partners make an annual investment to sustain CED’s impact 

CED operates as a two-sided marketplace and is funded through the investments of its partners. With these investments, we are able to provide support to over 200 companies annually by hosting educational workshops, facilitating a robust mentoring program and providing one-on-one consulting directly to each company.  And guess what? We engage our network of partners to achieve it all! 

As a CED partner, you not only help to sustain CED, but you drive our mission forward — connecting entrepreneurial companies with the resources that will accelerate their growth. We put your expertise to work supporting companies that are growing and scaling in our region. 

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understanding the difference between Premium and Strategic Partnership

Being a partner has its perks. Depending on the level of investment you choose, you will have the opportunity to share quality content through our communication channels, attend specialized events and programs, and gain access to CED’s Venture Connect Summit.

As a Premium Partner you will enjoy:

  • Access to four network meetups
  • Access to four specialized workshops
  • One ticket to Venture Connect
  • Provide partner updates as featured content in CED’s Newsletter, sent bi-monthly
  • Recognized in our online directory, with the option to provide a short description
  • Submit guest blog posts for consideration

CED’s Premium Partners invest $2,500, annually. 

Strategic Partners receive all premium benefits, plus:

  • Access to four exclusive briefings with featured entrepreneurial partner companies
  • Three additional tickets to Venture Connect (total of 4)
  • Option to participate in CED’s pitch scrubs (skill qualifications apply)
  • Reverse pitch opportunity to the CED Team
  • Concierge service and referral support
  • 1:3 Matching services

CED’s Strategic Partners invest $6,000, annually.

  • #StrategicPartner

    CED is the time-tested resource for start-ups, founders, and entrepreneurs in North Carolina looking to turn their vision into a business. By offering resources, coaching, and tools, and by connecting startups with investors, CED fosters the Triangle’s successful start-up ecosystem. In my years of serving on the board of CED and as a Strategic Partner, I’ve had the privilege to see CED’s impact firsthand.”

    Matthew Cooke // Partner // Davis Moore

  • #StrategicPartner

    CED is an extraordinary asset to the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. Through their network and events, CED provides invaluable resources for companies to succeed and for our community to thrive.”

    Zack Robbins // VP, Technology Banking // Pacific Western Bank

  • #PremiumPartner

    Navigating the challenging startup terrain can be treacherous for new entrepreneurs, but CED provides fantastic support to help guide startup organizations from idea to investment. We’re proud to partner with them to foster an environment of innovation and progress here in the Triangle.”

    Ben Lake // CPP, CEO & Co-Founder // AtlasHR

  • #StrategicPartner

    I have had the good fortune of working with CED in two roles: previously with a VC-backed startup company showcasing at CED Tech Ventures, and now as a Strategic Partner representing RTI International and our global presence. In both cases, CED has enabled us to partner at an intimate level with the business, entrepreneur and investor community in the Triangle and beyond. From its flagship events, to educational workshops, to networking opportunities, CED continues to lead the way in raising up our entrepreneurial ecosystem in North Carolina.”

    Vinay Tannan // Director of Commercialization // RTI International

  • #StrategicPartner

    CED has been a valued resource in our community for 35 years! Very few organizations can boast of the powerful network that CED has developed and helped build and nourish for so many years. Now the CED network has been optimized to better serve the entrepreneurs in our ecosystem with enhanced services and offerings. We are proud to have been there at CED’s founding and look forward to continuing to partner with members of the network well into the future. ”

    Mike Saber // Partner // Smith Anderson

is Partnership right for you?

We want to get to know you a little before you make that decision. Please reach out to learn more about CED, learn more about being a CED Partner, and how we can help you become a valuable resource in the Entrepreneurial Community, today.

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Meet our partners

AllStrategic PartnerPremium Partner

6 Degrees PR

Marketing and Public Relations

7Q7P

Business Consulting

AtlasHR

Human Resource Management & Recruiting Firms

Bagchi Law

Law Firms

Balentine

Financial Planning & Wealth Management

Bandwidth

Technology

Bank of America Private Bank

Bank

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Law Firms

BDO

Accounting Firms

Bernard Robinson & Company

Accounting Firms

Bridge Bank

Bank

Cherry Bekaert LLP

Accounting Firms

Chiesi USA, INC.

Life Science

Cii Technology

Tech

Clark Nexsen

Architecture & Engineering

Clarkston Consulting

Technology

CliftonLarsonAllen

Accounting

Collaborative Drug Discovery Inc

Technology

Cooley LLP

Law Firms

CSC Leasing

Leasing

Cushman & Wakefield

Commercial Real Estate Firms

Davis Moore Capital

Commercial Real Estate Firms

Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC

Accounting Firms

Deloitte LLP

Accounting Firms

Dualboot Partners

Technology

Duke Energy Carolinas

Economic Development

EOS Worldwide

Consulting

Extensis HR

Human Resource Management & Recruiting Firms

EY

Accounting Firms

Financial Directions Group

Financial Advisory Employers & Individuals

Fox Rothschild LLP

Law Firms

Fulcrum Equity Partners

Investors

Gig East Exchange

Co-Working

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Life Science

Go-od Consulting

Business Consulting

Hamilton Point Investment Advisors LLC

Financial Planning & Wealth Management

Hatteras Venture Partners

Investors

Hub International

Insurance

Hughes Pittman & Gupton LLP

Accounting Firms

Hutchison PLLC

Law Firms

Jenkins Wilson Taylor & Hunt, P.A.

Law Firms

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Bank

JWM Group

Insurance & Employee Benefits

LabCorp

Life Science

Lenovo

Technology

Live Oak Bank

Bank

Longfellow Real Estate Partners

Real Estate

Manning Fulton & Skinner, P.A.

Law Firms

Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP

Law Firms

McGriff Insurance Services

Insurance & Employee Benefits

Merz North America

Life Science

Michael, Best & Friedrich

Law Firms

Museum of Life and Science

Museum

NC State Office of Research and Innovation

University Partnerships

North State Consulting

Consulting

Pacific Western Bank

Bank

Pappas Capital

Investors

Parexel International

Life Science

Performentor

Human Resource Management & Recruiting Firms

Pfizer CentreOne Contract Manufacturing

Life Science

PNC Bank

Bank

Polsinelli

Law Firm

Poyner Spruill

Law Firms

PwC

Accounting Firms

Raleigh Founded

Co-Working

RBC Wealth Management

Financial Planning & Wealth Management

Rex Health Ventures

Investors

Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.

Law Firms

RSM US LLP

Accounting Firms

RTI International

Life Science

Smith Anderson

Law Firms

Spoonflower

Technology

T3 Advisors, LLC

Real Estate

UNC Office of Technology Commercialization

University Partnerships

Vaco, LLC

Human Resource Management & Recruiting Firms

VentureXpert Advisors

Business Consulting

Vocable Communications

Business Consulting

Wade Associates

Insurance & Employee Benefits

WakeMed Hospitals

Healthcare

Wells Fargo

Bank

Williams Mullen

Law Firms

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati P.C.

Law Firms

Worldwide Clinical Trials

Life Science

Wyrick Robbins

Law Firms
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