The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) is hosting a half-day workshop Jan. 31 at MCNC to help potential entrepreneurs learn more about starting a business.

The Innovator’s Quarterly Workshop is designed to help prospective entrepreneurs understand entrepreneurship, investors and the start-up process. Most participants are corporate and academic researchers, but the program is open to anyone who is working with an innovative technology or idea and is interested in starting a new venture.

Each workshop participant will learn how to compare their technology and idea against the investment criteria of angels and venture capitalists. Well-established entrepreneurs, along with investors and service partners, will deliver the content of the program, combining panel discussions with interactive workshops and take-away tools.

Workshop leaders and speakers at the Jan. 31 workshop include Peyton Anderson, chief executive officer of Affinergy; John Cambier, vice president of MCNC Ventures; Mike Doernberg, CEO of SmartPath; John Ujvari with SBTDC; Jesko von Windheim, founder of Cronos Microsystems; and Ken Eheman from Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton.

The panels and workshop groups include Understanding Entrepreneurship, Understanding Funding Sources and the Business, and Understanding the Start-up Process.

The Innovator’s Quarterly Workshop will be held at the MCNC Research & Development Institute in the RTP on Jan. 31 from 7:30 AM to 12 noon.