CED Tech Venture Conference

Company applications are NOW OPEN! Deadline: June 27

Meet Conference Co-chairs Robbie Allen & Jason Caplain.

Registration opens July 6. Speakers and more TBA soon.

As the premier event for technology entrepreneurs in the Southeast, CED Tech Venture Conference attracts some of the most innovative minds from across the nation to Raleigh, NC, recently ranked #5 tech hotspot, and features:

  • 800 entrepreneurs, investors, corporate visionaries and community leaders
    including 75+ investment funds
  • Live on-stage company pitches
  • Demo room for networking with 90+ emerging NC companies
  • Top industry thought leaders as speakers and panelists
  • Special entrepreneur-only opening workshops

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.

Engage with industry leaders, radical thinkers and trail-blazing 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.

Registration Opens July 6!

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

   Entrepreneur - CED Member

           $275            $325            $375

   Entrepreneur - Non-member*

           $475            $525            $625

   CED Member

           $475            $550            $625


           $575            $650            $725

*Join and SaveCED Members get the lowest rates. Are you an entrepreneur? You may be able to join CED and attend the conference for less than $475. Click Here for Membership Info

Tue, Sep 19
2017 - 8:00am to 9:00am
Pre-conference Workshop
2017 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
Entrepreneur Workshop
2017 - 11:00am to 6:00pm
Registration Open
2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
INVITE ONLY SEIG Lunch & Presentations
2017 - 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Demo Room Open
2017 - 1:00pm to 1:45pm
Main Stage Conference Opening
2017 - 1:45pm to 2:30pm
Showcase Company Presentations #1
2017 - 2:30pm to 3:00pm
Networking Break
2017 - 3:00pm to 3:45pm
2017 - 3:00pm to 3:15pm
Main Stage Program
2017 - 3:15pm to 3:45pm
Lightning Round Company Presentations #1
2017 - 3:45pm to 4:15pm
Main Stage Program
2017 - 4:15pm to 4:45pm
Networking Break
2017 - 4:45pm to 5:15pm
Showcase Company Presentations #2
2017 - 5:15pm to 6:00pm
Main Stage Program
2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Networking Reception
2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
INVITE ONLY Investor Dinner
Wed, Sep 20
2017 - 7:30am to 8:30am
2017 - 8:00am to 9:00am
Continental Breakfast
2017 - 8:30am to 12:30pm
Demo Room Open
2017 - 9:00am to 9:30am
Main Stage Program
2017 - 9:30am to 10:15am
Showcase Company Presentations #2
2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
2017 - 10:15am to 10:45am
Main Stage
2017 - 10:45am to 11:15am
Networking Break
2017 - 11:15am to 11:45am
Lightning Round Company Presentations #2
2017 - 11:45am to 12:15pm
Main Stage Program
2017 - 12:15pm to 12:45pm
Networking Break
2017 - 12:45pm to 2:00pm
Main Stage Closing Lunch


Hear from Technology Visionaries and Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders

COMING SOON: Confirmed Speakers for 2017

In addition to company presentations and networking in the Demo Room, the agenda will feature top industry thought leaders as speakers and panelists throughout the two-day conference. Past speakers have included executives from Andreessen Horowitz, Citrix, Cree, Google, Revolution LLC, SAS, Sequoia Capital, and many more leading tech companies and investment firms.

Robbie Allen
Conference Co-chair; Founder & Executive Chairman
Automated Insights
Jason Caplain
Conference Co-chair; General Partner
Bull City Venture Partners


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.


Applications for the CED Tech Venture Conference 2017 are now open. Click Here to Apply.
Deadline to Apply: June 27

This application serves as your request for both featured opportunities:

  1. Demo Room - Reserved exhibit table for one-on-one networking with potential investors, partners and clients 
  2. Main Stage - Live on-stage presentation as part of the main conference agenda plus a spot in the Demo Room

Why Apply:

  • Investor Exposure. Take advantage of the most efficient, cost-effective way to get in front of 75+ investment funds at once.  
  • Show and Tell. Exhibit your technology in person at a Demo Room booth for all conference attendees to experience.
  • Street Cred. Be recognized by CED and other leaders in the entrepreneurial community as a “Tech Company to Watch”.
  • News Coverage. Just Announced! Exclusive press opportunities with ExitEvent & WRAL TechWire.
  • Entrepreneur-only Workshop. Meet and learn from successful serial entrepreneurs. Share with your peers.

Who Should Apply:
Companies developing a product or technology in one of the following areas:
AdTech, Advanced Manufacturing/Materials, AgTech, Artificial Intelligence, Automation/Machine Learning, BI/Analytics, Consumer Product, Clean Tech, Cloud/Storage, Digital Health, Ecommerce, EdTech, Energy, FinTech, Gaming, Hardware, HR Tech, Infrastructure, Internet of Things (IoT), Marketing Tech, Mobile, Shared Economy, Security, Social, Virtual Reality, Wearables, or other Tech-enabled Service. 

To Apply:
Applications are submitted through My CED (our secure community portal). The application may be edited up until the time you submit.  

Link: https://ced-nc.force.com/Community/CommunityCEDLogin

  • If you already have a profile, enter your email address and password
  • If you are new to the community, quickly create a profile

Once logged in, click on "Apply to Present at Tech Venture 2017" (in the upper right). 

Application Deadline:
All applications must be completed by midnight on Tuesday, June 27th.
Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee in early July and company selectons will be announced publicly by the end fo July/first of August.

Want to see who was featured last year? Click to Download the 2016 Company List by Sub-Sector

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
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.

What is the cost to attend?

Click here for rates. Registration opens July 6. Join CED and save. Get up to $75 off by registering before August 24. 

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What is the nearest airport?

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

Where can I stay?

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

Sheraton Raleigh Hotel
421 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
Phone 919-834-9900

Marriott City Center
500 Fayetteville Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
Phone: 919-833-1120

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.