The Innovation Economy Needs Students

CED is invested in the North Carolina ecosystem, which also happens to be home to 130 degree-granting colleges and universities. Our goal is to invest in these students to further champion success across our region. We offer several volunteer opportunities throughout the year. These are unique opportunities to gain hands-on experience and learn more about the entrepreneurial ecosystem in North Carolina.

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    For anyone looking to get plugged into the entrepreneurial and venture ecosystem in the Triangle area, look no further than CED. Volunteering is a great way to get connected – and more importantly, stay connected – to the top investors and entrepreneurs in the venture community. Not to mention, the events are world-class, so volunteering my time in exchange for a front-row seat was a no-brainer.”

    Kyle Ritter // Duke University

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    As a first-time founder making a pivot out of the classroom into edtech, I really enjoyed my opportunity to volunteer with CED at their conference in Durham. The onboarding process was smooth, and I was able to plug in and serve the attendees. When I was off the clock, I was able to attend some workshops and schedule one on ones with attendees in my space. I would highly recommend the experience to new entrepreneurs looking to connect with the community in North Carolina.”

    Adam Canosa // University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

We offer early exposure to the innovation ecosystem and high-growth technology and biotech companies. Whether students are motivated to find a job or build a company themselves, we provide early access to the startup teams building big companies in the region.

Student Engagement Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are ready to connect, Submit your Volunteer Interest Form or keep reading to learn more.

Signature Programs – CED hosts several large community programs that are powered by a dedicated group of volunteers.

Venture Connect is CED’s largest program that hosts over 1200 people, over two days. The community comes together to support 180 companies that pitch live onstage to share stories about the company they are building. This program requires the support of 60 volunteers to power the logistics.

GRO Demo Day is held 2-3 times a year to celebrate the accomplishments of our latest GRO Incubator cohort. This program requires the support of 3 volunteers to power the logistics.

Investor Fly-in is an annual invite-only event that offers invite-only company pitches and syndication with regional investors. This program requires the support of 2 volunteers to power the logistics.

Annual Board Luncheon is an annual invite-only gathering where we share an update on how our partners’ investment in CED is impacting emerging companies in the region. This program requires the support of 2 volunteers to power the logistics.

We host a variety of Meet-ups throughout the year that also require the support of 2 volunteers to power the logistics.