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These investments fuel the entrepreneurial spirit of North Carolina and enable CED to deliver great impact in the regional ecosystem.



Venture Connect gathers innovative companies from the Technology and Life Science communities, as well as top investors from across the U.S. This powerhouse event is clear evidence of the strength of our ecosystem and its ability to incubate high growth companies in the Southeast.

Our story with Venture Connect began over 39 years ago and CED continues to create connections that make a difference. We hope you will join in supporting entrepreneurs and seasoned experts as they come alongside investors and stakeholders in March for unrivaled content and connections at Venture Connect 2023.

As a sponsor you have many options, so we invite you to focus on your motivations to find your best fit.

Venture Connect Celebration Call for Vendors

We are in search of beer, wine, spirit, and food vendors for our Venture Connect Celebration happening the evening of March 30th. Apply to be a vendor at our 2023 Celebration here!

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Title Sponsor

As Title Sponsor you will receive premier branding and exposure across all Venture Connect Assets. The Title Sponsor will receive access to all Summit events and help to deliver a first-class experience for those attending Venture Connect.

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Presenting Sponsor

The presenting sponsor will receive premium branding and exposure across one of three verticals showcased at Venture Connect 2023 (Tech, Life Science, Food/Agtech).

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Investor Dinner Sponsor

Sponsoring the Venture Connect Investor Dinner affords you the opportunity to engage with investor network and build long term relationships with those actively investing in our state.

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Celebration Sponsor

Be front and center to celebrate Venture Connect at the Summit after-party featuring music, local food, and drinks!

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CxO Session Sponsor

A new summit component that will focus on supporting operators in scaling startups. CED will be engaging c-suite leaders in an extended session for operators that is focused on experience sharing and real-time support to surface solutions for leaders at scaling companies.

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Pitch Sponsor

Your company brand will be highlighted throughout a Tech, Life Sciences, or Food/Agtech pitch segment.

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Connect Sponsor

As a Connect Sponsor, you will have prominent branding at the conference venue for the networking segments.

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CEO Leadership Breakfast

You can be the exclusive sponsor for the Tech or Life Sciences breakfast featuring C-level executives with presenting companies.

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Partner Board Lunch

As new component this year, CED will be hosting a closed luncheon for its network of partners including startups, corporate, investors, and ecosystem partners on Thursday 3/30.

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Startup Team Sponsor

Provide 4 tickets to a startup company to attend VC23. NOTE: This sponsorship does not include base package benefits.

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Research Triangle Park
  • “Venture Connect does a tremendous job at intertwining the robust entrepreneurship community we have in North Carolina with many of the country’s leading investors. We look forward to this event and the many connections that stem as a result of VC23!”

    Vinnie Durand Associate Director of T3 Advisors | Savills

  • “CED’s Venture Connect Summit is a first-rate event. The pitches and growth stories highlight the exceptional entrepreneurs in our ecosystem, and through their vast network, CED provides invaluable resources for companies to succeed and for our community to thrive.”

    Zack Robbins VP of Technology Banking at Pacific Western Bank

  • “Deloitte has been a proud member of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development for numerous years and supports CED’s mission of connecting regional entrepreneurs with the resources they need to build and launch a successful business. At Deloitte, we have seen the importance that innovation and start-up companies have in our local market, and CED and the Venture Connect Summit creates a strong community that is vital to our growing region. These local entrepreneurs and companies are the nucleus of innovation and are helping drive economic growth within the Triangle.”
    Tim Fleischman, Managing Director at Deloitte

    Tim Fleischman Managing Director at Deloitte