CED Announces NC Companies for “Showcase, Lightning Round and Demo Room” at CED Tech Venture Conference

DURHAM, N.C. -- The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) today announced more than 90 “showcase, lightning round and demo” companies that were selected to be featured at the CED Tech Venture Conference (September 13-14, 2016 in Raleigh, NC). This year’s conference theme is #TheNext. From game-changing ideas to world-disrupting technologies, the selected emerging and growth-stage technology companies represent North Carolina’s hottest innovations and brightest entrepreneurial minds.

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“Groundbreaking entrepreneurs are founding and scaling cutting-edge technology companies here in North Carolina, and the annual CED Tech Venture Conference provides a platform to spotlight these companies in front of an audience of investors and tech visionaries from across the U.S.,” said CED President & CEO Joan Siefert Rose. “From pitches on the main stage to one-on-one networking in the Demo Room, this conference provides unparalleled exposure for North Carolina companies and further positions our ecosystem as a top hub for entrepreneurship.”

Fourteen (14) companies were chosen to be showcased on the main stage. Entrepreneurs from each of the showcase companies will share their story and pitch their technology at the conference in front of over 800 attendees including the most influential investors and tech leaders from across the country.

After receiving a record-breaking number of company applications, the selection committee decided to add a “lightning round” opportunity for the second year in a row. In addition to the showcase companies, the committee selected 13 emerging companies to present on the main stage during a “lightning round” in which each pitch will be limited to a few minutes.

In addition to showcase and lightning round companies, nearly 70 of the most exciting early-stage companies have been invited to demonstrate their products and technologies in the Demo Room at the conference.

This year’s selected companies hail from cities all over North Carolina, including: Apex, Asheville, Cary, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Durham, Garner, Greensboro, Hillsborough, Holly Springs, Huntersville, Lewisville, McLeansville, Morrisville, Pittsboro, Raleigh, Research Triangle Park, Swansboro, Wilmington, Winston-Salem, and Wrightsville Beach.

The companies represent a diversity of technology sub-sectors, including: AdTech, advanced manufacturing and materials, artificial intelligence, cleantech, cloud storage, consumer products, cyber security, digital health, e-commerce, EdTech, FinTech, Internet of Things, virtual reality and more.

The selection committee that chose this year’s companies was made up of distinguished local entrepreneurial community members, including active angel investors, local and regional venture capital firms, corporate partners, and CED’s Director of Entrepreneurship Jay Bigelow.

“This year’s selected companies represent our robust entrepreneurial community from early-stage, to emerging growth, to companies with significant traction,” said Bigelow. “By showcasing this spectrum of company stages, the conference attracts over 100 investors with diverse investment criteria, allowing us to match companies with investors at all stages.”

The conference attracts a broad sweep of national venture capital firms, angel investors, corporate and strategic investors, representatives from North Carolina’s top universities, entrepreneurial companies from across the state, and community partners.

Bigelow noted that applicants listed more than 40 separate entrepreneurial support organizations that have assisted them as they build their businesses.

“One of the most attractive reasons to start and grow a business in North Carolina is our connected network and the many organizations and resources here to help entrepreneurs succeed,” Bigelow said. “At CED our top commitment remains our entrepreneurs, and the Tech Venture Conference reflects that dedication.”

To attend the conference, please register at cednc.org/TVC. As always, CED members receive the best rates. For information on becoming a member, please visit cednc.org/join.

Conference website: http://cednc.org/TVC

About CED
CED is the largest and longest-running network for entrepreneurs in the country. CED’s network propels emerging Triangle companies into highly successful businesses. Members include a wide range of startup and growth stage companies, investors, corporate partners, academics, service providers, and individuals interested in benefiting from CED’s powerfully connected network. Read more at http://www.cednc.org.

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