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 39th, 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.

Conference photo People at conference


Venture Connect is a two day event, March 29-30, 2023. To assist in your planning, we have provided a snapshot of this year’s Summit agenda below. CED is working with regional partners to choreograph a week of events for our local and out of region attendees. We will update this list as new events are added.

Mar 29

Summit Kickoff

7am: Registration and Networking

9am-5pm: Pitches, conversations, meetings, networking, and more.

5pm: Opening Reception

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.

Mar 30

Summit – Day Two

8am: Registration and Networking

9am-4pm: Pitches, conversations, meetings, networking, and more.


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 2023 Celebration.


Buy early and save. 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 30.  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.

50% OFF!
(Jan 11 – Feb 13)
(Feb 14 – Mar 19)
(Mar 20 – Mar 28)
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  NM2EB

*Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via our reservation 800 number.


Please note that access to these room blocks and conference group rates will be available until the cut-off dates noted below or until the block has been filled – whichever comes first.

by Marriott

Research Triangle Park
1008 Parkside Main Street
Cary, NC, 27519

Cut-off date:
Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Inn & Suites

Downtown Raleigh
600 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC, 27603

Cut-off date:
Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Garden Inn

Research Triangle Park
4620 South Miami Blvd.
Durham, NC, 27703

Cut-off date:
Tuesday, March 7, 2023


Downtown Durham
202 N Concoran Street
Durham, NC 27701

Cut-off date:
Tuesday, February 28, 2023


Applications to pitch closed on January 13th. Companies selected to pitch will be announced in February.

Check back soon!


Explore sessions and pitch schedule across two-days of nonstop attendee activities.


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

March 29 – 30
GSK Campus | Research Triangle Park
  • “Venture Connect is the premiere event to highlight the incredible innovation coming out of the Research Triangle. It’s the right mix of scientists, technologists, and entrepreneurs coming together with a touch of Southern Hospitality that makes it a meaningful, fun week to mark on the calendar annually.”
    Phil Grayeski

    Phil Grayeski Partner at KdT Ventures

  • “We are excited to bring Venture Connect back up to full speed this year with two days of nonstop pitching and programming for high growth companies in the Southeast. We are fortunate to have strong corporate partnerships in the region. This year, GSK has stepped up by allowing us to leverage over 60,000 sq. ft. of space as our primary venue. ”
    Kelly Rowell

    Kelly Rowell CEO of CED

  • “Venture Connect is a great way to showcase your company in one event to a variety of investors and stakeholders. It’s also a great way to meet entrepreneurs from the region. Spending time with fellow entrepreneurs through CED has been a source of inspiration and encouragement for me.”
    Alan Pendleton ArenaVC

    Alan Pendleton CEO and Co-Founder of ArenaVC

  • “Venture Connect is the most well-organized and easy-going conference of its type in the industry. It’s a great atmosphere for deal making.”
    John Fogarty

    John Fogarty Director of Marketing at Mispro