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036 Developing Connections to Capital and Mentors with CED Director Jay Bigelow

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Podcast Show Notes

Jay joins me today to share the programs, mentorship, workshops, and conferences that are provided by the Council for Entrepreneurial Development. He explains how the Connections to Capital program and Venture Mentoring Service helps entrepreneurs and the process they use to vet applicants for the CEO Round Table events. He also shares what you can expect by attending the upcoming Accelerate Series. I also spoke with Anil to learn more about ArchiveSocial and how CED helped him with advice, mentoring, and accountability. 



“The research will tell you that mentors will probably make the biggest difference in the success or failure of most entrepreneurs, so finding the right mentors for you and your business is probably the most important thing you can do to be successful.” – Jay Bigelow 



This week on the Supportedly Podcast: 


  • How the Connections to Capital program curates connections between investors and companies. 
  • How the CED Venture Mentoring Service creates a pre-board with two to four mentors. 
  • CEO round tables and upcoming CED Conferences. 
  • What to expect from attending the June Accelerate Series workshop. 
  • The vetting process for joining the CEO Round Table events. 
  • The application and screening process for the team-based Venture Mentoring Service. 
  • How Anil became an entrepreneur and started ArchiveSocial. 
  • How the Venture Mentoring Service helped Anil as a first-time entrepreneur. 
  • How accountability drives you to meet your targets. 



This organization would go out of their way to line up high-power, accomplished people to spend time with me. It was kind of unreal, but it was very nice in the beginning to have that.” – Anil Chawla 



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Podcast Guests

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Jay Bigelow

Jay Bigelow is the Director of Entrepreneurship at the Council for Entrepreneurial Development(CED), an organization that helps entrepreneurs grow a successful business through mentorship, advice, and access to resources and capital. With a vast career in business services and technology businesses, he is known for starting two companies and joining three other venture-backed startups. In his role at CED, he is responsible for building relationships with lending and angel investors as well as strategic partnerships across the country. Jay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Drexel University’sLeBow College of Business and has experience in marketing, strategic planning, and business development

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Anil Chawla

Anil Chawla is the Founder and CEO ofArchiveSocial, a company that helps businesses maintain long-term archival records of social media content to meet their compliance and legal needs. He is a regular public speaker on the topics related to social media and entrepreneurship. His work has been documented in publications such asForbes, CNBC, Entrepreneur, and Fast Company. Anil holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology

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Steph Kissel

I utilize my background and expertise in project leadership to find creative operational solutions every day. I’m passionate about great ideas and inspired by the entrepreneurs who bring them to life (ever seen someone cry happy tears over your prototype?). I'm fortunate to work with people who share my passions and inspire me every day. Together, we're working non-stop to create cool things that empower entrepreneurs and business owners, like, the place to find entrepreneurial support programs, events, and actionable content like The Supportedly Podcast. To all the providers and entrepreneurs they support, thanks for letting me tell your stories, and if you’re reading this, I hope we’ve helped make your entrepreneurial journey just a little be easier and maybe even more exciting!

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