The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), the largest and longest-running network for entrepreneurs in the country, has already raised $1 million toward a three-year, $2 million entrepreneur-led campaign to support the success of high-growth companies, attract investment and promote the Triangle and North Carolina nationwide.

In addition to the fund raising, the campaign has also already snagged additional relationships with out of the area investors who helped pump $45 million into Triangle growth companies this year and public relations successes, with local companies featured in the Wall Street Journal and CNN Money.

“We’ve been blown away by the support for this campaign,” said CED President and CEO Joan Siefert Rose in a statement. “The entrepreneurs in this region have enthusiastically embraced our new focus on helping companies not just to start up, but scale up. We believe our concentration on high-growth, high-impact ‘scaleup’ companies will produce more company success stories, more economic prosperity and more national visibility for North Carolina entrepreneurial companies.”

Contributors include entrepreneurs, foundations

Campaign contributors have included high-profile entrepreneurs, foundations, and many regional thought leaders.

“Reflecting on the history of Automated Insights, I see a common CED thread,” said Robbie Allen, Founder and CEO of Automated Insights. “From providing us office space in the early days to the fact that several of our key hires are CED alums, they have been very helpful in Ai’s development. For that, I made a gift to the CED #OnTheRise Campaign to help ensure the future success of our region and local entrepreneurs.”

Rose said the campaign lets the CED ramp up investor initiatives and build a database to track the region’s progress. She added that in just the first year the initiatives helped the CED nearly quadruple its number of out-of-market investor relationships. Those resulted in introductions that produced $45 million in investments in Triangle companies over the past six months.

The organization has also launched an aggressive public relations and marketing campaign to put North Carolina companies in the national spotlight. Local companies have since been featured in the Wall Street Journal, CNN Money and Rose has been accepted as a Forbes contributor, expanding the national spotlight for the region.

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