CED – CED (The Council for Entrepreneurial Development) was founded in 1984 to identify, enable and promote high-growth, high-impact companies and accelerate the entrepreneurial culture of the Research Triangle and North Carolina. CED provides education, mentoring and capital formation resources to new and existing high-growth entrepreneurs through annual conferences, seminars, workshops and programs on entrepreneurial management and finance. CED has helped entrepreneurs in a myriad of industries and at all stages of development – from high-tech, life sciences, and service companies, from one-person start-ups to 1000-person businesses. With more than 5,500 active members representing over 1,100 companies, CED is the largest entrepreneurial support organization of its kind in the United States.
Website: www.cednc.org | Presenter: Joan Siefert Rose, President | Contact: Jane Royall | firstname.lastname@example.org
Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)- The Association for Corporate Growth®(ACG®) is the global community for middle market business leaders and M&A dealmakers who are focused on driving growth. ACG members have access to data, content and networking to access capital, make deals and drive corporate growth. Founded in 1954, ACG has grown to more than 13,000 members organized in 55 chapters throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
Website: www.acgrtp.org | Presenters: Loren Kennedy and Doug Baker | Contact: Debra Michie | email@example.com
Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP)- The Association of Strategic Alliance
Professionals (ASAP) is the leading global professional association dedicated to the formation and practice of strategic alliances. We provide a forum to exchange alliance best practices and resources.
Website: www.strategic-alliances.org/chapter/rtp-carolina | Presenter: Donna Peek | Donna.Peek@sas.com
Bull City Forward - Bull City Forward is a community and economic development initiative to advance social innovation and entrepreneurship in Durham and the region. From the social innovation campus in downtown Durham, Bull City Forward enables social enterprises to launch, grow, and thrive through capacity-building programs, subsidized co-working space, discounted business services, connections to local talent, and robust measurement tools that supply
clear metrics for success.
Website: bullcityforward.org | Presenter: Alison Dorsey | firstname.lastname@example.org
Cleanlinks- CleanLinks is a networking platform for creating high-value interactions between business professionals in the fields of cleantech, renewable energy, energy efficiency and related environmental sectors. Participants include entrepreneurs, investors, corporations, law firms, investment banks and other community business leaders interested in promoting cleantech business growth. SJF established CleanLinks, in partnership with CED, to provide regional opportunities for professional networking, collaboration, education and business development to support and grow entrepreneurship in clean industries.
Website: www.cleanlinks.org | Contact: Cody Nystrom | email@example.com
North Carolina Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology (COIN)- COIN is a nonprofit
organization that promotes innovation and commercialization in the fields of nanobiotechnology and nanomedicine to enable future economic growth and improve human life.
Drug Discovery Center of Innovation (DDCOI)- The Drug Discovery Center of Innovation (DDCOI) is a non-profit, comprehensive drug discovery and development organization. Our mission is twofold: 1) to develop and use our supercomputer-based, deep search engine to identify cutting-edge drug discovery opportunities for pharmaceutical industry collaboration, and 2) to provide public/private sector partnerships with industry-standard project management to support translation of discoveries into effective new medicines.
Website: www.ddcoi.org | Presenter: John Didsbury | firstname.lastname@example.org
Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce - The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce is Durham County’s leading business organization, serving more than 1,000 business, government agency and non-profit member firms. The Chamber serves as the economic development entity for Durham County, assisting a range of businesses from startup phase to major corporations. Recently, the Chamber launched the Bull City Startup Stampede which gave 15 startups free, fully furnished office space in the heart of downtown Durham for 60 days. The effort is helping to position Durham as the hub for entrepreneurship in the Southeast and will launch again this fall (more info at www.startupstampede.com). In addition, the Chamber’s economic development efforts have assisted numerous companies with relocation of operations or expansion of current operations in Durham, resulting in more than $3.3 billion of investment in the community and thousands of jobs.
Website: www.startupstampede.com | Presenter: Adam Klein | email@example.com
ibiliti- Exclusively dedicated to North Carolina’s advanced medical technology community, ibiliti provides a robust network of resources that links med tech entrepreneurs to the talent, funding and expertise they need to accelerate the development and commercialization process.
Website: www.ibiliti-nc.com | Presenter: Cindy Clark | firstname.lastname@example.org
Joystick Labs- Joystick Labs is a first of its kind seed-stage accelerator program focused exclusively on identifying and launching the next generation of digitally distributed video game companies.
Website: www.joysticklabs.com | Presenter: Juan Benito | email@example.com
LaunchBox- LaunchBox Digital, an early stage investment firm, is focused on helping entrepreneurs get through those challenging early days by bringing capital, advice, and practical guidance to help early stage businesses succeed.
Website: www.launchboxdigital.com | Presenter: Lee Buck | firstname.lastname@example.org
Licensing Executives Society (LES)- Established in 1965, the Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc. (LES) is a professional society comprised of nearly 5,000 members members engaged in the transfer, use, development, manufacture and marketing of intellectual property.
Website: www.lesusacanada.org | Presenter: Debby Spencer | email@example.com
Mobile Apps RTP Meetup- The mobile app market is exploding in numbers and sales but not isolated to just the iPhone. Mobile Apps RTP is meetup group is for technologists (app developers) and business leaders (currently marketing an app and those seeking to bring their ideas for new apps to market). Meetups will include presentations and discussions around developing successful mobile applications including: industry trends, app development, current and future market opportunities, and technology and business hurdles.
Website: www.meetup.com/Mobile-Apps-RTP | Presenter: Laney Dale | firstname.lastname@example.org
National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)- Research Triangle Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)-Founded in March 1998 with the vision of serving the local community as a source of educational programs and guidance for improving the performance and governance knowledge of local boards of directors.
Website: rtc-nacd.org | Presenter: Suzanne Stroud | Suzanne_stroud@ml.com
National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)- The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) propels a diverse group of women entrepreneurs into economic, social, and political spheres of power by promoting economic development, creating innovative and effective change, building strategic alliances, and influencing public policy.
Website: www.nawbo.org | Presenter: Leslie S. McMillan | email@example.com
NC Department of Commerce– International Trade - The International Trade Division offers services to help North Carolina companies increase international sales. The division supports industries such as Information Technology, Clean Tech, Biotech, Nanotechnology, Telecom, Furniture, Textiles and more.
Website: www.nccommerce.com/en/BusinessServices/InternationalBusiness | Presenter: Jean Davis | firstname.lastname@example.org
NC IDEA- NC IDEA targets promising technology companies that need help bridging the gap between initial product development and venture capital funding. The organization helps young, innovative companies mainly by providing early financing in the form of grants, accelerating the creation of new North Carolina companies and jobs. NC IDEA further
supports its grant winning companies by leveraging the organization’s solid partnerships and strategic alliances to assist companies through research phases, business challenges and growth goals. Since its inception in 2006, NC IDEA’s grants program has awarded approximately $1.7M to forty-seven companies across the state.
Website: www.ncidea.org | Presenter: David Rizzo and Andrea Cook | email@example.com
NC Spark- NC Spark is a group that consists of local entrepreneurs and Founders/CEOs of North Carolina fastgrowing technology companies. Our members are passionate about improving the local business environment for entrepreneurial, high-growth technology companies. We are getting together once a month for networking, peer support
Website: www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=130860 | Presenter: Chas Scarantino and Tobi Walter | firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
North Carolina Biosciences Organization (NCBIO)- The North Carolina Biosciences Organization (NCBIO) is the State level affiliate of the national Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). Although focused primarily on legislative monitoring and lobbying activities at the state and federal level, NCBIO also offers a variety of other membership benefits, including discounted purchasing opportunities from life science vendors and networking meetings for life science executives.
Website: www.ncbioscience.org | Presenter: Jennifer Fong | firstname.lastname@example.org
North Carolina Biotechnology Center- The state legislatures established the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, headquartered in Research Triangle Park, as the world’s first government-sponsored organization dedicated to developing the biotechnology industry. The 79-member staff seeks to provide long-term economic and societal benefits to North Carolina by supporting biotechnology research, business and education statewide.
Website: www.ncbiotech.org | Presenter: Rob Lindberg | email@example.com
North Carolina Chinese Business Association (NCCBA)- North Carolina Chinese Business
Association (NCCBA), founded in 2005, is an organization of individuals and businesses intrested in promoting business and cooperation between North Carolina and China. We do this through educational seminars, speakers series, networking, bridging cultures, assisting individuals.
Website: www.nc-cba.org | Presenter: Cyndy Yu-Robinson | firstname.lastname@example.org
North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development (NCIMED)- The North Carolina
Institute of Minority Economic Development is a statewide nonprofit organization representing the interest of underdeveloped and underutilized sectors of the state's economic base. The Institute's working philosophy is that information and business development are critical to wealth creation and to building the asset base among low-wealth sectors of the population.
Website: www.ncimed.com | Presenter: Joyce Siler and Alyssa Mako | email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA)- The North Carolina Technology Association's mission is Making North Carolina Number One in Technology and Technology Number One in North Carolina. The organization does this through three main focus areas: executive engagement, public affairs and knowledge workforce.
Research Triangle Foundation of NC- The Foundation's vision is to help provide better life for all North Carolinians through sustainable knowledge and technology-based development that effectively balances human needs and humanities with economic opportunities. It seeks to do so by promoting university, academic, industry and government collaborations leading to the establishment and maintenance of research, scientific and technology-based facilities within the Triangle and North Carolina, creating quality jobs and opportunities for its citizens.
Website: www.rtp.org | Presenter: Tina Valdecanas | email@example.com
RTP New Tech- The event is designed to provide a time and place for technologists and entrepreneurs to showcase new technology in the Triangle tech community (geeks, investors, entrepreneurs, hackers, business people, etc).
Website: www.meetup.com/RTP-New-Tech | Presenter: Roger Smith | firstname.lastname@example.org
Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC)- The North Carolina SBTDC has
over 25 years of experience providing high-quality counseling, management education, and technical assistance to small businesses. The SBTDC, through our statewide network of 18 university-affiliated offices, is committed to providing knowledge, education and other supportive resources that enable emerging entrepreneurs and existing small and midsized
businesses to innovate and succeed.
Website: www.sbtdc.org/technology | Presenter: Paul Ulanch | email@example.com
TiE Carolinas- The Carolinas chapter of TiE was founded in 1999 by successful entrepreneurs and professionals with roots in the Indus region. Recently TiE has launched a TYE (TiE Young Entrepreneur) which is an entrepreneurial coaching program that is specifically designed for high school students with cash prizes for the winning teams and an opportunity to compete at MIT with other chapter winners. Today, TiE has 53 Chapters globally in 12 countries, spread
across 5 continents. The TiE ecosystem comprises 11,000 members and 2,500 charter members, who are the top entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, lawyers and management professionals in their chosen field.
Website: www.carolinas.tie.org | Presenter: Colin Wahl | firstname.lastname@example.org
Triangle Gaming Initiative (TGI)- Triangle Game Initiative is the trade association for the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina interactive entertainment industry. Our members are market-leading companies and prominent industry figures who have gathered here, at the Research Triangle, to master the arts and sciences of gaming. Our mission is to build a thriving community of companies and professionals dedicated to the advancement of the interactive entertainment industry in the Triangle region.
Website: www.trianglegameinitiative.org | Presenter: Alex Macris | email@example.com
Triangle Interactive Marketing Association (TIMA)- A professional organization of the marketing and design industries in digital media, based in the Triangle area of North Carolina. TIMA focuses on education and networking for its members as well as the promotion of the Interactive Marketing industry.
Website: www.triangleinteractive.org | Presenters: Janet Kennedy and Tucker Peterson | firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
US Commercial Service, US Department of Commerce, International Trade
Administration- Amongst the 165 offices in 82 countries throughout the world, US Commercial Service provides a global network of Trade Specialists that assist U.S. firms to export products and services by identifying qualified international buyers and representatives, advocating on their behalf, and providing comprehensive solutions to whatever international challenges they may encounter.
Website: www.buyusa.gov/northcarolina | Presenter: Shirreef Loza | firstname.lastname@example.org
Wake Tech Small Business Center- The Center provides small business owners with information they need for starting or expanding their small business through confidential, one-on-one counseling with the Small Business Center Director along with various seminars, workshops, and classes at no cost or minimum cost to you.
Website: smallbusinesscenter.waketech.edu Presenter: Ken Dillo | email@example.com
Wake Tech/Wachovia Wells Fargo Center for Entrepreneurship- The purpose of the Center is to make a significant contribution to economic and workforce growth in the Wake county area by serving as a resource for teaching, training, developing, and growing present and potential entrepreneurs the Wake Tech Way.
Website: entrepreneurship.waketech.edu | Presenter: Fred Gebarowski | firstname.lastname@example.org
Women in Bio RTP Chapter (WIB)- Women in Bio is an organization of professionals committed to fostering and encouraging entrepreneurship and career development of women active in the life science industry.
Website: www.womeninbio.org | Presenter: Christine Warrington | email@example.com
Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO)- The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) is a non-profit group for women who own and run multimillion-dollar companies. WPO members meet monthly for peer roundtable sessions that enable them to resolve business problems and capitalize on opportunities. Chapter membership is limited to 20 members; no competitors are allowed. The average WPO business has $13MM in annual revenue and 97 employees.
Website: www.WomenPresidentsOrg.com | Presenter: Laura Schoppe | firstname.lastname@example.org
World Trade Association (WTA)- WTA promotes the growth of international commerce between North Carolina and the world. Recognized as the "voice of international trade for businesses of all types the WTA acts as a nerve-center for individuals, companies, and organizations that seek trade expansion.
Website: NCWTA-Triangle.Org | Presenter: Teresa Spangler | email@example.com