Tech Venture Conference

Showcasing #TheNext Groundbreaking Technology & Entrepreneurs

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 50+ emerging NC companies
  • Top industry thought leaders as speakers and panelists
  • Special entrepreneur-only opening workshops

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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 or by phone at 919.226.0464.

What is the cost to attend?

Entrepreneur: CED Member    $275
Entrepreneur: Non-member    $475*
CED Member    $475
Non-member    $575

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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.

What is the nearest airport?

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

Where can I stay?

Discounted block rates are now available! 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 8/19
500 Fayetteville Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
Phone: 919-833-1120

Sheraton Raleigh Hotel
$169/night - Reserve your room by 8/29
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
Pre-conference Workshops - Details TBA Soon!
2016 - 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Demo Room Open
2016 - 1:00pm to 1:45pm
Official Conference Opening + Keynote Speaker TBA Soon!
2016 - 1:45pm to 2:15pm
Showcase Venture Companies - On-stage Presentations
2016 - 2:15pm to 2:45pm
Networking Break
2016 - 2:45pm to 3:30pm
"The Future of Blockchain" • Jerry Cuomo, Fellow, Vice President Blockchain Technologies, IBM + NEW Speaker TBA Soon!
2016 - 3:30pm to 4:00pm
Showcase Venture Companies - On-stage Presentations
2016 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm
Networking Break
2016 - 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Special Investor Panel TBA Soon!
2016 - 5:15pm to 5:45pm
Keynote Speaker • Dan Ariely, Professor of Psychology & Behavioral Economics & Founder, Center for Advanced Hindsight, Duke University
2016 - 5:45pm to 7:00pm
Networking Reception
Wed, Sep 14
2016 - 8:00am to 8:30am
Continental Breakfast
2016 - 8:45am to 12:15pm
Demo Room Open
2016 - 8:45am to 10:00am
Showcase Venture Companies - On-stage Presentations + NEW Speaker TBA Soon!
2016 - 10:00am to 10:30pm
Networking Break
2016 - 10:30am to 11:15am
Fireside Chat with • Joseph M. DeSimone, PhD, CEO & Co-Founder, Carbon3D
2016 - 11:15am to 11:45am
Showcase Venture Companies - On-stage Presentations
2016 - 11:45am to 12:15pm
Networking Break
2016 - 12:15pm to 1:30pm
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


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
Jerry Cuomo
Fellow, Vice President Blockchain Technologies
Joseph M. DeSimone
CEO & Co-Founder
Caroline Fairchild
New Economy Editor
Freada Kapor Klein
Social Justice Activist & Partner
Kapor Capital
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
Don Rainey
Conference Co-Chair & General Partner
Grotech Ventures


Entrepreneur: CED Member    $275

Entrepreneur: Non-member    $475*

CED Member    $475

Non-member    $575

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 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.


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 or phone 919.549.7500.


100+ Emerging Companies to be Featured

Company applications have closed! Thanks to all applicants. We had a record number of tech startups apply for Demo Room & On-stage Showcase. Our selection committee will review applications, and we will make a public announcement of selected companies in early August. Good luck to all! 

June 30 - Application Deadline
Late July - Applications are reviewed. Selected companies are notified.
Early August - Public announcement of Demo & Showcase companies 

Demo Company: Reserved Exhibit Table to Display Your Capabilities

  • Investor Exposure. #1 opportunity for one-on-one networking and live display of your capabilities to investors from 75+ funds across the country. Demo Room companies receive a pre-conference list of investor attendees.
  • Show and Tell. Exhibit your technology in person for potential partners & clients (equipped with 8 ft. table, power & internet).
  • Special Promotion. Get featured on the conference website, in the mobile app, in pre-conference email blasts, and other event materials.
  • Media Coverage. Maximize your exposure to local and national press in attendance (over 40 news articles written in 2015).
  • Lowest Registration Rate. Entrepreneurs selected for Demo Room (& co-workers) can attend the full conference for $250/person, the lowest rate.

Showcase Venture: Live Presentation on the Main Stage

  • Demo Room table and ALL BENEFITS listed above PLUS:
  • Live On-Stage Presentation. Share your story in front of 800+ investors, top industry visionaries, corporate leaders, and fellow entrepreneurs. (View videos from 2015.)
  • Pitch Scrub with Community Mentors. Prepare for your presentation with one-on-one help from a team of proven leaders. 
  • FREE ADMISSION. Each entrepreneur selected for Showcase Venture gets 1 free registration. Co-workers can attend for the special low rate of $250/person.

To be eligible for showcasing, your company must be headquartered in North Carolina and you must be developing a product or technology in one of the following areas: healthcare IT, e-commerce, new media/entertainment, data/analytics, advanced manufacturing and materials, cleantech, social, mobile, cloud services or other tech-enabled services.