CED has 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 combines the foundations of iContact Founder Ryan Allis’s Ecademy – Entrepreneurship Course with a network of experts CED has 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. Apply now for April 2021 Cohorts 2 & 3!

“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 will have a maximum of 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.

Tech Company CurriculumLife Science Curriculum
Week 1The Importance of Customer DiscoveryDe-Risking a Life Science Startup
Week 2Using a Business Model CanvasHow to do Effective Customer Discovery
Week 3Getting your First Customers and What is Organic GrowthUsing the Disciplined Entrepreneurship  Canvas
Week 4Crafting an Effective Investor PitchUnderstanding Non-dilutive funding 
Week 5What is Product-Market Fit?Building an Intellectual Property Strategy
Week 6Managing the Business — Cash ManagementDesigning a Regulatory Strategy
Week 7Growing Your Customer BaseManaging the Business- Cash Management
Week 8Building a repeatable Business ModelBuilding an Effective Investor Story & Pitch Deck
Week 9Open SessionOpen Session
Week 10Understanding the Support You Need to Cross the Finish LineUnderstanding the Support You Need to Cross the Finish Line
Week 11Wrap-up & Pitch ScrubsWrap-up & Pitch Scrubs
Week 12Demo DayDemo Day

apply and application dates/deadlines 

Choosing the best investment for your company at such a critical juncture is never an easy decision. We also believe you should own all of your company, so we don’t ask for equity. What we do ask for is that you be committed to the program wholly,and prioritize the work. 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.

*Scholarships may be available. Please contact us for more information.

Apply for our 2021 Tech Cohort!

Technology companies can now APPLY for GRO, an Incubator by CED. If selected, your company will have the opportunity to join our Tech cohort. All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of industry experts.
We encourage you to apply if you:
  • Have plans to start a high-growth tech company but don’t know where to begin
  • Have started a high-growth tech company but are pre-revenue and need to nail the launch
  • Have launched a high-growth tech company with some revenue but are looking to scale

Apply for our 2022 Life Science Cohort!

Life science companies can now APPLY for GRO, an Incubator by CED. If selected, your company will have the opportunity to join our Life Science cohort. All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of industry experts.
We encourage you to apply if you:
  • Have plans to start a therapeutics, diagnostics, or medical device company but don’t know where to begin
  • Have started a life science company and need to move from the lab through regulatory approval to commercialization
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