Annual Fund

Entrepreneurs Need Your Support - Give Back to the Network

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Entrepreneurs need a strong network to scale and grow their businesses. These businesses create jobs and opportunities that make the Triangle a great place to live. And these success stories are something we can all be proud of.

CED is that network. For more than 30 years, we’ve helped bring together entrepreneurs, investors, expert advisors and community partners to support innovation in our community. We’ve been able to achieve great results with the support of donors who are inspired by big ideas that are transformed into fast-growing companies.

In the past year, we’ve made significant progress:

  • North Carolina companies raised more than $800 million in funding in 2016. CED tracks and promotes these deals through our interactive Innovators Report, educating the country on our impressive entrepreneurial activity.

  • The Triangle is gaining recognition: The Triangle area was recently recognized as the #4 Next Top Tech City (, #5 Top Tech City Undergoing A Tenant Boom (Forbes), and #8 U.S. Biopharma Cluster (GEN News). Raleigh was recently recognized as the #2 Best City for Young Entrepreneurs (MoneyRates) and #4 City in the U.S. for Fostering Entrepreneurial Growth (1776). Durham was recognized as a Top 10 Best Place for Women Entrepreneurs (Good Call), just to name a few.

  • CED ensures a strong pipeline of high-growth companies by offering coaching and advising through the Venture Mentoring Service – completely free to entrepreneurs - which has helped more than 150 companies gain traction

Make a gift to super-charge the innovation economy and put the Triangle at the top of the list of entrepreneurial communities. We know we’re ready, and we can get there with your help. Contributions to the CED Annual Fund are 100% tax-deductible, and a proven cost-effective way to connect people and resources..

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For questions about the Annual Fund or the programs it benefits, please contact Robin Costello