Tech Venture Conference

Showcasing #TheNext Groundbreaking Technology & Entrepreneurs

Thanks for joining us at the CED Tech Venture Conference 2016. Take a look back with this Conference Recap including links to videos, photos, and conference coverage.

Save the date! September 19-20, 2017 at the Raleigh Convention Center. More details to be released later this year. Sign up for our newsletter for the latest news and conference announcements. 

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

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.

Stay informed about the CED Tech Venture Conference 2017. If you’d like to receive updates regarding speakers, dates and registration deadlines for the conference, sign up for our newsletter.

Registration Opening Soon!

Tue, Sep 13
2016 - 8:00am to 9:00am
Pre-conference Workshop - NCSU Alumni Entrepreneur Network: "Tech Companies Changing the World" (Room 306) Free but REGISTRATION REQUIRED. To register, visit:
2016 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
INVITE ONLY Entrepreneur Workshop with Scot Wingo (Room 306) - Exclusively for tech entrepreneurs who are registered for the conference. More details in the "Companies" section.
2016 - 11:00am to 6:00pm
Registration Open (Lobby Outside Ballroom A&B)
2016 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
INVITE ONLY Joint Board Lunch (Room 402)
2016 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
INVITE ONLY SEIG Lunch & Presentations (Room 305A)
2016 - 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Demo Room Open (Ballroom A&B)
2016 - 1:00pm to 1:45pm
Main Stage Conference Opening • Welcome: Joan Siefert Rose, President & CEO, CED • Freada Kapor Klein, PhD, Partner, Kapor Center for Social Impact • Introduced by Jesica Averhart of Headline Sponsor American Underground (Ballroom C)
2016 - 1:45pm to 2:30pm
Showcase Company Presentations #1 - Showcase Sponsor Wyrick Robbins - Emcee: Bobby Ocampo, Partner, Revolution Ventures • Pendo ∙ SeaChange Technologies ∙ EmployUs ∙ Savii, Inc. ∙ Payzer (Ballroom C)
2016 - 2:30pm to 3:00pm
Networking Break (Ballroom A&B)
2016 - 3:00pm to 3:45pm
Storytelling Workshop: "Engineering Stories: Tactics for How to Market Technology to Humans" • David Baeumler, Executive Creative Director, Centerline Digital (Room 306)
2016 - 3:00pm to 3:15pm
Main Stage Program: "#TheNext: The Future Impact of Blockchain" John Wolpert, Blockchain Offering Director, IBM • Thom Ruhe, President & CEO, The NC IDEA Foundation; Ecosystem Sponsor – The NC IDEA Foundation (Ballroom C)
2016 - 3:15pm to 3:45pm
Lightning Round Company Presentations #1 - Emcee: Wiley Becker, Partner, Alerion Ventures • ProAxion ∙ Forecast Health ∙ KWIPPED, Inc. ∙ CommuniGift ∙ Cityzen ∙ FotoSwipe (Ballroom C)
2016 - 3:45pm to 4:15pm
Main Stage Program: "What’s the Future of Entrepreneurship? Lessons Learned from the Trenches of Silicon Valley to the Plains of Kansas City" Victor Hwang, Vice President of Entrepreneurship, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (Ballroom C)
2016 - 4:15pm to 4:30pm
Networking Break (Ballroom A&B)
2016 - 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Showcase Company Presentations #2 - Showcase Sponsor Wyrick Robbins - Emcee: Philip Lewis, Principal, Fulcrum Equity Partners • Sift Media, Inc. ∙ Muses Labs, Inc. ∙ Passport ∙ Reveal Mobile ∙ FoodLogiQ (Ballroom C)
2016 - 5:15pm to 6:00pm
Main Stage Program - Innovation Sponsor: CISCO • "How Social Psychology Fuels Entrepreneurship" Dan Ariely, Founder, Center for Advanced Hindsight, Duke University (Ballroom C)
2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Networking Reception (Ballroom A&B)
2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
INVITE ONLY Investor Dinner
Wed, Sep 14
2016 - 7:30am to 8:30am
INVITE ONLY CEO Breakfast (Room 402)
2016 - 8:00am to 8:30am
Continental Breakfast (Ballroom A&B)
2016 - 8:30am to 12:30pm
Demo Room Open (Ballroom A&B)
2016 - 8:30am to 9:00am
Main Stage Program • "Lesson Learned: How Consumerism Changed the Business of Healthcare" Kim Labow, CEO, MedFusion • "Breaking Views: Cutting Through the Startup Media Clutter" Caroline Fairchild, New Economy Editor, LinkedIn (Ballroom C)
2016 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Crowdfunding Workshop: "Understanding Crowdfunding – The New Option for Local Financing in N.C." - Sponsored by the NC Department of the Secretary of State (Room 305B)
2016 - 9:00am to 9:45am
Showcase Company Presentations #2 - Showcase Sponsor Wyrick Robbins - Emcee: Sean Barkman, Vice President, Ballast Point Ventures • Patient Pay ∙ Vital Plan ∙ MindSumo ∙ CloudFactory (Ballroom C)
2016 - 9:45am to 10:00am
Networking Break (Ballroom A&B)
2016 - 10:00am to 10:45am
Main Stage: Navigating Corporate VC - Panel Sponsor - BCBSNC/Mosaic Health Solutions • Chris Langford, Director, Lowes Venture Capital • Alisyn Malek, Investment Manager, GM Ventures • Moderated by Don Rainey, Partner, Grotech Ventures (Ballroom C)
2016 - 10:45am to 11:15am
Lightning Round Company Presentations #2 - Emcee: Anthony Pompliano, Managing Partner, Full Tilt Capital • Spreedly ∙ RevBoss ∙ 2ULaundry ∙ Ecodyst ∙ RewardStock ∙ Malartu (Ballroom C)
2016 - 11:15am to 11:30am
Networking Break (Ballroom A&B)
2016 - 11:30am to 12:15pm
Main Stage Program "A Future Fabricated with Light: Making 3D Manufacturing a Reality" Joseph M. DeSimone, PhD, CEO & Co-Founder, Carbon3D • Steve Nelson, Co-Founder, Carbon3D (Ballroom C)
2016 - 12:15pm to 12:45pm
Networking Break (Ballroom A&B)
2016 - 12:45pm to 2:00pm
Main Stage Closing Lunch • "Lessons from “Silicon Valley” Dan Lyons, writer & co-producer of HBO’s "Silicon Valley" and the author of Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Startup Bubble • Introduced by Phillipe Charles of American Underground (Ballroom C)


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.”

View the 2016 Speaker Line-up below. Speakers for 2017 will be announced later this year.

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
Caroline Fairchild
New Economy Editor
Victor W. Hwang
Vice President of Entrepreneurship
Kauffman Foundation
Freada Kapor Klein
Social Justice Activist & Partner
Kapor Capital
Kim Labow
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
Don Rainey
Conference Co-Chair & General Partner
Grotech Ventures
Scot Wingo
Conference Co-Chair + Executive Chairman, Chairman of the Board & Co-Founder
John Wolpert
Global Blockchain Products Director


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.

The 2016 sponsors are listed below:

                                                                                                                      2016 HEADLINE SPONSOR


                                                                                                                       ECOSYSTEM SPONSOR


Demo Room Companies

When and where will the CED Tech Venture Conference 2017 take place?

The  CED Tech Venture Conference 2017 will be held September 19-20 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?

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?

Stay tuned! More details to be released later this year. Sign up for our newsletter for the latest news and conference announcements.

What is the nearest airport?

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

Where can I stay?

The Marriott City Center Raleigh and Sheraton Raleigh Hotel are both convenient to the Raleigh Convention Center. Discounted room block information will be available closer to the event.

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

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

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

No, any unauthorized recording of the CED Tech Venture Conference 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.