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January 2018

CED Member Meet-Up

January 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Mez Contemporary Mexican, 5410 Page Road
Durham, NC 27703
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For CED Members Only

​Kick off 2018 with friends old and new over drinks and appetizers. Take advantage of this opportunity to connect with other CED members and expand your network.

This event is made possible by NK Patent Law.

New to Member Meet-Ups? CED's quarterly receptions are open...

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NCSU Make-A-Thon

January 26 - January 28
North Carolina State University,

Student solutions are needed to make a more sustainable world. During this three-day challenge, student teams research, design, prototype and build a new solution that addresses a sustainability challenge. On the last day, community and industry sustainability experts evaluate solutions and award prizes to the top teams in each category, as well as a grand prize to the overall winner.

Make-A-Thon Dates:
Workshops and Kick-off Event - Friday, January 26, James B. Hunt Jr. Library,...

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February 2018

FDA Entrepreneur’s Workshop

February 1 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Chesterfield, 701 West Main Street
Durham, NC 27701
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This session will provide an overview of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) regulation of medical devices, covering development of regulatory premarket strategies, the approval and clearance processes, and postmarket safety and recalls. As part of this overview, the presenters will also cover timely subjects such as 3D printing of medical devices and direct-to-consumer tests for genetic risk information. The digital health component will include a discussion of the specific...

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February 1 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Chesterfield, 701 West Main Street
Durham, NC 27701
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Larger Than Life Science is a free-of-charge monthly networking event for life science entrepreneurs, investors, scientists, executives, and industry partners. Each event offers multiple featured programs. Choose from a selection of practical workshops, industry partnering sessions, meetings with investors, panel discussions, office hours, and some fun activities. Come for the people and programs. Stay for a beer. Leave with your next big breakthrough.

February 1
4:00 pm -...

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Carolina Innovations Seminar: Transitioning from Academia to Commerce

February 1 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery (The Great Room), 100 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, 27514 United States
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This seminar will feature a panel of former UNC-Chapel Hill graduate students who left academics to found and work in local startup companies. They will talk about their transition to the business world, share their experiences and challenges, and discuss their roles and what their companies are working on.

Garrett Berry, PhD – Business Development, StrideBio

Ryan Hallett, PhD – Co-founder, Dualogics

Ricky Spero, PhD – Co-founder, Redbud Labs

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Thrive 2018 National Conference John C. Maxwell

February 3 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Raleigh Convention Center, 500 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States
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Symmetry Financial Group invites you to join us at the Raleigh Convention Center on February 3 to hear John C. Maxwell share stories of life-changing principles on growth and leadership.

John C. Maxwell, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 26 million books, was identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association® and the world’s most influential leadership expert by Business Insider and Inc. magazine in 2014. In...

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February 10 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Memorial Hall, 114 E Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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The TEDxUNC conference will explore a colorwheel theme, while challenging audience members to rethink their notion of a black and white world, embrace a more nuanced and colorful understanding of humanity, and take into account the amazing diversity found across disciplines and cultures.

The conference will begin in the binary, wherein the world is seen as black or white. Speakers will discuss the problem with using this binary lens and provide a call...

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Entrepreneurs’ Series: Venture Outlook 2018

February 21 @ 7:45 am - 11:45 am
Carolina Theatre, 309 West Morgan Street
Durham, NC 27701
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This year's Entrepreneurs' Series: Venture Outlook will be bigger and better than ever before!
Hear from and meet the angel investors & venture capitalists that have funded some of the region's most promising technology startups. They will talk about trends and where they are looking to invest in 2018.
Featured talks from Bobby Franklin, CEO of the National Venture Capital Association and Steven Aldrich, Chief Product Officer at GoDaddy.
New this year: Reverse pitches from VCs
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CED Life Science Conference 2018

February 27 - February 28
Raleigh Convention Center, 500 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States
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February 27-28 in Raleigh, NC

Meet the Conference Co-chairs

Stephen Bloch, M.D, General Partner, Canaan Partners


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April 2018

Rice Business Plan Competition

April 5 - April 7
Rice University, 6100 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77251
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The Rice Business Plan Competition is the world’s richest and largest graduate-level student startup competition. It is hosted and organized by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, which is Rice University's internationally-recognized initiative devoted to the support of entrepreneurship, and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business. This is the 17th year for the competition. In that time, it has grown from nine teams competing for $10,000 in prize money in 2001, to 42...

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