Just about anyone interested in emerging technology companies across North Carolina should already be registered to attend the Tech Venture Conference from the Council for Entrepreneurial Development.
Not only are nearly 80 startups and established tech firms making presentations, but many deal-makers from across the country are going to be in Raleigh over the next three days.
The action gets underway Monday night with the NC IDEA Grant Showcase from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The event is open to investors only, however. The NC IDEA grant program is one of the most important funding mechanisms for new businesses in the state, especially since the grants up to $50,000 are non-dilutive.
Highlights for Tuesday include a job fair (if you are looking for work, show up!) and an entrepreneur workshop.
That workshop has a lot of appeal. Here’s the pitch from CED:
“Join this entrepreneur-only, TED-esque morning workshop emceed by Mike Capps, president of Epic Games, on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 10:45 – 12:45. Lunch is provided for all pre-registered attendees.

“Hear seven-minute power talks from experts on topics vital for entrepreneurial success. Topics include how to successfully bootstrap your business, how to pursue crowd funding as a viable option for growth, and how to structure your business in order to attract corporate partners.”

Here’s the agenda for the rest of the action on Tuesday and Wednesday:

9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Conference Registration Open

10:30 am – 12:45 pm, Entrepreneur Workshop and Lunch (Open to Entrepreneurs; Pre-Registration Required)

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm, Opening Remarks and Featured Speakers: 

  • Joan Siefert Rose, President, CED
  • Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO, Red Hat
  • Mark Templeton, President and CEO, Citrix
1:45 pm – 5:15 pm, Demo Room Open
1:45 pm – 2:15 pm, Networking Break
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm, Demo Lightning Round
3:15 pm – 3:45 pm, Networking Break
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm, Demo Lightning Round
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm. Networking Break
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm, Financing Panel
  • Katrin Burt, Partner, Intersouth Partners (Introductory Remarks)
  • Philip Rueppel, Managing Director, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC (Moderator)
  • Eric Apse, Partner, IBM Ventures
  • Larry Bettino, Partner, StarVest Partners
  • Dan Ciporin, Venture Partner, Canaan Partners
  • Peter Levine, General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
6:15 pm – 8:00 pm, Networking Reception, Spy Raleigh – 330 W. Davie St., Raleigh
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Investor Dinner (Invitation Only)
8:00 pm – until, After Party, Spy Raleigh – 330 W. Davie St., Raleigh
8:00 am – 9:00 am, Tech CEO Breakfast (By Invitation Only)
  • Michael Simon, CEO, LogMeIn
8:00 am – 9:00 am. Continental Breakfast
9:00 am – 2:30 pm. Demo Room Open
9:00 am – 10:00 am, Opening Remarks and Tech Leaders Panel
  • Mike Capps, President, Epic Games (Introductory Remarks)
  • Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO, Red Hat (Moderator)
  • Matt Lauzon, Founder and CEO, Gemvara
  • Marten Mickos, CEO, Eucalyptus Systems
  • Michael Olson, CEO, Cloudera
  • Michael Simon, CEO, LogMeIn
10:00 am – 10:15 am, Networking Break
10:15 am – 11:15 am, Demo Lightning Round
11:15 am – 11:30 am, Networking Break
11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Demo Lightning Round
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm, Closing Lunch and Featured Speakers
  • Eric Schurenberg, Editor, Inc. Magazine
  • Steve Case, CEO, Revolution LLC; Chairman, Startup America Partnership