About CED

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A Network of Opportunity

Powered by a community of individuals and businesses inspired by entrepreneurship, CED is the nationally connected network that helps Triangle entrepreneurs build and grow successful companies. We provide education, mentoring and capital formation resources to technology-based, high-growth entrepreneurs. Opportunities to connect include:

As one of the leading data collectors of entrepreneurial activity in the US, CED identifies trends, presents findings and maps North Carolina’s flourishing entrepreneurial ecosystem through the bi-annual CED Innovators Report.

CED’s membership includes a wide range of entrepreneurial companies, maturing enterprises, corporate partners, investors, academics, service providers and other individuals interested in entrepreneurship.

Born Looking to the Future

From its inception in 1984, CED has been dedicated to connecting and growing a community of entrepreneurs in the Triangle region of North Carolina. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, CED has committed itself to identifying, enabling and promoting high-growth, high-impact companies. Providing years of support, mentoring, research, investor outreach, education, public relations and other needed services, CED has played an essential role in fostering today’s successful and diverse culture of entrepreneurship in North Carolina.

After 30 years of cultivating such a powerful network of successful entrepreneurs and investors, CED continues to make influential contributions to North Carolina’s technology-based entrepreneurs. With an ever-expanding national community committed to providing support, our team of industry veterans and innovators continues to develop dynamic, inspiring means for expanding the entrepreneurial ecosystem in North Carolina.

Explore the CED Entrepreneurial Network

With over 4,000 active members and 500 companies represented, CED is the largest and longest-running network for entrepreneurs in the country. CED-connected entrepreneurial companies have collectively raised $8.5 billion over the past 31 years. These numbers will only continue to grow, along with CED’s unparalleled network. Take some time to meet a few of the stars of our network, and be sure to check out our newsfeed for the latest industry developments.

We’re excited for you to join CED in whatever capacity best suits your interests or needs, and we invite you to contact us online or call 919.549.7500 to learn more about our opportunities and resources. You can also meet CED’s Board of Directors or visit our careers page to get to know us a little better.

As the Triangle’s networking resource for more than 30 years, CED helps entrepreneurs connect and grow, with the aim of cultivating a community of entrepreneurship in Durham, NC, across the Triangle and throughout North Carolina.