community partners are important partners

CED has never underestimated the power of collaboration. In fact, it is the foundation that our organization was built on.  We champion regional success by activating partners across the state.

Today, CED is focused on aligning with resources that have complementary mission-based offerings and are working towards strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem in North Carolina.  Those resources come in different shapes and sizes, and may offer knowledge, financial support, or both. You might ask, what do these resources have in common? The answer is simple. They all make a significant contribution to supporting the growth of entrepreneurial companies alongside CED.  

  • Lilly ferrick

    #Mentor

    I love being a part of the CED! It’s inspiring to be involved with an organization at the forefront of entrepreneurial development. Having been involved in the VMS Mentoring program for two years, the CED team is undeniably committed to understanding and meeting the needs of growing companies.”

    Lilly Ferrick // Lilly Ferrick LLC

  • #EventSponsor

    GSK continues to support CED because they are an important leader and convener of opportunities in science and healthcare community – and because GSK is proud to join others in sustaining North Carolina and the RTP/Triangle area as a great place for business.”

    Jamey Millar // SVP, Managed Markets and Govt. Affairs // GlaxoSmithKline

  • #LifetimeAchievementWinner

    CED should be so proud of the welcoming, gathering, supportive nature of what it has built. It is the reason this is one of the world’s great technology regions.”

    Max Wallace // Life Science Entrepreneur

  • #LeadershipConsultant

    I have recently worked with the team at the CED. They seem to be genuinely interested in leadership and the advancement of their important service to our business community. Bravo!”

    Dr. John Grinnell // Grinnell Leadership

support the entrepreneurial community and collaborate with CED

SPONSOR

SPONSOR

CED partners with the community to power productive gatherings that spark innovation, connections and collaboration.

Venture Connect is an annual summit that is focused on the future of Tech and Life Science in North Carolina.

Network Meet-ups are held quarterly for active partners and partner companies.

Fly-ins for investors that offer invite-only company pitches and syndication with regional investors.

2019-2020 Event Partnership Opportunities

MENTOR

MENTOR

CED provides a robust mentoring services that applies a team-based mentoring approach to early companies looking for a little extra support.  

Mentors in this program volunteer their time to help with the challenges companies face as they scale. Attend monthly meetings to hear company pitches and opt-in to teams that need your skills. Teams can work together for up to 12 months.  

Do you have significant operations and/or startup experience, a good listener, and have time to participate with a desire to give back? 

WANT TO MAKE A MEANINGFUL GIFT, NO STRINGS ATTACHED?

CED puts every dollar to use by investing in its mission to connect entrepreneurial companies to high-value resources that accelerate growth.

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