The Council for Entrepreneurial Development will jumpstart the fall business season with a pair of technology forums later this month.

The Biotechnology Forum is set for next Monday, Sept. 8, and will highlight three firms.

EcoGenomix, Ercole and Metabolon. The event will take place at the NC Biotechnology Center.

The Technology Forum will be Sept. 18 at MCNC from 5 to 8 PM. Featured companies include ISIC, Red Pelican, StrikeIron and WindChannel Communications.

“CED’s upcoming forums bring added value because they underscore the need for entrepreneurs to get together to discuss business opportunities and pinpoint industry trends,” said Monica Doss, CED’s president, in a statement. “While difficult economic conditions in the past may have left some entrepreneurs in a ‘bunker mentality,’ CED’s industry and peer-based forums will offer unique opportunities to enhance this area’s business community by bringing people together.”

According to CED, the events include companies that were selected in a competitive environment for a chance to highlight their ideas and developments.

EcoGenomix is a UNC-Greensboro spin-out focusing on water system quality that can combat bioterrorism.

Ercole, which is based in RTP, is a drug discovery company focusing on alternative splicing patterns of target genes.

Metabolon, another RTP startup, is researching the interaction of small molecules

ISIC, which is based in Cary, is focused on hardware network processors.

Red Pelican, a Durham-based firm, is a developer of web-based marketing software.

StrikeIron, which also is based in Durham, is a developer of web services software.

Raleigh-based WindChannel Communications delivers a variety of high-speed wireless broadband services.

The CED also has updated its online registration process so people can sign up for multiple events at the same time. CED now says it has more than 4,000 members representing more than 1,100 companies.

For registration information and upcoming events, see: