Where Tech + Biotech intersect. Venture Connect is a one-of-a-kind capital summit that brings together Tech and Biotech under one roof to offer the largest selection of high growth companies that are scaling in the Southeast.



Now in its 40th year, Venture Connect serves as the primary connector for Tech and Biotech companies in the Southeast that are seeking capital and other resources to accelerate their growth. The two day experience is designed to endorse, catalyze and amplify quality connections that strengthen your network. Whether you attend the two-day Summit or just the closing Celebration – it will be the best investment you make this year.


Venture Connect is a two day event, March 20-21, 2024. To assist in your planning, we have provided a snapshot of this year’s Summit agenda below.

Mar 19

Venture Connect Female Founders & Funders Event

5-7pm. The event is one where pioneering women in entrepreneurship and investment come together to network, share insights, and empower each other in the dynamic world of startups and venture capital. Elevate your connections and celebrate the diversity and innovation driving the future of business. We believe that diversity is the key to driving innovation, and this Female Founders & Funders Event aims to amplify the impact of women in the entrepreneurial and investment spheres. Thank you to CIBC and Aprio for supporting this mission and sponsoring this event.

Attendance at this Female Founders & Funders Happy Hour is by invitation only for those pitching at or attending Venture Connect 2024. Please reach out to if you would like to be considered for this invite list.

RIoT 10 Year Anniversary Event

5-7pm. Join RIoT in celebrating a decade of innovation, advancement, and evolution in the world of Internet of Things (IoT). RIoT is thrilled to celebrate its 10-year anniversary by revisiting the past and exploring the future landscape of IoT technology. Over the last ten years, IoT has transformed industries, connected devices, and reshaped how we perceive and interact with technology. As we look back on a decade of growth, we also aim to redefine and envision what the next ten years might hold for AI and IoT.

Venture Connect Kickoff Happy Hour

6-9pm. As a kickoff event ahead of Venture Connect 2024, we are excited to host our exclusive Kickoff Happy Hour, sponsored by Bank of America.

Attendance at this Kickoff Happy Hour is by invitation only for those pitching at or attending Venture Connect 2024. Please reach out to if you would like to be considered for this invite list.

Mar 20

Summit – Day One

Doors open at 7:30am. Presentations start at 8:30am.

Investor Dinner

A private, invite-only dinner offers a chance for our regional VCs to connect directly with out of region funds in an intimate setting at an undisclosed location.

Extracurriculars for consideration

If you need some help deciding what to do while you are not at the Summit, here is a list of hot spots across the Triangle that the CED Team thinks you will enjoy.

Mar 21

Summit – Day Two

Doors open at 7:30am. Presentations start at 8:30am.


4-8pm The Summit Celebration is the best tailgate party of the season, immediately following the Summit. CED is committed to celebrating our regional ecosystem and all the people that make it a thriving, attractive place to build a high-growth company. Join us for a taste of what North Carolina has to offer – BBQ, craft brews, and live music. This is a party you won’t want to miss!

Beer, wine, and spirit vendors are invited to apply to be a part of our 2024 Celebration.

Mar 22

March Madness Open House: Where Innovation Takes Center CourtCourt™

9am-5pm. Join First Flight Venture Center for their 3rd Annual March Madness Open House: Where Innovation Takes Center Court™. This dynamic event brings together an ecosystem of high science, high impact entrepreneurs and supporters. The event is scheduled to take place on March 22, 2024.


CED offers two ticket types: Startups and General Admission (aka everyone else.)  You have the option to purchase a summit pass that includes entry on both days and the celebration on March 21.  OR just a ticket to the celebration. The celebration ticket is perfect for locals who want to come out and support the local startup ecosystem.

(Oct 25 – Feb 13)
(Feb 14 – Mar 19)
(Mar 20 – Mar 21)
Summit Pass
Celebration Only
Summit Pass
Celebration Only




Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for Council for Entrepreneurial Development.
Please click here to book your flights.
You may also call Delta Meeting Network at 1.800.328.1111* Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (EST) and refer to Meeting Event Code  NM375
*Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via our reservation 800 number.


We recommend the following hotels located in downtown Raleigh. Please note that no code is required for booking.

AC Hotel by Marriott

Downtown Raleigh
9 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27603

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton

Downtown Raleigh
600 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27603

Sheraton by Marriott

Downtown Raleigh
421 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

The Casso, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel by Marriott

Downtown Raleigh
603 W Morgan St, Raleigh, NC 27603

The Longleaf Hotel

Downtown Raleigh
300 N Dawson St, Raleigh, NC 27603

The StateView Hotel, Autograph Collection by Marriott

Raleigh, NC State University Campus
2451 Alumni Dr, Raleigh, NC 27606


Company applications are now closed. Selected companies will be announced in February.


Full agenda coming soon!


This investment will deliver immediate value in front of an audience that suits you while fueling the entrepreneurial spirit of North Carolina.

March 20 – 21
Raleigh, NC
  • “Overall, really solid. I think CED did a great job facilitating the events. I was really impressed by the quality of each and every company that spoke as well as the support from the state of NC from a variety of programs, including the CED.”

    Sean Saunders Investment Associate at kineo Finance

  • “The event fulfilled what I expected to find…it was well orchestrated, the environment supported the intent of the summit very well, and attendee population covered the startup-venture spectrum”

    Ed Hoffmann Managing Director at Venti, LLC