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.

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.

Let’s Connect

  • #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

  • #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

  • #PremiumPartner

    Attending CED’s 35th anniversary in May made joining as a Premium Partner an easy decision- the energy, the enthusiasm, the openness with which everyone shared their knowledge and support….it was impressive. Because the CED staff takes great effort to put people together in an organic way, everyone is willing to be candid about their needs and their goals. That sharing allows me the chance to connect members to other individuals in both the market and the greater community, and it also creates a roadmap through which my team and I can use our own expertise to help their organization directly, should they need it. We look forward to every CED event for that chance to learn, and to help the next person we might meet.”

    Wilson McWilliams, JWM Group

  • #PremiumPartner

    Rankin McKenzie has a long history with CED having worked together over the past 18 years. We are proud to support this organization as it provides so many resources and talent to start-ups and entrepreneurs in this area. As the largest and longest-running network for entrepreneurs in the country, CED and the people who keep it running are the life-blood of the entrepreneurial Triangle community. ”

    Beth Mullaney, Rankin McKenzie

  • #PremiumPartner

    CED is an invaluable asset to the Triangle community. Startups have incredible, no-cost resources at their disposal, and investors and mentors have an efficient, vetted way to connect with companies. I’m confident CED’s long-standing presence has been a significant driver of the Triangle’s success as a startup hub. ”

    Natasha Goldstein, The Accountkeepers

Meet our partners

AllStrategic PartnerPremium Partner

Alston & Bird LLP

Law Firms

ATCOM Business Technology Solutions

Telecommunications

Bagchi Law

Law Firms

Baird Capital

Investors

Balentine Wealth Management

Financial Planning & Wealth Management

Bandwidth

Technology

Bank of America Private Bank

Bank

Barfield Revenue Consulting

Human Resource Management & Recruiting Firms

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Law Firms

Bashyam Shah

Law Firms

BDO

Accounting Firms

Bella Vix

Business Consulting

Bernard Robinson & Company

Accounting Firms

Best Life Global

Business Consulting

BlueDot Technology

Technology

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Law Firms

Bridge Bank

Bank

Cherry Bekaert LLP

Accounting Firms

Chiesi USA, INC.

Life Science

CIBC US

Bank

Cisco Systems Inc.

Technology

Citrix

Technology

Clark Nexsen

Architecture & Engineering

Clarkston Consulting

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

DesignHammer

Marketing & Design

Dualboot Partners

Technology

Duke Energy Carolinas

Economic Development

Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative

University Partnerships

Elliott Davis

Accounting Firms

EY

Accounting Firms

Financial Directions Group

Insurance & Employee Benefits

First Flight Venture Center

Incubator

Fox Rothschild LLP

Law Firms

Fulcrum Equity Partners

Investors

Gig East Exchange

Co-Working

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Life Science

Grant Thornton LLP

Accounting Firms

Grinnell Leadership

Business Consulting

Gruber Ventures

Hamilton Point Investment Advisors LLC

Financial Planning & Wealth Management

Harbert Growth Partners, LLC

Investors

hatch IT

Technology

Hatteras Venture Partners

Investors

Hughes Pittman & Gupton LLP

Accounting Firms

Hutchison PLLC

Law Firms

Hylaine

Technology

IBM

Technology

In Vivo Patent Law

Law Firms

IronNet Cybersecurity Inc

Technology

IT Guys

Technology

Jenkins Wilson Taylor & Hunt, P.A.

Law Firms

JLL

Commercial Real Estate Firms

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Bank

JWM Group

Insurance & Employee Benefits

K&L Gates

Law Firms

KPMG LLP

Accounting Firms

LabCorp

Life Science

LexisNexis

Technology

Linker Logic Technologies

Technology

Live Oak Bank

Bank

Manning Fulton & Skinner, P.A.

Law Firms

Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP

Law Firms

McGriff Insurance Services

Insurance & Employee Benefits

Merck Research Laboratories Venture Fund

Investors

MetLife

Insurance & Employee Benefits

Murgitroyd & Company

Law Firms

NAI Carolantic Realty Inc.

Commercial Real Estate Firms

NC State Office of Research and Innovation

University Partnerships

NK Patent Law

Law Firms

Novozymes North America Inc.

Life Science

Pacific Western Bank

Bank

Pappas Capital

Investors

Parexel International

Life Science

Performentor

Human Resource Management & Recruiting Firms

Pfizer CentreOne Contract Manufacturing

Life Science

Plexus Capital

Investors

PNC Bank

Bank

Poyner Spruill

Law Firms

PwC

Accounting Firms

Quantum Growth Advisors

Business Consulting

Rankin McKenzie, LLC

Financial Services Consulting

RBC Bank (Georgia), N.A

Bank

RBC Wealth Management

Financial Planning & Wealth Management

Red Hat

Technology

Rex Health Ventures

Investors

River Cities Capital Funds (RCCF)

Investors

Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.

Law Firms

RSM US LLP

Accounting Firms

RTI International

Life Science

SAS Institute Inc.

Technology

Scale Finance, LLC

Financial Services Consulting

Silicon Valley Bank

Bank

Smith Anderson

Law Firms

Spoonflower

Technology

The Accountkeepers, Inc

Accounting Firms

UNC Office of Technology Commercialization

University Partnerships

Vaco, LLC

Human Resource Management & Recruiting Firms

Vaporware

Technology

Venture X

Co-Working

Veracity Logic, LLC

Technology

Wade Associates

Insurance & Employee Benefits

Wake Forest Innovations

University Partnerships

Ward and Smith, P.A.

Law Firms

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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