Our Partners

The Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network is an unprecedented collaboration among our regions major research universities and the entrepreneurial community. Our EIRs scour the campuses of NC State, NC Central, Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill, as well as the community through the Durham-based Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), for the hottest high-potential ideas. Lead representatives with each of our partners work to make that happen.

Duke University's Innovation and Entrepreneurship program is building community and fostering a culture that supports innovation and entrepreneurship. I&E at Duke is creating resources and infrastructure to support faculty, students and alumni in ideation, planning and launching of new enterprises, and celebrating Duke entrepreneurs who are addressing the world’s most pressing problems through...

Duke University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship program is building community and fostering a culture that supports innovation and entrepreneurship. I&E at Duke is creating resources and infrastructure to support faculty, students and alumni in ideation, planning and launching of new enterprises, and celebrating Duke entrepreneurs who are addressing the world’s most pressing problems through the creation of new ventures. The I&E Initiative aspires to bring the whole university together, to work collaboratively across all disciplines to solve big, complex problems.

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NC Central is committed to supporting entrepreneurs and offers programming through its Entrepreneurship Center to develop, coach and mentor low and moderate resourced entrepreneurs in launching startup business ventures. Through its work, the EC seeks to modernize the business skills of local entrepreneurs and business owners to participate in the development and growth of the local economic...

NC Central is committed to supporting entrepreneurs and offers programming through its Entrepreneurship Center to develop, coach and mentor low and moderate resourced entrepreneurs in launching startup business ventures. Through its work, the EC seeks to modernize the business skills of local entrepreneurs and business owners to participate in the development and growth of the local economic community, prepare entrepreneurs to research and contact financial resources, customer prospects and potential buyers, and educate participants about funding options by utilizing city, state and national resources.

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At NC State individual entrepreneurial projects and programs throughout the university unite to provide students with top-tier resources and opportunities. The Entrepreneurship Initiative (EI) encourages multi-disciplinary participation and was formed in July 2008 in response to the Chancellor’s call to “develop an educated and entrepreneurial work force.” By organizing and energizing its...

At NC State individual entrepreneurial projects and programs throughout the university unite to provide students with top-tier resources and opportunities. The Entrepreneurship Initiative (EI) encourages multi-disciplinary participation and was formed in July 2008 in response to the Chancellor’s call to “develop an educated and entrepreneurial work force.” By organizing and energizing its efforts through the EI, NC State provides a comprehensive springboard for ideas, projects, and partnerships. By leveraging its core strengths in science, engineering, and technology, NC State is developing entrepreneurial solutions to society’s current problems and future needs.

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To have impact requires people to be connected to communities, recognize needs, turn needs into opportunities, have the passion to persevere, and work hard to implement their ideas. Innovators–those who successfully traverse this process and implement the unique and valuable–change the world. They see what others do not. They believe when others doubt. They execute when others merely talk. At...

To have impact requires people to be connected to communities, recognize needs, turn needs into opportunities, have the passion to persevere, and work hard to implement their ideas. Innovators–those who successfully traverse this process and implement the unique and valuable–change the world. They see what others do not. They believe when others doubt. They execute when others merely talk. At UNC the Chancellor’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship works to strengthen UNC’s entrepreneurship ecosystem to meet the needs of faculty, students, staff, and community members as they translate their novel ideas into practical benefit and change the world.

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CED is a community of people inspired by entrepreneurship, and includes a wide range of members including startup companies, more mature growth-stage firms, investors, service partners, academics, and individuals. All who wish to be part of this dynamic enterprise are invited to participate. CED was founded in 1984, and later incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, to identify, enable...

CED is a community of people inspired by entrepreneurship, and includes a wide range of members including startup companies, more mature growth-stage firms, investors, service partners, academics, and individuals. All who wish to be part of this dynamic enterprise are invited to participate. CED was founded in 1984, and later incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, to identify, enable and promote high-growth, high-impact companies and accelerate the entrepreneurial culture of the Research Triangle and North Carolina. CED provides education, mentoring and capital formation resources to new and existing high-growth entrepreneurs through annual conferences, forums, workshops and programs on entrepreneurial management and finance.CED has helped entrepreneurs in a myriad of industries and at all stages of development – from high-tech, life sciences, and service companies, from one-person start-ups to 1,000-person businesses. With more than 5,500 active members representing over 1,100 companies, CED is the largest entrepreneurial support organization of its kind in the United States.

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