CED Tech Conference

JUST IN: Leaders in AI & Gaming join the Speaker Line-up.

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The deadline to submit company applications has passed. Selected companies will be announced in July.

As the premier event for technology entrepreneurs in the Southeast, the CED Tech Conference attracts 800+ attendees including trailblazing entrepreneurs, investors, corporate leaders, and industry visionaries from across the nation to the Raleigh Convention Center in North Carolina, recently ranked the #1 Best State for Business (Forbes). Now in its 34th year, the two-day event will be held September 12-13, 2018 with a mission to showcase entrepreneurial companies and connect them with partners, investors, and other organizations to accelerate business growth. Hosted by the Council for Entrepreneurial Development, the annual CED Tech Conference features:

  • Live on-stage company presentations from 25+ entrepreneurs from early to growth stage - TBA in July
  • Demo Room showcasing the Southeast's hottest tech companies - TBA in July
  • 75+ investment funds attending from across the U.S. - venture capital to corporate to angels
  • Game-changing thought leadership from speakers and expert panels - Meet the Speakers & Co-chairs
  • Multiple high-level networking opportunities including an evening reception
  • NEW One-on-one meeting scheduling platform to communicate with other attendees
  • For Entrepreneurs Only: exclusive Tuesday morning session including Investor Reverse Pitches - Hear direct from investors about each fund's investment criteria (back by popular demand!)

Experience two days of the most valuable programming and connections in the Southeast. Whether you are head down running your company or actively seeking funding, the CED Tech Conference is the can't-miss gathering of NC's vibrant entrepreneurial community. 

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Registration

Registration for the conference includes:

  • Two-day pass to all main agenda content (speakers and company presentations)
  • Access to in-person networking in the Demo Room 
  • One-on-one meeting scheduling through the mobile app (to be opened in late August)
  • Drinks and appetizers at the Networking Reception (Tuesday), continental breakfast and Closing Lunch (Wednesday)
  • For Entrepreneurs Only: exclusive Tuesday morning session and lunch including Investor Reverse Pitches

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Attendee Type Early Registration 5/15-8/14 Regular Registration 8/15-9/10 On-site Registration 9/12-9/13
Entrepreneur - CED Member $275 $325 $375
Entrepreneur - Non-member* $475 $550 $625
CED Member $500 $575 $675
Non-member* $600 $675 $775

*Join and Save! CED Members get the lowest rates. Are you an entrepreneur or work for a startup? You may be able to join CED and attend the conference for less than $475. Plus, your co-workers get access to the lowest rate. Click for Entrepreneur Membership Info

Refunds can be requested prior to August 31st. Due to pre-registration costs and guarantees, refunds cannot be made after that date. If you are unable to attend, your registration can be transferred to a colleague. On the day of the event the substitute attendee must present a copy of the registration receipt or email verification to be admitted to the event.

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Wed, Sep 12
2018 - 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Stay Tuned for Details! View last year's agenda: http://bit.ly/CEDTechAgenda2017
Thu, Sep 13
2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Stay Tuned for Details! View last year's agenda: http://bit.ly/CEDTechAgenda2017

Speakers

Hear from Technology Visionaries and Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders

In addition to company presentations and high-level networking opportunities, the agenda features top industry thought leaders as speakers and panelists. Recent speakers have included the biggest names in venture capital: John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins (2017) and Jim Goetz of Sequoia Capital (2015). Other past speakers have included executives from Andreessen Horowitz, Citrix, Cree, Google, Revolution LLC, and many more leading tech companies and investment firms. For a taste of past speakers, view the CED Tech 2017 Agenda.

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Co-chairs

Russ Cobb
Sr. Vice President of Growth and Business Operations
SAS
Joe Colopy
Investor
Colopy Ventures
Jeff Muir, Fulcrum Equity Partners
Founder and Partner
Fulcrum Equity Partners

Conference Co-chairs

Speakers

Robbie Allen
CEO
Infinia ML
Michael Capps
CEO
Diveplane Corporation
Oliver Schabenberger
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Technology Officer
SAS

Speakers

Sponsors

High Profile Sponsorship Opportunities at an Industry-Leading Event

With such a large number of influential executives and decision makers in attendance, the CED Tech Conference offers an unparalleled sponsorship opportunity. Corporate backers have the option to sponsor a variety of events, equipment and resources — from CEO breakfasts to audiovisual appliances. Your sponsorship provides an opportunity for you to access and educate key constituencies and demonstrates your commitment to advancing technology entrepreneurs in our region. 

Sponsorship packages are available in a wide range of options. If your company is interested in sponsoring, please contact Robin Costello by email rcostello@cednc.org or phone 919.226.0464.

Companies

The deadline to submit company applications has passed. Selected companies will be announced in July.

Companies will be selected for one of the following featured opportunities:

  1. Networking Hall - Reserved exhibit table for one-on-one networking with potential investors, partners and clients 
  2. Main Stage - Live on-stage presentation as part of the main conference agenda plus a spot in the Networking Hall

Benefits include:

  • Company Exposure. Take advantage of the most efficient, cost-effective way to get in front of 75+ investment funds at once. Selected companies will receive a profile on CED's website, in the mobile app, and be featured in communication to media and investors.
  • Networking: Show and Tell. Exhibit your technology in person at a Demo Room booth for potential partners & clients to experience.
  • Expert Coaching. For entrepreneurs chosen for Main Stage, CED provides the opportunity for a pitch scrub with community mentors.
  • News Coverage. Maximize your exposure to local and national press in attendance.
  • One-on-one Meeting Scheduling. Before the conference, registered attendees get access to conference software to request and manage private one-on-one meetings with investors and strategic partners.
  • Entrepreneur Workshop and Lunch. Get access to an exclusive Tuesday pre-conference session featuring Investor Reverse Pitches (back by popular demand). Meet and learn from successful serial entrepreneurs. Share with your peers.
  • Lowest Registration Rate! Selected entrepreneurs and co-workers can attend the conference for $275/person.​ There will be no additional fees for the Demo Room exhibit (table, electricity, etc).

Selected companies are developing a product or technology in one of the following areas:
AdTech, Advanced Manufacturing/Materials, AgTech, Artificial Intelligence, Automation/Machine Learning, BI/Analytics, Blockchain/Cryptocurrency, Consumer Product, Clean Tech, Cloud/Storage, Digital Health, Ecommerce, EdTech, Energy, FinTech, Gaming, Hardware, HR Tech, Infrastructure, Internet of Things (IoT), Marketing Tech, Mobile, Shared Economy, Security, Social, Virtual Reality, Wearables, or other Tech-enabled Service. 

Questions? Please contact Miriam mwilson@cednc.org

Want to see who was featured last year? View the CED Tech Venture 2017 Companies by Sub-Sector and watch videos of 2017 Company Main Stage Presentations including Myxx below.

When and where will the CED Tech Conference 2018 take place?

The  CED Tech Conference 2018 will be held September 12-13 at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Raleigh Convention Center
500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Who attends?

The CED Tech Conference attracts a diverse group of 800+ attendees from around the nation including:

  • Entrepreneurs leading high-growth companies in Artificial Intelligence, Automation/Machine Learning, BI/Analytics, Blockchain/Cryptocurrency, Clean Tech, Cloud/Storage, Digital Health, Ecommerce, EdTech, FinTech, Gaming, Hardware, HR Tech, Internet of Things (IoT), Marketing Tech, Mobile, Shared Economy, Security, Virtual Reality, Wearables, or other tech-enabled services
  • Investors including venture capital, growth, strategic, corporate, angel, and individual investors
  • Nationally-recognized industry leaders
  • Corporate visionaries
  • Strategic partners and professional firms
  • Ecosystem partners and support organizations
  • Tech enthusiasts
  • Press/Media
What is the cost to attend?

Save up to $75 off by registering before August 14. Plus, CED Members get the lowest rates! Are you an entrepreneur or work for a startup? You may be able to join CED and attend the conference for less than $475. And your co-workers get access to the lowest rate.

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Are any sponsorship opportunities available for the CED Tech Conference?

Yes, sponsorship packages are available in a wide range of options. A sponsorship can provide your company with high-profile visibility to a large number of influential executives and decision-makers in attendance. To inquire about pricing, please contact Robin Costello via email at rcostello@cednc.org or by phone at 919.226.0464.

Where can I stay?

The Marriott City Center Raleigh and Sheraton Raleigh Hotel are both convenient to the Raleigh Convention Center. Please see discounted room block information below:

Marriott City Center - Block Rate: $189/night + taxes - Deadline Aug 18
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500 Fayetteville Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
Phone: 919-833-1120

Sheraton Raleigh Hotel - Block Rate: $179/night + taxes - Deadline Aug 26
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Applies Sept 11-13. Limited Availability.
421 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
Phone 919-834-9900

What is the nearest airport?

Raleigh/Durham International Airport (RDU) is the nearest airport to the Raleigh Convention Center.

Am I allowed to record any of the conference sessions or events?

No, any unauthorized recording of the CED Tech Conference sessions or events is strictly prohibited.

Will anyone be taking pictures during the conference?

Yes, pictures will be taken during the conference. By registering for the conference, you acknowledge that there is a possibility your picture may be taken.