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.

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Being a successful entrepreneur requires a commitment to continuous learning. CED offers you valuable educational resources.

1:1 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.

Peer Networking
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.


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.

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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.

Partner Referrals
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.

Founder Support
We’ve got 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

  • #StartupCompany

    I work with CED to be plugged into the vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem of North Carolina. We have benefitted immensely from being a participant in the program and having access to other resources over the years. I look forward to continuing to work with CED and contributing to the entrepreneurial fabric of North Carolina.”

    Leah Townsend, Ph.D. // President // Pulvinar Neuro

  • #StartupCompany

    CEDNC has been a key partner in building meaningful relationships within the North Carolina entrepreneurial ecosystem. Without the early guidance of the council for entrepreneurs and the connection to capital, Gemelli Biotech would not be where it is today. The community that CEDNC creates reassures me that, as startup founders, we are all in this together, learning from each other and collectively moving forward towards the success we all dream of.”

    Matt Mitcho // CEO // Gemelli Biotech

  • #StartupCompany

    CED is an amazing organization, the central hub of entrepreneurial energy in the Triangle. It is the go-to forum in the area to meet with entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers to discuss opportunities, challenges, and best practices.”

    Anthony Rotoli // CEO // TerraDotta

Past partner companies

one way to measure success of your company is through ongoing investments


raised by CED partner companies


companies supported by CED

Liquidia Technologies

IPO $50M


Automated Insights




IPO $52M



ACQ $60M | Ford Smart Mobility


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