The Council for Entrepreneurial Development will put on its 25th annual venture capital conference on April 16-18, and applications are being accepted for companies wanting to present to potential investors.

The first deadline to submit applications for Venture 2008 is Jan. 11.

Companies from the southeast and Mid-Atlantic states are eligible to apply.

The conference will take place at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club in Durham.

“Since CED is celebrating the 25th year for the annual Venture conference our goal is to showcase the top investment opportunities across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic,” said CED President Monica Doss. “We welcome emerging growth companies across various industries to apply to present at CED’s nationally recognized conference.”

The final deadline for companies to apply is Feb. 8.