PRESS RELEASE: CED Announces GRO Demo Day

CED Announces GRO Demo Day

Following in the footsteps of some 1,000 North Carolina companies before them, nine new companies are ready to present their story

RTP, NC, September 7, 2022  — The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) announces GRO Demo Day for its’ summer cohort, this event will be held in-person, Thursday, October 6 from 4:00-8:00 PM at Pendo’s new HQ at 301 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27603.

If you’d like to attend, please RSVP through the online registration form. Space is limited. 

GRO is a twelve-week incubator program aimed at supporting high-growth, high-impact companies looking to grow their venture through valuable programming and coaching. GRO Demo Day is an opportunity for companies to share their story and vision for an exciting new venture. “Demo Day allows these companies to pitch to the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem,” Jay Bigelow said. “They have spent 12 weeks working towards launch and are looking for customers, partners and investors,” he added. “It takes a village to build a great company, and GRO Demo Days are a chance for the broader entrepreneurial village to see these new additions.”

PwC is sponsoring this Demo Day.

“PwC US has been a proud sponsor of CED and the work it does to build and sustain a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem here in North Carolina for decades,” says Garret Tripp, Partner at PwC. “I am excited to see what this newest crop of ventures is working on.”

GRO incorporates the foundations of iContact Founder Ryan Allis’s Ecademy – Entrepreneurship Course. Each week a domain expert presents important information on useful topics like: effective customer discovery, securing your first customers, financial models, go-to-market strategy, venture funding v bootstrapping, and compensating early employees. In addition, GRO has special guest speakers, entrepreneurs from the CED network, who share their entrepreneurial journal story and experience. Participants of GRO are guided 1:1 via a team of experienced coaches. 

“We receive support to execute this program from both sides of our network. Successful founders who once leveraged CED resources for their own ventures, now pay-it-forward as our mentor-coaches,” says Kelly Rowell, CEO at CED, “balanced by corporate partners, like PwC, who invest dollars that enable us to deliver a quality program.”

Please join us to celebrate and support the latest GRO Incubator cohort.

Meet our GRO Companies

The startups participating in the current cohort:

Crest Digital Therapeutics is developing a prescription digital therapeutic and practice management tool that can both facilitate and deliver evidence-based interventions for mental health patients.

Givefinity enables volunteers and organizations to easily track, validate and report on their required volunteer activities resulting in significant time savings.

HLRobin – The H-450 BAT is an infrastructure agnostic aircraft with a 3000-pound lift capacity that solves shipping and logistics problems for on-time “HUB to HUB” delivery.

Let Each Speak is a software tool for senior executives and managers at mid-size and large organizations who want thoughtful contributions to high-value decisions by creating an inclusive environment that encourages deep thinking and intellectual diversity.

Revware – Introducing MiGage, a cost-effective 3D inspection solution for manufacturing quality assurance combining our precision MicroScribe measuring arm with state-of-the-art statistical algorithms, packaged into an intuitive user interface.

Social Cascade is a new approach to patient engagement enabling pediatric clinics to stand up an active, informative social media presence with little to no effort.

Softsellr uses graph analytics, machine learning, and social networking to deliver a revenue network for enterprise software sales people.

Washington’s Hammer – Introducing Keelblok TM a cloud-based ship repair platform that delivers transparency and oversight during Naval maintenance periods.

Wyndscreen is making it easier and less frustrating to buy and sell all types of used vehicles online.



GRO Demo Day will be on Thursday, October 6 from 4:00-8:00 PM at Pendo, 301 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27603. Space will be limited. To RSVP to this private event, please visit the  online registration form.

For more information about the program, visit the CED website at https://cednc.org/get/gro/. Media should contact Elaina Bade at ebade@cednc.org for more details.

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About CED (Council for Entrepreneurial Development)

The Council for Entrepreneurial Development was formed in 1984 by a group of business leaders wanting to empower the successful creation and growth of entrepreneurial companies in the North Carolina region. CED acts as the connective center for all of this to happen. Through high-touch support, education, access to capital, and crucial connections, CED brings entrepreneurs together with the optimal resources needed to turn a new company into a success story. For more information go to www.cednc.org 

About PwC

At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. We’re a network of firms in 155 countries with over 327,000 people who are committed to delivering quality assurance, advisory and tax services. Find out more and tell us what matters to you by visiting us at www.pwc.com.

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