About CED

Making Connections to Accelerate Growth

The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) connects entrepreneurial companies with high-value resources to accelerate business growth. CED services and programs (including Connections to Capital, Venture Mentoring, and signature conferences) empower member companies to go further faster. Partners of CED are fueling tomorrow’s success stories by investing in today’s ecosystem. 

With over 400 active member companies, CED is the largest and longest-running network for entrepreneurs in the country. CED’s membership includes a wide range of entrepreneurial companies, maturing enterprises, corporate partners, investors, academics, service providers and other organizations interested in entrepreneurship. Take some time to meet a few of the stars of our network, and be sure to check out our newsfeed for the latest industry developments.

As a leading data collector of entrepreneurial activity in the US, CED identifies trends, presents findings, and maps North Carolina’s flourishing ecosystem through the CED Innovators Report.

Born Looking to the Future

From its inception in 1984, CED has been dedicated to connecting and growing a community of entrepreneurs in the Triangle region of North Carolina. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, CED has provided years of support, mentoring, research, investor outreach, education, public relations and other programs and services essential to business growth. CED has played a vital role in fostering today’s successful and diverse culture of entrepreneurship in North Carolina.

After 30 years of cultivating such a powerful network of successful entrepreneurs and investors, our team of industry veterans and innovators continues to develop dynamic, inspiring means for expanding entrepreneurship in North Carolina.

Explore the CED Entrepreneurial Network

Whether you seek learning and networking opportunities, connections to capital and partners, or help navigating the entrepreneurial ecosystem, we’re excited for you to join CED in whatever capacity best suits your interests and needs:

We invite you to contact us online or call 919.549.7500 to learn more. You can also meet the CED Team and Board of Directors to get to know us a little better.