CED Announces 100+ ‘Showcase, Lightning-Round & Demo’ Companies To Be Featured at Tech Venture Conference 2015

DURHAM, NC, Aug. 13, 2015 – The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), the largest and longest-running network for entrepreneurs in the country, today announced more than 100 “showcase, lightning-round and demo” companies that were selected to be featured at this year’s CED Tech Venture Conference 2015. These companies represent North Carolina’s hottest emerging and growth-stage technology companies.

This year’s conference theme is #ScalingUp, a topic that has sparked a national conversation about how to unlock the power of entrepreneurship by supporting growth-stage companies more aggressively.

“North Carolina companies are not just starting up, but scaling up – making big hires, acquiring new customers and connecting to investors all over the country,” said Jay Bigelow, director of entrepreneurship for CED. “The Tech Venture Conference stage will be packed with people who have cracked the scaling code. We will feature the most innovative companies and thought leaders in the country – people who know what it takes not just to start up, but to scale up and succeed.”

CED President Joan Siefert Rose added: “We know that the scaleup phase is where the entrepreneurial sector truly starts to deliver on its promise of creating jobs and economic prosperity. This year’s conference has reach and relevance for audiences around the world.”

Fourteen showcase companies, considered the “best of the best,” were selected to tell their story on the main stage in front of over 800 attendees at a conference that has become a “Who’s Who” of the nation’s technology industry – from the most exciting emerging tech companies to the most influential investors and tech leaders. It will be held Sept. 15–16 at the Raleigh Convention Center.

This year, because of the overwhelming number of worthy applications, the selection committee decided to create a new category. In addition to the showcase companies presenting on the main stage, the committee selected 17 early-stage companies to present on the main stage during a “lightning round.”

Nearly 80 of the most exciting early-stage companies have also been invited to demonstrate their products and technologies in the Demo Room at the conference.

“We had so many companies this year that deserve to be in the main-stage spotlight that we had to create a whole new category with the lightning round,” Bigelow said. “Between the main stage and the Demo Room, we’ll be showing the ‘full stack’ of the ecosystem – from early stage, to emerging growth, to companies with significant traction. This is a sign of a healthy ecosystem, that we have companies at all stages and can match them with investors at all stages.”

Bigelow said applicants listed more than 40 separate entrepreneurial support organizations that have assisted them as they build their businesses.

“Growing a new company is a team sport, and having a large number of supporting organizations all working to build the next great tech company is a huge asset,” Bigelow said. “The entrepreneurial ecosystem is alive and vibrant in North Carolina, and new technology companies are being born and nurtured here every day.”

The conference attracts a broad sweep of national venture capital firms, angel investors, corporate and strategic investors, representatives from North Carolina’s top universities, entrepreneurial companies from across the state, and community partners.

This year’s featured companies hail from cities all over North Carolina, including: Aberdeen, Apex, Asheville, Burlington, Candler, Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Clayton, Durham, Fuquay-Varina, Greensboro, Indian Trail, Morrisville, Mount Airy, Pittsboro, Raleigh, Research Triangle Park, Rocky Mount, Wake Forest, Weaverville and Wilmington.

The companies represent a diversity of technologies and subsectors, including: AdTech, advanced materials and manufacturing, big data, connected devices/Internet of Things, crowdfunding, cleantech, SaaS, e-commerce, mobile/social, security and wearables.

The selection committee that chose this year’s companies was made up of distinguished members of the community, including active angel investors, local and regional venture capital firms, corporate partners, staff from CED and a presenting partner for the conference.

This year’s showcase companies, listed in alphabetical order, are:

Betaversity Raleigh
BoomboxFM Durham
Dude Solutions Cary
inMotionNow Morrisville
Lea(R)n, Inc. Raleigh
Pack Purchase Raleigh
Pendo Raleigh
Plum Print Candler
RevBoss Durham
Reveal Mobile Raleigh
RocketBolt Durham
Stealz, Inc. Raleigh
Windsor Circle Durham
Zaloni Durham

 This year’s lightning-round companies, listed in alphabetical order, are:

Akili Software, Inc. Raleigh
AppVested Indian Trail
Atmospheric Plasma Solutions, Inc. Cary
BioMetrix LLC Mount Airy
ELXR Health, Inc. Durham
Essay Assay, Inc. Durham
Fabl Durham
Freedom Chapel Hill
Fusion3 Greensboro
Klever Durham
National Speed Wilmington
Offline Media, Inc. Raleigh
PodKeeper Charlotte
SeaChange Technologies Raleigh
SOLOpro Chapel Hill
Szl.it Inc. Durham
Testive Durham

 This year’s demo companies, listed in alphabetical order, are:

3F, LLC Raleigh
3DFS Pittsboro
Airahm Inc. Chapel Hill
AnyCloud Durham
Appalatch Weaverville
Aten, Inc. Research Triangle Park
BabyShareLove Raleigh
Beer Exchange Charlotte
BeesWax Websites Asheville
Big Pixel Raleigh
Bivarus, Inc. Durham
Buzz Behind Worldwide, LLC Morrisville
ChopTix Chapel Hill
Cityzen Raleigh
CommuniGift Chapel Hill
Counter Tools Carrboro
Divvy Investments Cary
EmployUs Raleigh
Epoch Universal, Inc. Charlotte
Farmzie Raleigh
Fix-A-Latch Chapel Hill
Flippze Wilmington
Fresh Box LLC Raleigh
Inverge Chapel Hill
Joosy, Inc. Raleigh
Kyma Technologies Raleigh
Legal Software Solutions, LLC Raleigh
Likeli Wilmington
LineHire Chapel Hill
LocoDIsco Raleigh
LogZilla Corporation Morrisville
Mindset Systems, Inc. Chapel Hill
MiPayWay Wake Forest
MobRocket Asheville
Muses Labs, Inc. Raleigh
My Family Cloud Apex
Nicotrax Raleigh
Nomadic Technologies Charlotte
Noteables Durham
OBX Computing Corporation Raleigh
Papilia Raleigh
Personalized Learning Games Inc. Durham
Polymer Braille, Inc. Raleigh
Practichem Morrisville
ProAxion Apex
PRTI, Inc. Raleigh
Queue Software Raleigh
Racefeedx Raleigh
ReActiv Designs Cary
ResiSpeak Cary
Ripl Asheville
Sarda Technologies, Inc. Durham
ShomoLive, Inc. Charlotte
ShopBot Tools, Inc. Durham
SlideSource.com Research Triangle Park
Smart Office Energy Solutions Chapel Hill
Snapptop Raleigh
SnapYeti Raleigh
Sweeps Raleigh
TAGGD’ Asheville
TaskTorch Raleigh
Taste Analytics Charlotte
TCI Software, Inc. Aberdeen
The Train App, Co Greensboro
Tiger Eye Sensor, Inc. Clayton
Tootdeck, Inc. Cary
Trainworks, Inc. Wake Forest
Trimlio Health Wilmington
Trunk Media, Inc. Asheville
Upswing Durham
Vaporware, Inc. Raleigh
Vigilent Raleigh
Virtucode Software Fuquay-Varina
Williams Robotics, LLC Burlington
Windlift Durham
Work Around Me Cary
XiLi Mobile, LLC Wilmington
ZynBit Rocky Mount

About CED

CED is the largest and longest-running network for entrepreneurs in the country. CED’s network propels emerging Triangle companies into highly successful businesses. Members include a wide range of startup and growth stage companies, investors, corporate partners, academics, service providers, and individuals interested in benefiting from CED’s powerfully connected network. Read more at http://www.cednc.org.

Conference website: http://www.cednc.org/techventure/

Media interested in attending the conference or connecting with showcase, lightning-round or demo companies should contact Steve Hinkson at 919.549.7500 or shinkson (at) cednc.org.


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