Center
$239/night - Reserve your room by 8/29
LIMITED AVAILABILITY! Book Now.
A limited number of rooms are still available at the group rate on a first come first serve basis.

500 Fayetteville Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
Phone: 919-833-1120

Sheraton Raleigh Hotel
Discount Available for MONDAY NIGHT ONLY.
$169/night - Reserve your room by 8/29
Rooms for Tuesday night, if available, will be at the prevailing rates.

421 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
Phone 919-834-9900

Am I allowed to record any of the conference sessions or events?

No, any unauthorized recording of the CED Tech Venture Conference 2016 sessions or events is strictly prohibited.

Will anyone be taking pictures during the conference?

Yes, pictures will be taken during the conference. By registering for the conference, you acknowledge that there is a possibility your picture may be taken.

Tue, Sep 13
2016 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
Entrepreneur Workshop with Scot Wingo - Exclusively for tech entrepreneurs who are registered for the conference. More details in the "Companies" section.
2016 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Demo Room Open
2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Official Conference Opening + Keynote Speakers • Freada Kapor Klein, PhD, Social Justice Activist & Partner, Kapor Capital • Victor Hwang, Vice President of Entrepreneurship, Kauffman Foundation • Moderator Caroline Fairchild, New Economy Editor, LinkedIn
2016 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Showcase Companies - On-stage Presentations
2016 - 2:45pm to 3:15pm
Networking Break
2016 - 3:15pm to 3:45pm
"The Future of Blockchain" John Wolpert, Global Blockchain Products Director, IBM • "Growing Your Business – The Next Generation" Kim Labow, CEO, MedFusion
2016 - 3:15pm to 4:00pm
Special Workshop: "Engineering Stories: Tactics for How to Market Technology to Humans" • David Baeumler, Executive Creative Director, Centerline Digital
2016 - 3:45pm to 4:15pm
Networking Break
2016 - 4:15pm to 5:00pm
Showcase Companies - On-stage Presentations
2016 - 5:00pm to 5:30pm
Lightning Round Companies - On-stage Presentations
2016 - 5:30pm to 6:00pm
Keynote Speaker • Dan Ariely, Professor of Psychology & Behavioral Economics & Founder, Center for Advanced Hindsight, Duke University
2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Networking Reception
Wed, Sep 14
2016 - 8:00am to 8:30am
Continental Breakfast
2016 - 8:30am to 12:30pm
Demo Room Open
2016 - 8:45am to 9:15am
Showcase Companies - On-stage Presentations
2016 - 9:15am to 10:00am
"#TheNextFrontier – Navigating Corporate VC" Panelists • Chris Langford, Director, Lowes Venture Capital • Alisyn Malek, Investment Manager, GM Ventures • Moderated by Don Rainey, Partner, Grotech Ventures
2016 - 10:00am to 10:30pm
Networking Break
2016 - 10:30am to 11:00am
Lightning Round Companies - On-stage Presentations
2016 - 11:00am to 11:45am
Fireside Chat with Joseph M. DeSimone, PhD, CEO & Co-Founder, Carbon3D • Moderated by Steve Nelson, Co-Founder, Carbon3D
2016 - 11:45am to 12:15pm
Networking Break
2016 - 12:15pm to 1:45pm
Closing Lunch featuring Keynote Speaker • Dan Lyons, Writer & co-producer of HBO’s Silicon Valley and the author of Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Startup Bubble

Speakers

Hear from Technology Visionaries and Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders

“I expect Tech Venture 2016 to build on the momentum from last year’s terrific and record-breaking event, which featured Jim Goetz of Sequoia Capital, named the #1 tech investor each of the past three years by Forbes magazine,” said Steve Nelson, Co-Founder of Carbon3D. “Whether you are a first-time entrepreneur or a seasoned leader and operator, CED Tech Venture is a wonderful opportunity for exposure to the best and brightest minds in tech.”

Dan Ariely
Professor of Psychology & Behavioral Economics; Founder, Center for Advanced Hindsight
Duke University
David Baeumler
Executive Creative Director
Centerline Digital
Joseph M. DeSimone
CEO & Co-Founder
Carbon3D
Caroline Fairchild
New Economy Editor
LinkedIn
Victor W. Hwang
Vice President of Entrepreneurship
Kauffman Foundation
Freada Kapor Klein
Social Justice Activist & Partner
Kapor Capital
Kim Labow
CEO
MedFusion
Chris Langford
Managing Director
Lowe's Ventures
Dan Lyons
Author of "Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Startup Bubble", Writer & Co-producer
HBO’s "Silicon Valley"
Alisyn Malek
Venture Investor
GM Ventures
Steve Nelson
Co-Founder
Carbon3D
Don Rainey
Conference Co-Chair & General Partner
Grotech Ventures
Scot Wingo
Conference Co-Chair + Executive Chairman, Chairman of the Board & Co-Founder
ChannelAdvisor
John Wolpert
Global Blockchain Products Director
IBM

Registration

Pre-registration ends on Sept 8! Lock in low rates before they increase.

 

Pre-registration by 9/8

On-site Registration 

Entrepreneur: CED Member

$275 $375

Entrepreneur: Non-member

$475* $625*

CED Member

$475

$625

Non-member

$575 $725

                 
REGISTER NOW

*If you are an entrepreneur but not yet a CED member, you may be able to join CED and attend the conference for less than $475. Please contact Lindsay Burns, CED's Membership Manager, to secure the best value for the conference by email or phone 919-226-0482.

All registered Entrepreneurs will get FREE admission to Tuesday morning's Entrepreneur Workshop to be led by Scot Wingo, one of North Carolina’s most successful serial entrepreneurs. More details in the Companies section.

-All registrations must be accompanied by payment to be officially processed.
-Registrations may not be substituted online.
-Cancellations received before August 30 are refundable.
-Cancellations received Aug. 31 and after are non-refundable.

Sponsors

High Profile Sponsorship Opportunities at an Industry-Leading Event

With such a large number of influential executives and decision makers in attendance, the CED Tech Venture Conference offers an unparalleled sponsorship opportunity. Corporate backers have the option to sponsor a variety of events, equipment and resources — from CEO breakfasts to audiovisual appliances. Your sponsorship provides an opportunity for you to access and educate key constituencies and demonstrates your commitment to advancing technology entrepreneurs in our region. 

Sponsorship packages are available in a wide range of options. If your company is interested in sponsoring, please contact Robin Costello by email rcostello@cednc.org or phone 919.549.7500.

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Companies

90+ Emerging Companies to be Featured. Plus, Scot Wingo's Workshop for Registered Entrepreneurs.

Scot Wingo Leads Entrepreneur Workshop - Scot Wingo, one of North Carolina’s most successful serial entrepreneurs, will lead a 3-hour workshop to kick off opening day of the CED Tech Venture Conference 2016 featuring content specifically for emerging tech entrepreneurs. The theme is Scaling. How do you go from $0->$1M->$5M->$10M->$20M->...$100M?

Attention Tech Entrepreneurs: If you want to learn from someone who has “done it before” (and before and before), this is your chance. You must be an Entrepreneur AND registered for the conference to attend. Entrepreneurs get lowest rates.

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Click Here For Agenda and Workshop Details

If you are registered as an Entrepreneur for the conference, you are in! No additional cost required. More details will be emailed to you soon.


Congrats to these 90+ companies who have been selected for Showcase, Lightning Round and Demo Room! 

  • Showcase - Live Presentation on the Main Stage
  • Lightning Round - Short Pitches on the Main Stage
  • Demo Room - Reserved Exhibit Table to Display Your Capabilities

**Denotes a Lightning Round company.

Demo Room Companies