the only scorecard for entrepreneurial activity in NC

The Council for Entrepreneurial Development is the largest and longest-running network for entrepreneurs in the country. Its proprietary Innovators Report compiles data on startup and scaleup company activity in North Carolina with an unrivaled depth and scope.

This digital, interactive version of the Innovators Report contains data going back to 2013, covering funding, funders, deals, and exits. The Report allows for filtering across a number of useful categories, including year-over-year comparisons, sectors, locations, funding and investor types and much more.

what’s inside

EMPOWERING ENTREPRENEURS

For 35 years CED has connected entrepreneurial companies with high-value resources to accelerate business growth.

COMPANIES COMPLETING DEALS

From Tech and Life Science to Advanced Manufacturing & Materials, these are the industries to watch.

A RECORD YEAR

North Carolina entrepreneurs raised a record $2.75 B in 2018.

MAJORITY OF ACTIVITY IN TRIANGLE

The state of venture dollars around the Triangle.

BALANCED ECOSYSTEM GROWTH

There was relative balance in ecosystem growth between both life science and technology companies.

INVESTORS

This year brought in 186 Unique Institutional Investors.

Gain more insights on previous years

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Please enjoy exploring the Innovators Report. If you have feedback or insights to share, contact Hunter Young, Director, Capital: hyoung@cednc.org

Data Sources: Innovators Report data were compiled from SEC Filings, media coverage, our partners, and the entrepreneurs themselves. A special thanks to our data partners:

PitchBook
National Venture Capital Association (NVCA)
North Carolina Biotechnology Center
Small Business Technology Development Center (SBTDC)
Groundwork Labs NCIDEA
Ernst & Young
PricewaterhouseCoopers, MoneyTree
SBIR.gov

The Innovators Report is made possible by generous gifts to the CED Annual Fund. Thank you to our many supporters! For more information on how to contribute, please visit www.cednc.org/donate.

As one of the few organizations in the US to compile data on technology-based entrepreneurs and the only organization in the Southeast tracking entrepreneurial activity, CED produces an annual Innovators Report, which is a must-read for investors, entrepreneurs, policy makers, researchers, economic development officials and the general public.

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