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?

GROW YOUR COMPANY Get Support

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

EMPOWER AN ENTREPRENEUR Give Support

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:

1500

Companies have completed CED programs like Fast Trac Venture

6700

Volunteer hours have been given through CED’s Venture Mentoring Service

$27B

Invested in North Carolina companies during 2018

300+

Investor introductions made in 2018

  • #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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    #PartnerCompany

    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

  • #PartnerCompany

    CED is an invaluable asset to the Triangle community. Startups have incredible, no-cost resources at their disposal, and investors and mentors have an efficient, vetted way to connect with companies. I’m confident CED’s long-standing presence has been a significant driver of the Triangle’s success as a startup hub. ”

    Natasha Goldstein // The Accountkeepers

  • #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?

know-how

From the Venture Mentoring Service to Accelerate learning sessions, CED provides entrepreneurs with access to a wealth of educational opportunities.

capital

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.

connections

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

March 17-19, 2020

Raleigh Convention Center | Raleigh, NC

Redefining the traditional conference, Venture Connect, is a new three-day experience. Recognizing the innovation potential across the Tech & Life Science communities in the southeast.

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