The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), which supports entrepreneurs in a variety of ways and holds two major Triangle technology events annually, is appealing for gifts to its annual fund.

In 2017, the CED gave direct support to 350 entrepreneurial companies. Over the years, it assisted thousands.

In an email appeal, the CED notes, “Our engagement strategy brings together investors, mentors, and other forms of support that matches the company’s needs. These resources are then coupled with educational and custom programming to further our companies with the intent to foster their growth.”

As a journalist who has covered technology in the Research Triangle for 18 years, I have seen the CED help startups climb the ladder of success, provide access to investors, and connect companies with partners, clients, and potential hires on an ongoing basis. It is a linchpin of the area’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The email, signed by CED President and CEO Ravila Gupta, says, “So with this is mind, I would like to ask you to make a gift to support the work we do here at CED. We want to be ready to welcome more companies into our network and support them as they grow.”

Photo is of PrecisionHawk CEO Michael Chasen at the CED’s recent Technology Venture Conference.