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Welcome to the Innovators Report: Trends in Entrepreneurship!

As part of our mission to enable and promote high-growth, high-impact companies, CED released its semi-annual publication tracking the state of entrepreneurship in North Carolina. The Innovators Report covers statewide activity in 2013.

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(Released June 4, 2014)

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We have identified three major indicators on which to focus:

1. Investments: Angel, venture capital, grants and crowdfunding platforms

2.  Partnerships and Major Milestones

3. Exits: IPOs, Mergers, Acquisitions

Among the report’s findings:

  • Entrepreneurial companies in North Carolina collectively raised more than $461 million in 2013 through equity investments, grants and awards
  • Investments in life science companies outpaced technology companies, both in total numbers of deals and in dollar amount.
  • North Carolina accounted for the largest number of uniquefunders (26), followed by the Northeast (24), and mid-Atlantic (14). Funders from California, Midwest, and the Southeast (outside of North Carolina) each represented 10 unique funds.
  • Ten international funds made investments in North Carolina companies.
  • Crowdfunding contributed $225,789 to technology companies

If you have feedback or insights to share, contact Dhruv Patel at

Data Sources:  These data were compiled from SEC Filings, media coverage, our partners (see list below), and the entrepreneurs themselves.

National Venture Capital Association (NVCA)
North Carolina Biotechnology Center
Ernst & Young

The Innovators Report is made possible by generous gifts to the CED Annual Fund. Thank you to our many supporters! For more information on how to contribute, please visit

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