Find the right company to invest in for the greatest ROI

One of CED’s strongest and most popular offerings is our Connect to Capital Program. We work with entrepreneurs searching for help with scaling up, and create connections and introductions to the right investors.

Our Partner Companies

We collaborate with companies seeking capital in the sectors of Life Science, Technology, Advanced Marketing and Materials, Consumer Products, Cleantech and AgTech. Our strongest support and value to the entrepreneur is during the first round of raising institutional capital, but we can also support companies in the pre-seed or seed phases, as well as subsequent follow on rounds.

Our Investor Partners

Because there are so many different companies needing different kinds of financial backing, we work with multiple categories of venture financing. Besides those focused on raising from traditional venture capital funds, we also build relationships with angels, angel groups, growth and private equity funds, corporate and strategics, and debt funds.

Why you should connect with us

Collaborating with the Council for Entrepreneurial Development gives you full access to North Carolina companies and real-time deal flow. That translates into front-end introductions to vetted entrepreneurs that match your investment criteria.

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What you should know

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching and supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem of North Carolina. We are not investment bankers. We do not receive a success fee for capital introductions if they result in an investment agreement. And we do not work exclusively for entrepreneurs—we are guiding them along the process so that they can present their company and its goals in the most polished and effective possible way.

This is how we help you

Our driving goal is connecting you with the entrepreneurs that are a great fit for you. Every company at the stage of scaling up is carefully prepared to present every potential investor with a pitch that impresses, and allows you to quickly determine if it’s a yes or no.  

Want a direct connection to deal flow in North Carolina? Let’s start a conversation.

Find NC Companies

NC companies are traveling to some great regional events to grow their company, reach investors and connect with resources. For a list of upcoming events where you can find NC companies click here.

who’s getting Funded in NC

CED produces an annual report on funding activity for North Carolina and how we compare to other entrepreneurial hubs across the nation. See who is getting funded this year by clicking the link below.

We are working to build out our complete investor network list. Check back soon!

Investor Network


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Bull City Venture Partners


Cofounders Capital


IDEA Fund Partners


SJF Ventures