$1.2 billion is a huge number and yet, it's the total dollars raised by 170 North Carolina companies last year to fund their growth in technology, life sciences, clean tech or manufacturing.
It's also big because it represents a 122 percent increase over funds raised in 2014 and signals continued momentum toward the state's goal to be a top region nationally for innovation and entrepreneurship. The Council for Entrepreneurial Development is helping to lead that charge by collecting the most complete set of data around venture and grant funding, one that is far more detailed than what has traditionally been collected and reported by organizations like the National Venture Capital Association.
Patel on investor relations:
Patel on impressive investors in North Carolina last year:
Patel on CED company successes:
Patel on surprising themes from 2015 Innovators Report:
Patel on a big third quarter 2015:
Patel's predictions for 2016: