Join Our Unparalleled Network

With an expanding community of more than 4,000 individuals in our network and 500 member companies, CED is the powerfully connected network that helps Triangle entrepreneurs build and grow successful companies, linking them to the resources, knowledge and capital they need.

By joining our unparalleled network, you gain access to the collective knowledge and resources of the CED community. Moreover, CED membership provides you and your company opportunities to build business relationships and connections with a vibrant community of entrepreneurs, investors, corporate partners, professional firms, mentors and other successful businessmen.

Attractive Membership Options

Offering three distinct levels, CED Membership provides the support and resources most relevant to your needs. Discover your membership level below:


For entrepreneurial companies looking to connect with other entrepreneurs, mentors, professionals, investors and customers, joining CED plugs you into our national network. No other organization allows you to stay more engaged in the entrepreneurial community or delivers more value through connections, mentorship, exposure and education. Additionally, as a contributing member of the CED network, you’ll be supporting your fellow entrepreneurs —helping to create a self-sustaining, successful culture of entrepreneurship in the Triangle.

Professional Firms and Investors

This option is for individuals, consultants, investors, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, universities and other firms who would like to support our entrepreneurial community while also realizing valuable exposure to its members. The professional firm membership grants you access to the CED network, programs and intimate networking events and offers your firm priority for CED event sponsorship opportunities.

Strategic Partners

CED Strategic Partners are organizations committed to supporting the mission of CED and promoting the growth of the Triangle economy by cultivating a self-sustaining community of entrepreneurship. They recognize that access to capital, mentorship, expertise and promotion are the keys to helping our network’s high-growth, high-impact companies reach the next level. Strategic Partners work closely with CED leadership, both on the Board of Directors and through CED programs and services.

If you have questions about our CED Membership levels and which one may be the best option for you, contact our office at 919.549.7500, and one of our staff will be happy to provide you with more information.

As the Triangle’s networking resource for more than 30 years, CED helps entrepreneurs in the Research Triangle Park, Charlotte, Asheville, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Wilmington, NC to connect, grow and ultimately cultivate a community of entrepreneurship throughout North Carolina.