Annual Fund


CED is fortunate to have an amazing community that stands behind our mission to empower entrepreneurial companies and connect them to high-value resources.

This year we received personal contributions from 70 individuals to help advance our mission. This group of supporters is accompanied by an even larger group of CED Members, Corporate Sponsors, and Strategic Partners that enables us to be a stronger partner for entrepreneurial companies.

A special thanks to our 2017 Annual Fund donors.

Anonymous* Charlie and Cat Lineberry
DeLisa Alexander Chris Lynch
Holt Anderson Steve Malik
Scott Andrews Brooks Malone
Tony Atti Matt McGowan
Carey Barnes and Ray Wheeler NK Patent Law
Elaine Bolle Pappas Ventures
Kenneth Bollinger Dhruv Patel
Richard C. Brown Daniel Pomp
Patty Briguglio Kevin A. Prakke
David Burkhardt Larry and Debbie Robbins
David Gardner - Cofounders Capital Laura Robinette
CBC/WRAL Community Fund of Triangle Community Foundation Robert Rosenberg
Russ Cobb Michael Saber
Heather Dean Pat Scheper
Scott Duda Drew Schiller
Mark Easley Sr. Brad and Kelly Schomber
Brent Ehmke Jack Sheffield
Douglas Eisner Giles Shih and May Li Shih
John Fahlberg David C. Sokal, MD
Stephen Fraser Krissa Johnson-Sotomayor and John Sotomayor - Sotomayor IP Consulting
Mark Friedman John and Robin Stewart
Meredith and Paul Friga Garret Tripp
John Funkhouser Steve Vanderwoude
John Genthner Anita and David Watkins
Jonathan Gindes Scott E. Weiner
Matt Godwin Edgar Allen West
Venture Back Office Arlon Wilber 
Bernard and Anne Gray Jeff Williams 
Ravila Gupta Adrian Wilson
David and Alison Haines Miriam Wilson
Christof Jensen Bill Wofford
Helga Leftwich  

*Several individuals have chosen to give anonymously to CED, represented here.

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Entrepreneurs need a strong network to scale and grow their businesses. This network provides them with the knowledge, resources, and support they need to navigate the entrepreneurial ecosystem, regardless of their company's life-cycle stage.

CED is this network. For more than 33 years, we’ve helped bring together entrepreneurs, investors, advisors, and community partners to stimulate innovation and growth in our region. And we have been very successful! We are able to achieve these great results with the support individuals and companies, like yourself, who are inspired by big ideas and growing companies.

So, what is CED’s role in all this?

To connect entrepreneurial companies with high-value resources
to accelerate business growth.

By supporting the Annual Fund, you will contribute directly to making sure our mission is achieved and our resources are plentiful, relevant, and sustainable within the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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CED is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Donations made to the Annual Fund are accepted year round. If you are considering making a gift to support entrepreneurs, we’d love to hear from you! (919) 549-7500