A partnership between the Council for Entrepreneurial Development and N.C. State’s Office of Technology Transfer means that aspiring NCSU entrepreneurs can receive mentoring support from CED.

The agreement was announced Wednesday.

As part of the deal, the CED gains access to NCSU Centennial Campus facilities to host some future events. The two organizations also will work together on marketing opportunities.

The CED will offering mentoring through its CED Venture Mentoring Service, or CED-VMS. CED members who participate in the program offer guidance, advice and direction to entrepreneurs looking to build new businesses.

Advice is available for fund raising, go-to-market/commercialization strategies, market validation, recruiting, IP strategy, and more/

“We see many of the most exciting, breakthrough technologies start within the walls of our great universities,” said CED President and CEO Joan Siefert Rose. “CED’s mission is to help propel companies to their full potential in North Carolina, and with so many NC State entrepreneurs leading the way in fields such as advanced manufacturing, energy, agriculture and animal health, biomechanics and computer science this partnership is a natural fit.”

Transitioning new ideas developed at college campuses to the private sector remains a challenge, and NCSU believes the CED program can help.

“We have been impressed with the depth of experience of the CED-VMS mentors and are committed to providing our startup companies access to this great resource here in the Triangle as companies launch, grow and scale,” said, Kelly Sexton, Director, Office of Technology Transfer at NC State. “We have long supported our companies participating in the CED Life Science and Tech Venture conferences, and this new area of collaboration offers NC State based companies new ways to leverage CED’s network; they are truly a tremendous asset for our community.”