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Events calendar across NC for December is a full one: 66 events, webinars & deadlines coming up – WRAL Tech Wire


Here’s our exclusive wrapup of upcoming events happening across North Carolina in December. Included are the latest meetups, conferences, workshops, application deadlines and networking events happening in Asheville, Charlotte, the Triad, Wilmington and other parts of the state.

This post is part of our weekly column of upcoming events, along with our comprehensive resource guide for startups in the Triangle. To find out what’s happening this month in the Triangle specifically, check out part one of this week’s column. Another post previews January events. Recurring monthly meetups in the Triangle are listed here.

These columns are an extension of our interactive calendar of tech and startup events. If you’d like to submit an event, feel free to send me an email.

Note: The following list is our lineup of state-wide events through the end of December—most have been switched to a virtual format due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements. 

NC TECH CISO & IT Security Executive Roundtable

December 1, 7:45-9 a.m. (online)

This online meeting will convene CISOs, VPs and director-level security leaders from NC TECH member companies and organizations.

NC TECH CIO + IT Executive Roundtable

December 1, 7:45-9 a.m. (online)

In this virtual session, IT leaders at NC TECH member companies and organizations will discuss relevant topics and developments in their field.

BLKTECHCLT & Flatiron School Learn To Code Workshop Series

December 1, 6 p.m. (online)

In this free workshop series, participants will learn how to build a webpage using HTML and CSS. Events in the series will be held twice per month throughout fall 2020.

Application Deadline: One NC Small Business Program Grants

December 1

Applications are open for the next round of grants in the One North Carolina Small Business Program, a source of capital for tech companies in the state. More TechWire coverage here.

1 Million Cups Lake Norman

December 2, 7:30-9 a.m. (online)

Every Wednesday morning, entrepreneurs in the Lake Norman area join to present their companies to mentors, advisers and other startups. Join to meet new people and collaborate with fellow entrepreneurs.

1 Million Cups Charlotte

December 2, 8-9 a.m. (online)

Held every week, 1 Million Cups Charlotte features a presentation from a local startup followed by a Q&A from the community.

1 Million Cups Wilmington

December 2, 9-10 a.m. (online)

This weekly event brings together entrepreneurs in the Wilmington and Cape Fear community to gather for coffee, casual startup pitches and conversation.

EDPNC Onward As One Roundtable Discussion (Northeast Region)

December 2, 12-1 p.m. (online)

This regional series includes eight regional panel discussions featuring local businesses that have demonstrated resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. This week’s event will cover the northeast region of North Carolina.

Marketing Outside the Box: The Wrap Up

December 2, 12:30-1:30 p.m. (online)

In this virtual series, HUSTLE Winston Salem will offer proven marketing strategies that local business owners can use to boost revenue and attract and retain new customers.

Becoming an Investor-Ready Entrepreneur

December 2, 1-4:30 p.m. (online)

In this two-part virtual workshop, entrepreneurs will learn how to understand the investment process and find out what investors are looking for. These insights will help participants prep for raising capital with an insider’s perspective in mind.

RIoT Accelerator Program Information Session (Spring 2021)

December 2, 4-5 p.m. (online)

The spring 2021 RIoT Accelerator Program (RAP) cohort will run from February 17 to May 5 in Wilson. Join this information session to learn more about the 12-week program and how to apply. Applications are due on December 21.

Packard Place Public House

December 2, 4:30-6:30 p.m. (online) 

On the third Wednesday of every month, the Queen City’s entrepreneurial community joins together for an evening of networking and connections over drinks.

2020 NC TECH CXO Online Auction

December 2-4 (online)

The winning bidder of this online auction gets the opportunity to have a one-on-one meeting with a tech CIO, CISO or CEO. The auction supports NC TECH’s statewide programs, including the Founder’s Scholarship for young women seeking engineering and/or technology-related degrees at higher education institutions. (Note: Only employees of NC TECH member companies/organizations can bid.)

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Flywheel Jumpstart December: Analytics, Analytics Everywhere

December 3, 8:30 a.m. (online)

In this webinar, Why People Click Founder Rob Ainbinder will show attendees how to analyze marketing metrics and act on them.

Where Are Your Risk Factors in Today’s Environment?

December 3, 9 a.m. (online)

NC TECH is hosting a virtual panel discussion with tech and cybersecurity leaders discussing emerging challenges in remote work and how businesses can address them.

ASPIRE Conversations

December 3, 12 p.m. (online)

ASPIRE Community Capital’s ASPIRE Conversations series will feature discussions with community leaders about Black entrepreneurship in Charlotte. Each session will cover a new topic.

EDPNC Onward As One Roundtable Discussion (South Central Region)

December 3, 12-1 p.m. (online)

This regional series includes eight regional panel discussions featuring local businesses that have demonstrated resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. This week’s event will cover the south central region of North Carolina.

Making Energy Work Webinar Series

December 3, 3 p.m. (online)

The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association is hosting a webinar series with local and national experts covering clean energy trends. This month’s event will feature a discussion between NCSEA’s Ivan Urlaub and Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute.

Asheville Chamber Business After Hours

December 3, 5:30-7 p.m. @Aloft Hotel Asheville Downtown

This month’s Asheville Chamber Business After Hours will be held at Aloft downtown. Join for prizes, food and drinks, and lots of networking. Attendance is limited.

Generating Greater Results for Your Business

December 3, 6:30-8 p.m. (online)

In this virtual workshop, Forsyth Tech Community College’s Small Business Center will present proven principles and applications that small business owners can use to boost productivity and profit.

Get2Know NC TECH Webinar

December 4, 9-9:30 a.m. (online)

This free monthly interactive webinar provides participants with an overview of NC TECH’s activities, resources and member offerings.

UNCW CIE Dial-Up Disrupt

December 4, 12-1 p.m. (online)

UNCW’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship is hosting a weekly discussion where members of the community share their ideas for innovative products/services.

Application Deadline: 2020 Venture Asheville Honors Nominations

December 4

The Venture Asheville Honors celebrates the mentors, entrepreneurs, investors and resource providers that are helping the local startup community grow.

Tech Slam ‘N Eggs

December 8, 8 a.m. (online)

Hosted by Flywheel Coworking and Startup Grind Winston-Salem, this virtual event will feature a series of live tech demos from Triad-based startups.

Talent Network: Not All Digital Transformations Are Created Equal

December 8, 9 a.m. (online)

NC TECH’s next Talent Network event will cover digital transformation strategies for businesses in 2020 and 2021.

2020 Carolinas Federal/State Energy Policy Summit

December 8, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (online)

E4 Carolinas’ annual Federal/State Energy Policy Summit returns this year with a program focused on federal and state regulatory policies and more topics relevant to industry executives.

Leveraging the CIO for Generating New Revenue

December 8, 12-1 p.m. (online)

This free virtual workshop will cover innovative, revenue-generating strategies in Information Technology.

EDPNC Onward As One Roundtable Discussion (Piedmont-Triad Region)

December 8, 12-1 p.m. (online)

This regional series includes eight regional panel discussions featuring local businesses that have demonstrated resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. This week’s event will cover the Piedmont-Triad region of North Carolina.

1 Million Cups Lake Norman

December 9, 7:30-9 a.m. (online)

Every Wednesday morning, entrepreneurs in the Lake Norman area join to present their companies to mentors, advisers and other startups. Join to meet new people and collaborate with fellow entrepreneurs.

1 Million Cups Charlotte

December 9, 8-9 a.m. (online)

Held every week, 1 Million Cups Charlotte features a presentation from a local startup followed by a Q&A from the community.

1 Million Cups Robeson County

December 9, 8-9 a.m. @Givens Performing Arts Center, UNC Pembroke

In this monthly event, entrepreneurs local to Robeson County will present their products/services to peers and network with the startup community.

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1 Million Cups Wilmington

December 9, 9-10 a.m. (online)

This weekly event brings together entrepreneurs in the Wilmington and Cape Fear community to gather for coffee, casual startup pitches and conversation.

PitchBreakfast Virtual

December 9, 9-10:30 a.m. (online)

Every month, a handful of Charlotte-area companies headline PitchBreakfast, pitching their products and services for a total of five minutes, after which they will answer questions from the audience and a panel of entrepreneurs and experts. This month’s event will be held virtually.

Winning Wednesdays: Business & Nonprofit Resources to Help You Succeed

December 9, 10:30-11:30 a.m. (online)

This online event will feature free library resources businesses can use to identify industry trends, research their competition, and find sales prospects and new sources of supply.

Marketing Outside the Box: The Wrap Up

December 9, 12:30-1:30 p.m. (online)

In this virtual series, HUSTLE Winston Salem will offer proven marketing strategies that local business owners can use to boost revenue and attract and retain new customers.

Becoming an Investor-Ready Entrepreneur

December 9, 1-4:30 p.m. (online)

In this two-part virtual workshop, entrepreneurs will learn how to understand the investment process and find out what investors are looking for. These insights will help participants prep for raising capital with an insider’s perspective in mind.

From Pre-K to Workforce: County Educational Data & Strengthening the Pipeline

December 9, 1:30-2:30 p.m. (online)

The NC Rural Center, myFutureNC and Carolina Demography are hosting an event to showcase a new system that compiles county-level educational attainment and education and workforce performance metrics in every North Carolina county.

Packard Place Public House

December 9, 4:30-6:30 p.m. (online) 

On the third Wednesday of every month, the Queen City’s entrepreneurial community joins together for an evening of networking and connections over drinks.

Ask-Me-Anything: How To Break into Tech

December 9, 6 p.m. (online)

BLKTECHCLT and Flatiron School are hosting a discussion with industry experts and educational/career coaches on learning new tech skills and finding your next job. This event is part of a monthly series.

2020 Asheville Metro Economy Outlook

December 10, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (online)

The 21st annual Asheville Metro Economy Outlook, led by economist James F. Smith, will cover the challenges and trends the business community has faced this year.

EDPNC Onward As One Roundtable Discussion (Southwest Region)

December 10, 12-1 p.m. (online)

This regional series includes eight regional panel discussions featuring local businesses that have demonstrated resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. This week’s event will cover the southwest region of North Carolina.

Small Business Roundtable: Business Pitch

December 10, 3-4 p.m. (online)

In this virtual event series, Forsyth Tech Community College’s Small Business Center will discuss topics relevant to local startups and small businesses.

UNCW CIE Dial-Up Disrupt

December 11, 12-1 p.m. (online)

UNCW’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship is hosting a weekly discussion where members of the community share their ideas for innovative products/services.

Skookum Tech Talks: Designing for Inclusion

December 11, 12-1 p.m. (online)

In this virtual event, inclusive designer Alexandra Dean Grossi will share why experiences that are accessible and stronger for those with disabilities are better for everyone else too — and how to start creating them.

Charlotte Regional Business Alliance 2020 Annual Outlook

December 14, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. (online)

Charlotte Regional Business Alliance’s 2020 Annual Outlook will feature CEOs from the city’s leading companies. Speakers will share their outlook on  COVID-19, racial equity, the election, business, the community, and more.

EDPNC Onward As One Roundtable Discussion (Northwest Region)

December 15, 12-1 p.m. (online)

This regional series includes eight regional panel discussions featuring local businesses that have demonstrated resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. This week’s event will cover the northwest region of North Carolina.

Mountain BizWorks Virtual End of the Year Celebration

December 15, 5-6:30 p.m. (online)

Mountain BizWorks’s 2020 year-end celebration will focus on all the collaboration and perseverance Western North Carolina has demonstrated this year.

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BLKTECHCLT & Flatiron School Learn To Code Workshop Series

December 15, 6 p.m. (online)

In this free workshop series, participants will learn how to build a webpage using HTML and CSS. Events in the series will be held twice per month throughout fall 2020.

1 Million Cups Lake Norman

December 16, 7:30-9 a.m. (online)

Every Wednesday morning, entrepreneurs in the Lake Norman area join to present their companies to mentors, advisers and other startups. Join to meet new people and collaborate with fellow entrepreneurs.

1 Million Cups Charlotte

December 16, 8-9 a.m. (online)

Held every week, 1 Million Cups Charlotte features a presentation from a local startup followed by a Q&A from the community.

1 Million Cups Wilmington

December 16, 9-10 a.m. (online)

This weekly event brings together entrepreneurs in the Wilmington and Cape Fear community to gather for coffee, casual startup pitches and conversation.

Packard Place Public House

December 16, 4:30-6:30 p.m. (online) 

On the third Wednesday of every month, the Queen City’s entrepreneurial community joins together for an evening of networking and connections over drinks.

ASPIRE Conversations

December 17, 12 p.m. (online)

ASPIRE Community Capital’s ASPIRE Conversations series will feature discussions with community leaders about Black entrepreneurship in Charlotte. Each session will cover a new topic.

EDPNC Onward As One Roundtable Discussion (Western Region)

December 17, 12-1 p.m. (online)

This regional series includes eight regional panel discussions featuring local businesses that have demonstrated resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. This week’s event will cover the western region of North Carolina.

UNCW CIE Dial-Up Disrupt

December 18, 12-1 p.m. (online)

UNCW’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship is hosting a weekly discussion where members of the community share their ideas for innovative products/services.

Application Deadline: Venture Connect Online 2021 Pitches

December 18

Applications are open for companies interested in pitching in the Council for Entrepreneurial Development’s Venture Connect Online 2021 conference, held March 23-25.

Application Deadline: RIoT Accelerator Program (Spring 2021)

December 21

RIoT is accepting applications for the spring 2021 cohort of its 12-week RIoT Accelerator Program (RAP), which will run from February 17 to May 5 in Wilson. Applications are due at 5 p.m.

1 Million Cups Lake Norman

December 23, 7:30-9 a.m. (online)

Every Wednesday morning, entrepreneurs in the Lake Norman area join to present their companies to mentors, advisers and other startups. Join to meet new people and collaborate with fellow entrepreneurs.

1 Million Cups Charlotte

December 23, 8-9 a.m. (online)

Held every week, 1 Million Cups Charlotte features a presentation from a local startup followed by a Q&A from the community.

1 Million Cups Wilmington

December 23, 9-10 a.m. (online)

This weekly event brings together entrepreneurs in the Wilmington and Cape Fear community to gather for coffee, casual startup pitches and conversation.

Packard Place Public House

December 23, 4:30-6:30 p.m. (online) 

On the third Wednesday of every month, the Queen City’s entrepreneurial community joins together for an evening of networking and connections over drinks.

UNCW CIE Dial-Up Disrupt

December 25, 12-1 p.m. (online)

UNCW’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship is hosting a weekly discussion where members of the community share their ideas for innovative products/services.

1 Million Cups Lake Norman

December 30, 7:30-9 a.m. (online)

Every Wednesday morning, entrepreneurs in the Lake Norman area join to present their companies to mentors, advisers and other startups. Join to meet new people and collaborate with fellow entrepreneurs.

1 Million Cups Charlotte

December 30, 8-9 a.m. (online)

Held every week, 1 Million Cups Charlotte features a presentation from a local startup followed by a Q&A from the community.

1 Million Cups Wilmington

December 30, 9-10 a.m. (online)

This weekly event brings together entrepreneurs in the Wilmington and Cape Fear community to gather for coffee, casual startup pitches and conversation.

Packard Place Public House

December 30, 4:30-6:30 p.m. (online) 

On the third Wednesday of every month, the Queen City’s entrepreneurial community joins together for an evening of networking and connections over drinks.





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