CED Tech Venture Conference

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NEW: Entrepreneur Workshop and
VC + Private Equity Workshop
100+ Featured Companies On Stage & in the Demo Room
Meet the Speakers and Conference Co-chairs

Coming Soon: Agenda Details including Investor Reverse Pitches

As the premier event for technology entrepreneurs in the Southeast, CED Tech Venture Conference attracts 800+ attendees including trailblazing entrepreneurs, investors, corporate leaders, and industry visionaries from across the nation to Raleigh, NC, recently ranked the #4 next top tech city and #2 best city for young entrepreneurs. Now in its 33rd year, #CEDTVC is the one of nation’s longest-running entrepreneurial events featuring:

  • Live on-stage company presentations from 20+ entrepreneurs
  • Demo Room showcasing 100+ of the Southeast's hottest tech companies
  • Multiple high-level networking opportunities including an evening reception
  • 75+ investment funds in attendance from across the U.S. 
    NEW in 2017: Investor Reverse Pitches - Hear direct from investors about each fund's investment criteria. More details TBA.
  • Game-changing thought leadership from keynote speakers and expert panels
  • Exclusive entrepreneur-only opening workshop and
    NEW in 2017: Invite-only venture capital & private equity workshop for investors

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 across the U.S., venture capital to corporate to angels. In addition to North Carolina's most active firms, past investors have included partners from prominent out-of-state funds such as Sequoia Capital, Greycroft, Grotech Ventures, and Comcast Ventures.

Experience two days of the most valuable programming and connections in the Southeast. Engage with industry leaders, radical thinkers and trailblazing 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, workshops, agenda, and more, sign up for our newsletter.

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Please see rates below. Get up to $75 off by registering before August 24. 

 

  Early Registration 7/6-8/24

  Regular Registration 8/25-9/14   On-site Registration
  9/19-9/20

   Entrepreneur - CED Member

           $275            $325            $375

   Entrepreneur - Non-member*

           $475            $550            $625

   CED Member

           $475            $550            $625

   Non-member*

           $575            $650            $725

*Join and SaveCED Members get the lowest rates. Are you an entrepreneur or work for a startup? You may be able to join CED and attend the conference for less than $475. Plus, your co-workers get access to the lowest rate. Click for Entrepreneur Membership Info

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Cancellation Policy:

  • All registrations must be accompanied by payment to be officially processed.
  • Registrations may not be substituted online.
  • Cancellations received before September 14 are refundable.
  • Cancellations received September 15 and after are non-refundable.

If you are experiencing technical issues with registration, please email Grace gwilliamson@cednc.org for assistance.

Tue, Sep 19
2017 - 9:00am to 10:00am
FREE Workshop - NC State’s Alumni Entrepreneurs Network "Tech Companies Changing The World - Their Innovations, Entrepreneurial Journeys, and What’s Next" (Room 306) - See FAQs for details.
2017 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
Entrepreneur Workshop + Lunch with Scot Wingo - Exclusively for Registered Entrepreneurs (Room 306) - See FAQs for details.
2017 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
INVITE ONLY Venture Capital & Private Equity Investor Workshop + Lunch (Room 305) - See FAQs for details.
2017 - 11:00am to 6:00pm
Registration Open (Ballroom Level)
2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
INVITE ONLY SEIG Lunch & Presentations
2017 - 1:00pm to 7:00pm
Demo Room Open (Ballrooms A&B)
2017 - 1:00pm to 1:55pm
OFFICIAL CONFERENCE OPENING & Featured Speakers • David Cohen & Chris Heivly, Techstars • More TBA (Ballroom C)
2017 - 1:55pm to 2:45pm
Showcase Company Presentations #1 (Ballroom C)
2017 - 2:45pm to 3:25pm
Networking Break (Demo Room, Ballroom A&B)
2017 - 2:45pm to 3:25pm
Investor Reverse Pitches - Hear direct from investors about each fund's investment criteria. Funds TBA. (Room 306)
2017 - 3:25pm to 3:50pm
Main Stage Program TBA (Ballroom C)
2017 - 3:50pm to 4:25pm
Lightning Round Company Presentations #1 (Ballroom C)
2017 - 4:25pm to 5:00pm
Networking Break (Demo Room, Ballroom A&B)
2017 - 4:25pm to 5:00pm
Investor Reverse Pitches - Hear direct from investors about each fund's investment criteria. Funds TBA. (Room 306)
2017 - 5:00pm to 5:30pm
Emerging Technology Company Presentations (Ballroom C)
2017 - 5:30pm to 6:00pm
Venture Capital Panel • Alex Estevez, Accel Partners • Mark Fernandes, Sierra Ventures • Brendon Kim, Samsung NEXT Ventures • More TBA Soon! (Ballroom C)
2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Networking Reception (Demo Room, Ballroom A&B)
2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
INVITE ONLY Investor Dinner
Wed, Sep 20
2017 - 7:30am to 8:30am
INVITE ONLY Growth Stage CEO Breakfast
2017 - 8:15am to 9:00am
Continental Breakfast for ALL Registered Attendees (Demo Room, Ballroom A&B)
2017 - 8:15am to 12:30pm
Demo Room Open (Ballroom A&B)
2017 - 9:00am to 9:55am
ScaleUp Company Presentations (TBA) & Featured Speaker • Doug Lebda, LendingTree (Ballroom C)
2017 - 9:55am to 10:45am
Showcase Company Presentations #2 (Ballroom C)
2017 - 10:45am to 11:25am
Networking Break (Demo Room, Ballroom A&B)
2017 - 10:45am to 11:25am
Investor Reverse Pitches - Hear direct from investors about each fund's investment criteria. Funds TBA. (Room 306)
2017 - 11:25am to 11:45am
Main Stage Program TBA (Ballroom C)
2017 - 11:45am to 12:20pm
Lightning Round Company Presentations #2 (Ballroom C)
2017 - 12:20pm to 12:40pm
Networking Break
2017 - 12:40pm to 2:00pm
Closing Lunch & Featured Speaker • "The 5 Things I Learned While Building a $2B Company" Michael Chasen, PrecisionHawk (Ballroom C)

Speakers

Hear from Technology Visionaries and Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders

MORE SPEAKERS TBA SOON

In addition to company presentations and high-level networking opportunities, the agenda will feature top industry thought leaders as speakers and panelists throughout the two-day conference. This year's lineup includes:

  • successful serial entrepreneurs sharing what it's like to build billion dollar companies
  • active venture capital and corporate investors from across the U.S. discussing funding trends and best practices for entrepreneurs
  • influential entrepreneurial support leaders and mentors chatting about the future of entrepreneurship
Robbie Allen
Conference Co-chair; Founder & Executive Chairman
Automated Insights
Jason Caplain
Conference Co-chair; General Partner
Bull City Venture Partners
CEO
PrecisionHawk
David Cohen
Founder and co-CEO
Techstars
Alex Estevez
Venture Partner
Accel Partners
Mark Fernandes
Managing Director
Sierra Ventures
Chris Heivly
Entrepreneur In Residence (EIR)
Techstars
Founder, Chairman & CEO
LendingTree

Sponsors

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 rcostello@cednc.org or phone 919.549.7500.

Companies

Showcasing 100+ of the Southeast's Hottest Emerging and Growth Stage Companies

JUST IN! Selected companies to be featured at the conference were chosen for four different opportunities:

  • Showcase - 13 companies were chosen to be showcased on the main stage. Entrepreneurs will share their story and present live.
  • Emerging Technologies – 5 companies were identified as particularly disruptive technology and will provide a main-stage demonstration.
  • Lightning Round – 21 companies were chosen for a pitch on the main stage, limited to a few minutes each.
  • Demo Room – An additional 56 companies will be exhibited in the Demo Room for one-on-one networking and in-person display. 

Company List By Sub-sector
Sub-sectors: AdTech, Advanced Manufacturing & Materials, Artificial Intelligence, Business Intelligence/Analytics, Clean Tech, Cloud Storage, Consumer Products, Digital Health, E-commerce, EdTech, FinTech, Gaming, HR Tech, Internet of Things, Security, Virtual Reality and More

Click the Company Name Below to View Full Profile
(Please note, some companies are still updating their profiles.) 
*Denotes a Showcase company.   **Denotes an Emerging Technologies company.   ***Denotes a Lightning Round company.

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 visionaries
  • Nationally-recognized industry leaders
  • Tech enthusiasts
  • Press/Media
What is the cost to attend?

Save up to $75 off by registering before August 24. Plus, CED Members get the lowest rates! Are you an entrepreneur or work for a startup? You may be able to join CED and attend the conference for less than $475. And your co-workers get access to the lowest rate.

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How do I get access to exclusive workshops?

For registered Entrepreneurs only: Entrepreneur Workshop + Lunch with Scot Wingo 

  • We are going to help decode the secrets to scaling success by talking to folks that have ‘been there and done that’. We'll look at fundraising, recruiting and scaling your sales team. Our goal is to give you the tools to go from a $1m/yr run rate to $10m rapidly. More details TBA soon!
  • Tuesday, Sept 19, 10:30am-12:30pm

For registered Investors only: Venture Capital & Private Equity Workshop + Lunch

  • The workshop will feature insightful leaders on an LP Panel and a Corporate Development/M&A Panel for discussion and Q&A session. Networking breaks will be included and lunch will be provided. 
  • Tuesday, Sept 19, 10:30am-12:30pm

For ALL registered attendees: NC State’s Alumni Entrepreneurs Network "Tech Companies Changing The World - Their Innovations, Entrepreneurial Journeys, and What’s Next"

  • Leaders from each company will share more about their journey, their story, and their company, followed by a short Q&A: Lumeova, Smart Material Solutions, NExS Software LLC, EcoPRT
  • Tuesday, Sept 19, 9am-10am
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 rcostello@cednc.org or by phone at 919.226.0464.

Where can I stay?

The Marriott City Center Raleigh and Sheraton Raleigh Hotel are both convenient to the Raleigh Convention Center. Please see discounted room block information below:

Marriott City Center - Block Rate: $219/night
Limited availability. Deadline to book is August 28.
Click to Book Online
500 Fayetteville Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
Phone: 919-833-1120
www.marriottraleigh.com

Sheraton Raleigh Hotel - Block Rate: $174/night
Limited availability. Deadline to book is September 4.
Click to Book Online
421 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
Phone 919-834-9900
www.sheratonraleigh.com

What is the nearest airport?

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

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.