how can CED help you build your company?
Whether you’re at the beginning of your entrepreneurial journey or ready to take your small company to bigger places, you need to align yourself with the right people and resources to ensure success.
The Council for Entrepreneurial Development creates opportunities for entrepreneurs through introductions to investors, educational workshops, and connections that count.
Being a successful entrepreneur requires a commitment to continuous learning. CED offers you valuable educational resources, including our Venture Mentoring Services, One-on-One support, and Partner Resource Workshops.
Venture Mentoring Service
The CED Venture Mentoring Service, a team-based mentoring approach and adapted to meet the needs of our growing entrepreneurial companies. learn More
One-on-one Entrepreneurial Support
To refine your plans, get expert feedback, and bounce ideas, CED offers one-on-one advisory support. Our Entrepreneurial Support Team is available to answer your questions and help you move in the right direction.
Partner Resource Workshops
Get a deeper understanding of the ins and outs of a successful business with CED’s workshops. We collaborate with community resources to bring you valuable educational and networking opportunities. Offered throughout the year, you’ll have the opportunity to deepen your business knowledge, meet other entrepreneurs, and gain a new perspective on your company.
Some of the learning opportunities we have offered include:
If your company needs backing, you need to collaborate with investors that are aligned with your brand, mission, and future goals. We’ll help you connect with the ideal investors in a four-step process:
1. Discovery—We’ll start with a deep Discovery, identifying what you need from an investor, the industry vertical best suited to your company, growth plans, and long-term goals.
2. Review & Prepare—To help you move forward and connect with investors, we’ll assess your pitch deck, personal narrative, and branding–and we’ll help you practice the final pitch.
3. Match-up—Based on everything we learn in the Discovery, we search our extensive database of Investors and hone in on the ideal matches to meet your needs.
4. Connect—Once we’ve shared our Match-ups with you, we then arrange for introductions.
Meeting the right people is crucial to the success of your company. CED knows the importance of connections, and we provide many opportunities for networking with other entrepreneurs, potential investors, and community supporters.
Networking events are only as valuable as the attendees. CED networking offers you the chance to meet and mingle with the area’s most successful entrepreneurs, giving you incredible opportunities for learning, support, and momentum.
Once we’ve gotten to know you and gain a thorough understanding of the company you’re building and what you need to get there, we can match you with ideal candidates from our Partner Referral Network.
Mindshare is a network of professionals made up of regionally-based CEOs from emerging and high-growth entrepreneurial companies. This gives entrepreneurs the chance to meet in a confidential space and help each other work through any challenges they are experiencing. Learn more
Everything you’re working on as an entrepreneur, CED will help you shift all of it into overdrive. They connected us with help, tools, and investors we didn’t even know existed. CED has been a rewarding investment for us”
CED has been a wonderful resource for me as a new entrepreneur. They offer many opportunities for learning and networking and have been very good at answering questions, providing feedback, and making key introductions for me. I value my relationship with CED and consider them to be a great contributor to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Triangle area”
Before moving to the triangle, CED was the first professional contact I made in the area. Jay Bigelow and Victoria Centeno are great to know and have kindly welcomed me to the area by introducing me to their extensive network. The CED connection has helped to guide my transition from LA to Raleigh and from engineering to entrepreneurship. I would not have had as strong a conviction to make this move without them. ”
I honestly have not experienced anything like what CED does for its client companies. I have worked in the biotech space in San Diego, the Bay Area, Philadelphia, Australia, France and the UK. The notion of these communities providing help to nurture small companies would simply not occur.”
CED is an indispensable partner for us as a new startup business. Their tireless effort and professional approach are the unwritten testimonial of our existence. They understand the challenges and recommend effective methods to overcome those challenges as they help you rationally think about solutions. I cannot imagine the journey without the trusted partnership of Jay and Hunter as crucial part of the team. ”
Past partner companies
one way to measure success of your company is through ongoing investments
raised by CED partner companies
companies supported by CED