CED Tech Venture Conference

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Entrepreneur Robbie Allen & Investor Jason Caplain Explain Why You Should Attend

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 - View Companies by Sub-sector or Full Profiles
  • 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:
    Ballast Point Ventures ∙ Bull City Venture Partners ∙ Cofounders Capital ∙ Eastside Partners ∙ Fulcrum Equity Partners ∙ Greycroft ∙ Grotech Ventures ∙ Harbert Growth Partners ∙ Idea Fund Partners ∙ Intel Capital ∙ Noro-Moseley Partners ∙ OCA Ventures ∙ Osage Venture Partners ∙ Pilot Mountain Ventures ∙ Revolution ∙ River Cities Capital Funds ∙ SJF Ventures ∙ Spring Lake Equity Partners ∙ Stanley Ventures ∙ Stonehenge Growth Equity Partners ∙ Vocap Investment Partners ∙ Warburg Pincus
  • 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.

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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 • LP Panel: GEM, TrueBridge, UNCMC, StepStone • Corp Dev/M&A Panel: Citrix, Intel, Red Hat, Sharecare (Room 305) - See FAQs for details.
2017 - 11:00am to 6:00pm
Registration Open (Ballroom Level)
2017 - 12:00pm to 12:30pm
2017 - 12:45pm to 7:15pm
Demo Room Open (Ballrooms A&B)
2017 - 12:45pm to 1:50pm
OFFICIAL CONFERENCE OPENING • Governor Roy Cooper • Fireside Chat with Silicon Valley Legend John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins hosted by Steve Nelson of Carbon, Inc. (Ballroom C)
2017 - 1:50pm to 2:35pm
Showcase Company Presentations #1 - Myxx, Inc., IMPATHIQ, Keona Health, NeuroPlus, RxDataScience Inc., ProcessMaker (Ballroom C)
2017 - 2:35pm to 3:15pm
Networking Break (Demo Room, Ballroom A&B)
2017 - 2:35pm to 3:15pm
Investor Reverse Pitches - Hear direct from investors about each fund's investment criteria - Ballast Point, Grotech, OCA, Osage, Revolution, SJF Ventures, Vocap (Room 306)
2017 - 3:15pm to 3:45pm
Lightning Round Company Presentations #1 - BruVue, DataClarity Corporation, Dor, EasyVote Solutions, EmployUs, Fluree, PBC, Map My Customers, PeopleLove, The Wed Clique, TiO Home, Inc., Udu, Inc. (Ballroom C)
2017 - 3:45pm to 4:20pm
"Founders, Investors & Community: Worldwide Impact at Scale​" David Cohen, Founder and co-CEO of Techstars hosted by Chris Heivly, Entrepreneur in Residence at Techstars (Ballroom C)
2017 - 4:20pm to 5:00pm
Networking Break (Demo Room, Ballroom A&B)
2017 - 4:20pm to 5:00pm
Investor Reverse Pitches - Hear direct from investors about each fund's investment criteria - Cofounders Capital, Eastside Partners, Fulcrum, Harbert Growth, Noro-Moseley, Pilot Mountain Ventures, River Cities Capital Funds (Room 306)
2017 - 5:00pm to 5:30pm
Emerging Technology Company Presentations - MVTRAK, EcoPRT, Polymer Braille, Yetta Foundation, StrongKey (Ballroom C)
2017 - 5:30pm to 6:15pm
"Investment Trends from Outside the Region" Venture Capital Panel • Alex Estevez, Accel Partners • Mark Fernandes, Sierra Ventures • Brendon Kim, Samsung NEXT Ventures (Ballroom C)
2017 - 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Networking Reception (Demo Room, Ballroom A&B)
2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
INVITE ONLY Investor Dinner
Wed, Sep 20
2017 - 7:15am to 12:00pm
Registration Open (Ballroom Level)
2017 - 7:30am to 8:45am
INVITE ONLY Growth Stage CEO Breakfast
2017 - 8:00am to 8:30am
Continental Breakfast for ALL Registered Attendees (Demo Room, Ballroom A&B)
2017 - 8:00am to 12:35pm
Demo Room Open (Ballroom A&B)
2017 - 8:30am to 9:35am
"Accelerating Growth: NC CEO Updates" TransLoc, Phononic, ArchiveSocial, Pendo, Validic, Netsertive (Ballroom C)
2017 - 9:35am to 10:10am
"The Entrepreneurial Story of LendingTree" Doug Lebda, Founder, Chairman & CEO, LendingTree (Ballroom C)
2017 - 10:10am to 10:40am
Lightning Round Company Presentations #2 - Jobalo, Allstacks, Keen Decision Systems, mesur.io, Inc., Mira, Sideline Fantasy Sports, Sunscreenr, Trio Labs Inc, WISER Systems, Inc., Textile-Based Delivery, Inc (TexDel) (Ballroom C)
2017 - 10:40am to 11:20am
Networking Break (Demo Room, Ballroom A&B)
2017 - 10:40am to 11:20am
Investor Reverse Pitches - Hear direct from investors about each fund's investment criteria - Bull City Venture, Greycroft, Idea Fund, Intel, Spring Lake Equity Partners, Stanley B&D, Stonehenge, Warburg Pincus (Room 306)
2017 - 11:20am to 12:15pm
Showcase Company Presentations #2 - Broadvine, FoodLogiQ, LP Amina, MindSumo, Sense Photonics, Tethis, Inc, InHerSight (Ballroom C)
2017 - 12:15pm to 12:35pm
Networking Break
2017 - 12:35pm to 2:00pm
Closing Lunch • North Carolina Crowdfunding Update by N.C. Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall • Featured Speaker: "The 5 Things I Learned While Building a $2B Company" Michael Chasen, CEO, PrecisionHawk (Ballroom C)


Hear from Technology Visionaries and Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders

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

View the 2017 Speaker Lineup below. Speakers for 2018 will be announced starting a few months before the conference.


Robbie Allen
Conference Co-chair; Founder & Executive Chairman
Automated Insights
Tony Atti
Jason Caplain
Conference Co-chair; General Partner
Bull City Venture Partners
CEO and Founder
David Cohen
Founder and co-CEO
Governor Roy Cooper
State of North Carolina
John Doerr
Kleiner Perkins
Alex Estevez
Venture Partner
Accel Partners
Mark Fernandes
Managing Director
Sierra Ventures
Kathy Harris
Senior Vice President
Tracy Harris
Managing Director
StepStone Group
Chris Heivly
Entrepreneur In Residence (EIR)
TransLoc Inc.
Brendon Kim
Vice President | Managing Director; Global Head of Investments
Samsung NEXT
Founder, Chairman & CEO
Brendan Morrissey
CEO & Co-Founder
CEO & Co-Founder
Mark Rostick
Senior Investment Director
Intel Capital
Drew Schiller
CEO and Co-Founder
Kevin Tunick
VP and Managing Director
UNC Management Company
Mel Williams
General Partner & Co-founder
Scot Wingo
CEO, Get Spiffy; Executive Chairman & Co-Founder, ChannelAdvisor
Get Spiffy, Inc
Hugh Wrigley
Managing Director & Co-founder
Global Endowment Management (GEM)



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 919.226.0464.

The 2017 sponsors are listed below:


Applications for the CED Tech Venture Conference 2018 will open several months before the conference.

Selected 2017 companies 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. 

2017 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
or Download Full 2017 Company Profiles Here

*Showcase   **Emerging Technology   ***Lightning Round

Demo Room Companies

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

The  CED Tech Venture Conference 2018 will be held September 12-13 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?

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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?

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

Marriott City Center - Discounted Room Block Info TBA
500 Fayetteville Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
Phone: 919-833-1120

Sheraton Raleigh Hotel - Discounted Room Block Info TBA
421 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
Phone 919-834-9900

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.