Press Release: New Program by CED – GRO a Nine Week Incubator

RTP, NC, August 10, 2020  — The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) announced the release of a new program today. GRO, a nine-week incubator program beginning October 5th, is aimed at supporting high-growth, high-impact companies looking to grow their venture through valuable programming and coaching. 

CED has supported high-growth entrepreneurial companies for decades. In fact, over 1000 companies successfully completed the Fast Trac® and its sister program Fast Trac® Tech Venture™  Program CED operated for 16 years. Companies like, Precision Biosciences, Transloc and Spoonflower have all found success through valuable CED programming. 

Jay Bigelow, VP of Entrepreneurship, eight year veteran of CED, entrepreneur and investor, says, “So many great companies in the Triangle got their start by going through CED’s Fast Trac® Fast Trac® Tech Venture™.  So much has changed in how new high-growth companies get started but the need for a proven road map, expert guidance and the tips and techniques for how to start and grow the business remains the same. I am excited to launch GRO and welcome our first cohort this fall”

Programming Details

GRO will incorporate the foundations of iContact Founder, Ryan Allis’s Ecademy – Entrepreneurship Course throughout weekly classes delivered by talented speakers along with other foundational learning elements. Participants of GRO will also receive 1:1 coaching from industry leaders and entrepreneurs and complete assignments that will help them launch their venture.

The cost of the program is $950 which grants participants of GRO long-term access to the content they need, as well as a team of supporters and coaches that will ensure progress. 

Important Dates 

  • Application Period – Submit applications now through September 10. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of industry experts and selection will be made based on many factors including stage and progress to date. 
  • Company Selection – Companies will be notified of their application status on September 21
  • Program Start DateOctober 5, 2020

“With GRO, we have updated and enhanced our content, but have kept CED’s special sauce- namely getting to meet and speak with experts and experienced entrepreneurs who have ‘been there/done that’ and who could become your key business contacts for life.” added Jay. 

For more information about the program visit the cednc website or access the application now

Media should contact Kristina Sandine at for more information. 

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