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Survival of the fittest entrepreneuers: It’s becoming harder to be successful, study finds

Editor’s note: Contributors to this report as published by the UNC-CH Kenan Institute of Private Enterprinse are: Sophie Calder-Wang, Assistant Professor, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania Waverly Ding, Associate Professor, Smith School of Business, University of Maryland Tim Jenkinson, Professor of Finance, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford Victor Lyonnet, Assistant Professor...

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Raleigh-based startup CEO lauded, lands on Forbes 30 under 30

Stephanie Michelsen, 27, is being recognized by Forbes. She made their prestigious 30 under 30 list. Michelsen is the CEO and founder of Jellatech, a biotechnology startup that synthesizes animal proteins in a cruelty-free way. “Our mission is to build a future that does not rely on animals and...

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CED’s New Program Helps Six Triangle Startups to $55M in Funding

In today’s busy, competitive marketplace, businesses and organizations with highly curated offerings—whether they be clothes, wine, movies or gifts—stand out above the rest. The rapid rise and popularity of companies like Netflix, Blue Apron and Stitch Fix indicate Americans love purchasing from curated lists. Venture capitalists are no different. The Council for Entrepreneurial Development’s (CED) new strategic investment matching program called “Connections to Capital” taps into the organization’s institutional knowledge and nearly three years’ worth of data to provide a unique match-making service for its North Carolina entrepreneur members and institutional investors around the world.  So far, it’s helped six NC companies collectively raise over $55 million...

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A Life Science Deal Uptick, Tech Deal Downturn & Other Takeaways from CED’s Latest Innovators Report

According to the Council for Entrepreneurial Development’s (CED) just-released Innovators Report, 2015 might be a blockbuster year for investments in North Carolina startups. At least it will be if the second two quarters follow trends set during the first half of 2015, when nearly $427 million was invested in North Carolina companies through 90 deals.  However, IPOs are down nationally and globally, so North Carolina’s is not out of sync with the rest of the country. M&As, meanwhile, tend to be the most popular exit strategy in the Triangle. Leading the pack on the tech side is Bronto Software, which sold for $200 million earlier this year. Salix Pharmaceuticals was the largest sale...

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