Monday, February 7, 2011

Opportunities for Entrepreneurs

The busy season is underway for CED, which can only mean one thing: more opportunities for entrepreneurs to hone, refine, and showcase their skills! CED has lots of new programs and events premiering in the upcoming months, but these three are specifically targeted to help identify, enable, and promote entrepreneurs:

Demo Room at CED’s Venture 2011 Conference
The CED Venture 2011 conference on April 27-28 features leading technologies from North Carolina and across the Southeast. CED is recruiting southeastern-based companies that are creating breakthrough technologies in the following emerging-growth sectors (partial list):

  • Digital media and communications
  • Social media
  • Cloud computing
  • Software solutions
  • Nanotechnology
  • Tech enabled services
  • Gaming
  • Healthcare IT
  • Business Analytics
  • Semiconductor
  • Clean Tech
  • And more…

FastTrac ®
CED's FastTrac® is an entrepreneurial training program that addresses the needs of start-up entrepreneurs practicing and refining their business pitches and seeking to grow high-tech or high-growth companies. Attendees receive one-on-one coaching from CEOs and business executives; hear presentations from successful entrepreneurs; and receive an opportunity to present their business ideas to a panel of angel investors and venture capitalists.

Venture Mentoring Service (VMS)
The CED VMS supports innovation and entrepreneurial activity by matching entrepreneurs with skilled volunteer mentors. The program uses a team mentoring approach with groups of 3 to 4 mentors sitting with entrepreneur(s) in sessions that provide practical, day-to-day professional advice, coaching and action plans.

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