we match entrepreneurs with the resources they need.

If you’re just getting started with a new company and need support, or if you’re an experienced entrepreneur wanting to foster a young company’s success, CED facilitates the ideal connections.

where do you fit in?


Are you seeking the resources that will help your company succeed? CED connects entrepreneurs with invaluable resources that can help a new company launch and grow successfully. From financial backing to mentoring, our partners are here to help. Learn More


Do you want to offer your entrepreneurial expertise, share your network, or invest in a smart start-up? CED partners with entrepreneurs, investors and the business community to connect growing companies with the resources needed to scale. Learn More

we’re a close-knit community of 40,000

CED is one part of a larger entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Here are just some of the ways we contribute:


Companies supported


Active resources supporting companies


Raised by companies


Investors engaged

  • #PartnerCompany

    CEDNC is an indispensable partner for us as a new startup business. Their tireless effort and professional approach are the unwritten testimonial of our existence. They understand the challenges and recommend effective methods to overcome those challenges as they help you rationally think about solutions. I cannot imagine the journey without the trusted partnership of Jay and Hunter as crucial part of the team”

    Sam Ibrahim // Founder & CEO // Flow ROI

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    CED has been a great resource for Intake Health and me personally as an entrepreneur. The free content, events, and community they bring to the triangle are invaluable to the startup ecosystem. They are a like a C-level business development partner that has helped us win funding and connect with potential partners and customers at a rate that would not be possible alone.”

    Michael Bender // Founder & CEO // Intake

  • #Builder

    CED has been a driving force behind the ability of angel and seed investors to support North Carolina startup companies and help them grow to successful exits. The programs that CED has provided, from Angel Workshops to Connections to Capital and through to the annual capstone Venture Connect Summit, have been instrumental in benefiting the local entrepreneurial ecosystem and helping it become one of the best in the United States.”

    Daniel Pomp // Investor // Entrepreneur

  • #PremiumPartner

    The CED staff takes great effort to put people together in an organic way, everyone is willing to be candid about their needs and their goals. That sharing allows me the chance to connect members to other individuals in both the market and the greater community, and it also creates a road map through which my team and I can use our own expertise to help their organization directly, should they need it.”

    Wilson McWilliams // Owner & Strategist // JWM Group

  • #VMSCompany

    When we started with VMS, there was just the two of us. We got connected with two wonderful mentors who helped us navigate some early challenges with the company, both in terms of strategy as well as making a decision around potentially joining an accelerator program or taking investment. It was a phenomenal experience.”

    Drew Shiller // Co-Founder & CEO // Validic

what does your company need to succeed?


Taking a high-touch approach, CED provides startups and founders with access to the support they need to scale.


If you’re seeking financial support for your company, we can connect you with the perfect investor match–and fully prepare you to make a great impression.


Make the connections that count with CED’s networking events, partner referrals, and more ways to mingle with established entrepreneurs.

April 7, 2022


Venture Connect 2022 was back live and in person! Venture Connect is a place where Life Science and Tech companies connect to the people they need to grow. Registration is now closed.

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