Wednesday, January 23, 2013

CED to Provide First Look at Interactive Network Map Showcasing the Research Triangle’s Entrepreneurs

Project is the first step in visually showcasing the region’s technology and life science companies

Today, CED will present the most comprehensive online map of technology and life science entrepreneurial companies in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina. The map, which includes more than 1,000 privately-held startup and growth-stage companies, is under development and will be shared in its first version at the CED Annual Meeting at the Research Triangle Foundation headquarters.

The map features company profiles, which can be filtered and searched by industry sector and sub-sector, as well as through keyword search. The result is a showcase of the area’s innovative companies and an open visualization into the entrepreneurial network density of the region.  Following today’s presentation, CED will make further refinements and release the map publicly in March.

The Interactive Network Map, view of Research Triangle Region

“The map serves as a digital front door for the Research Triangle,” said Joan Siefert Rose, president of CED. “This will be a way for entrepreneurs to find each other, and provide investors, journalists, and industry professionals from both inside and outside the region a visual guide to our extensive network.”

“The map represents an unprecedented level of cooperation among groups that support entrepreneurs,” said Hal Thomas, who leads the project as CED’s senior manager for programs and outreach. CED compiled data from its membership records and information provided by dozens of partner organizations in Wake, Durham, and Orange Counties. “The success of this project is a reflection of the collaboration that makes this area special, and we are grateful to all who are contributing,” Thomas said.

Relevance, Inc., a Durham-based software development company, provided technical and design support, including the dynamic user experience.

Interested parties may view screen shots of the map at

Want to learn how to get involved as a community partner? Contact Hal Thomas at #919.226.0470 or drop an email to

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