Innovators Report

$769m raised by NC Companies in 1H of 2017.

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Connections to Capital

CED tracks over 1,800 companies, is connected to 250+ investors, and has helped NC companies raise $55M.

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Strategic Partner Spotlight: IBM

How does IBM help North Carolina entrepreneurs?

IBM has a Global Entrepreneurship Program offering free cloud services to startups. IBMers mentor NC entrepreneurs, coaching startup teams through their many milestones. We sponsor and judge pitch competitions and offer funds and resources to winners. When applicable, we bring NC entrepreneurs to client meetings, showcase them at conferences, and partner with them on pivotal projects.

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For the last 30 years, CED has connected entrepreneurial companies with high-value resources to accelerate business growth.

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Since 1984, the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) has cultivated the entrepreneurial ecosystem, turning the Triangle into a leading hub for company growth and success. With more than 400 active companies, our expansive membership of industry veterans, successful innovators and enterprising startups comprises the largest and longest-running network for entrepreneurs in the country.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, CED is committed to empowering entrepreneurs to go further faster by leveraging The Network. Partners of CED are fueling tomorrow's success stories by investing in today's ecosystem. Join The Network.

Empowering Entrepreneurs To Go Further Faster

With just the right combination of opportunity, resources and talent, the Triangle region of North Carolina is experiencing explosive growth and business success. Behind that growth is a community with a 30-year commitment to fostering new insights in technology-based industries, and a track record of successful startups in North Carolina. At the core of this community is CED, which has formed a powerful network of investors, entrepreneurs, corporate partners, mentors and support organizations.

By making the right connections and sharing experience, knowledge and resources, we can work together to ensure further growth and success for North Carolina’s entrepreneurs.