Early version of Triangle startup map unveiled

Jan. 23, 2013 @ 08:31 PM

An early version of an online map that tracks the location of Triangle start-up technology and life science companies was unveiled Wednesday at a meeting of a Durham-based organization that works to support entrepreneurs.
The map includes searchable profiles of more than 1,000 private companies that are in the start-up or growth phases, according to a news release from the Durham-based Council for Entrepreneurial Development.
The first version of the map, known as the Entrepreneurial Network Map of the Triangle, was presented at CED’s annual meeting on Wednesday.
The meeting was expected to draw around 160 people to the headquarters of the Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina in the Research Triangle Park.
Jason Parker, a spokesman for CED, said the meeting included information about the map as well as information about the downtown Durham-based organization itself.
Parker said CED is looking to shift toward becoming more of a “data-driven” organization, and is looking at how it can better use and showcase the data that it has, as well as extend its relationships in the community.
Parker also said the group will look to grow both of its conferences, which showcase start-up technology as well as life sciences companies here.
“We will continue to operate in such a fashion that allows both of those conferences to grow,” he said. “Other than that, CED is strategically shifting more toward a data-driven organization.”
Parker said the map is an example of how CED is looking to be able to showcase some of its data. The map, which is still under development according to CED’s news release, will be released publicly in March.
It includes company profiles that can be filtered and searched by industry sector and sub-sector, as well as through a keyword search.
“The map serves as a digital front door for the Research Triangle,” said Joan Siefert Rose, president of CED, in statement in the release. “This will be a way for entrepreneurs to find each other, and provide investors, journalists, and industry professionals from both inside and outside the region a visual guide to our extensive network.”
CED is partnering to develop the map. The organization compiled data from its own membership records as well as information provided by partner organizations in Wake, Durham, and Orange counties. The technical design is by Relevance Inc.
“This was the public’s first look at the entrepreneurial roadmap, it’s not the final product, it’s not the final version,” he said. “As it is right now, there are more than 1,000 companies on which we have data in technology and life sciences, in various stages.”