how CED supports early stage companies
We have a proven track record in supporting companies at the most critical time. Our outcomes are based on our ability to deliver effective education while engaging a powerful network of experts to assist along the way. GRO, an incubator by CED leverages a network of experts that have been cultivated over the years to help your venture take off. Cohort companies will attend weekly classes delivered by top-notch speakers, receive 1:1 coaching from industry leaders and entrepreneurs, and complete assignments to help launch their venture.
“I can sum it up in three letters. WOW! GRO was the best spent weeks in the life of Active Defender.” – Jim Boyte, Active Defender Founder/CEO
12 Weeks | 24 Sessions | A game-changing experience
The secret sauce to our success is the culmination of forty years of expertise held within the CED Network. These are coaches, successful entrepreneurs, and domain experts dedicated to giving back and paying it forward to early entrepreneurs just starting their journey. In a sense, the CED Alumni Network reengaged to teach, share and support the incoming freshman class. And there is no one else in North Carolina better positioned to bring together this experience.
“Our coach was incredibly knowledgeable and supportive. He dispensed his advice and suggestions in a professional yet caring manner, leading us to make discoveries by guiding our thought process.” – Dominique & Serge Mouthon, Clever Education Solutions
what to expect
Each cohort is capped at 15 companies in order to create an effective learning environment and promote cohesion among participants. The cohorts meet for two sessions each week. The first session delivers the content for a week in an interactive format by subject matter experts. The second session is a working session where content is applied to each venture in tandem with their matched coaches. Group share is prioritized weekly to promote healthy feedback and build on strengthening relationships within the cohort of companies. At the end of the program, each company will make a pitch to the community with their unique ask for support.
how to apply
Choosing the best investment for your company at such a critical juncture is never an easy decision. We ask that all participants be committed to the program wholly, and prioritize the work. We do not ask for equity. Your investment is $950*, which includes access to the knowledge you need, entrepreneurs who will be long-term supporters and the coaches you need to make progress.
Applications for our next cohort are now closed.
If you are interested in providing a company scholarship, you can make a donation here.
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