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Headliners, part I: Smart Cities Summit, Bull City Biotech Summit, MetLife Demo Day + more Triangle events – WRAL Tech Wire


WRAL TechWire keeps tabs on the latest and greatest meetups, panels, workshops, conferences, application deadlines and all things happening in the North Carolina startup world.

“The Headliners” is a multi-part weekly roundup of upcoming events to add to your calendar. To find out what’s happening in cities outside of the Triangle, check out part two of the “Headliners” column. Another post highlights events in November. Meetups that occur regularly are listed here. If you’d like your event to be included, feel free to send me an email.

Check out a full range of events on TechWire’s interactive calendar for more, along with our comprehensive resource guide for startups in the Triangle.

Here’s our lineup of Triangle events through the end of October:

District C Pitch Event

October 7, 6-8 p.m. @HQ Raleigh Gateway

District C is hosting four teams of high school students from 12 different schools, who will pitch solutions to real-world challenges posed by Mati Energy and the Loading Dock.

UNC Entrepreneur Bootcamp

October 8, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. @UNC Chapel Hill

UNC’s Eshelman Institute for Innovation and Kickstart Venture Services are hosting a half-day bootcamp covering IP and regulatory issues and best-practices for startups.

UNC IE Bagel Breakfast Social

October 8, 9:30-10:30 a.m. @UNC Institute for the Environment

UNC’s Institute for the Environment hosts a monthly breakfast inviting a guest speaker to discuss their latest research and projects.

City of Raleigh Impact Partner Grant Info Session

October 8, 12-1 p.m. @1 Exchange Plaza

In this information session, the City of Raleigh’s Office of Economic Development and Innovation will share details about its Impact Partner Grant Program, which is accepting proposals through November 15. Snacks and light refreshments provided.

7th Annual Eclipse IP Futures Conference

October 8, 12-5:30 p.m. @The Umstead

This conference offers insight into the different methods companies can use to protect their intellectual property. The event’s theme is “Own Your Zone, Leveraging IP to Increase Marketshare.”

Lunch with Chief Operating Officers

October 8, 1-2 p.m. @1789 Venture Lab

Learn what it’s like to work at a startup with a panel/Q&A featuring local professionals—Alex Piasecki of Seal the Seasons, Gwen Campbell of Revibe Technologies, Chris Bingham of Sherpa Collaborative and Jonathan Hornaday of Tethis.

Triangle Biotech Tuesday

October 8, 5:15-7:30 p.m. @5 Laboratory Drive

Triangle Biotech Tuesday, a monthly event series, connects scientific professionals throughout the Research Triangle area.

Pints & Pitches Chapel Hill

October 8, 6-7:30 p.m. @The Pit Chapel Hill

Join Chapel Hill Economic Development for appetizers and networking with local entrepreneurs, startup teams, freelancers and professionals. Attendees can pitch their business ideas.

How to Finance Your Business

October 8, 6-8 p.m. @HQ@Gateway

This workshop covers various small business funding options, such as commercial bank loans, SBA-backed loans, angel investors and venture capitalists.

Application Deadline: Pinnacle Hill RFP

October 8

Pinnacle Hill, a partnership between UNC Chapel Hill and Deerfield Management, will provide $65 million to support the advancement of novel drug development projects. The letter of intent deadline is October 8.

Energizing Rural NC

October 8-9 @Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center

The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina is hosting a two-day conference focused on workforce challenges and solutions within North Carolina’s rural communities.

Women in Technical Leadership

October 8-10 @NC State Park Alumni Center

Join STEM professionals to explore the unique challenges facing women as they navigate growth and leadership tracks within traditionally male-dominated fields.

Triangle Sportsmanship Conference Hosted by Silbo

October 9, 7:30-10 a.m. @PNC Arena – Arena Club West

Triangle-based startup Silbo is hosting a conference focused on combating poor sportsmanship. The program will convene local sports officials, coaches, parents, community leaders, Parks and Rec employees, school administrators, elected officials and representatives of college or pro sports teams.

1 Million Cups RTP

October 9, 9-10 a.m. @American Underground @ATC

1 Million Cups, presented by Kauffman, is a weekly informal pitch event for the startup community. Join for free coffee and entrepreneurial support as local startups deliver their presentations.

Lunch & Learn: How to Leverage IoT to Enhance Security & Simplify for Users

October 9, 12-1 p.m. @Smashing Boxes

RIoT is hosting a lunch and learn in which Smashing Boxes Software Engineer Grady Knight will present the product development innovation process, from ideation to prototype.

Innovate Carolina Network Forum: Idea-to-Impact Funding

October 9, 12-1:30 p.m. @Graham Memorial, Kresge Foundations Common Room

Innovate Carolina is hosting an event that will bring together leaders from more than 25 on-campus programs that provide funding and support for entrepreneurs at UNC Chapel Hill. Join to learn more about these programs and find out how to get involved. Lunch will be served.

UNC Kenan-Flagler Dean’s Speaker Series: David Taylor

October 9, 5-6 p.m. @UNC Kenan Center Dining Room

UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School is hosting a talk with Procter & Gamble Chairman of the Board, President and CEO David Taylor.

Application Deadline: FY 2020 Innovation Impact Grant

October 9

The NC Biotech Center’s Innovation Impact Grant program awards up to $200,000 to support the purchase of the research infrastructure necessary for innovation in North Carolina’s life sciences ecosystem.

C-Suite Perspectives

October 10, 7:30-9 a.m. @Umstead Hotel and Spa

This month, Raleigh Chamber’s C-Suite Perspectives series features a talk with David Morken, the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Bandwidth. (Note: This event is for Raleigh Chamber members only.)

UNC Device and Diagnostics Summit

October 10, 8:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. @The Rizzo Center

UNC’s Eshelman Institute for Innovation and Innovate Carolina are co-hosting an event focused on pharmacy research in medical devices and diagnostics.

Cultivating Change

October 10, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. @McKimmon Center

At this conference, NC Chamber will dissect the roadblocks that prevent change from being an effective tool and reveal how the audience can promote momentum and growth.

Rethinking Our Thinking: TJCOG Regional Summit

October 10, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. @Chatham Ag & Conference Center

The Triangle J Council of Governments is hosting a conference discussing regional transportation, housing quality and quantity, community resilience and economic mobility.

On the Menu: Intentional Prospecting

October 10, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. @The Frontier

Frontier RTP’s next “On the Menu” workshop series features a session on sales prospecting methods, led by speaker and coach Joe Novara, author of Intentional Networking.

Lunch & Learn: Succession & Exit Planning

October 10, 12-1 p.m. @HQ Raleigh

RIoT is hosting a lunch and learn about how businesses can plan for their next transition. The session will be led by Anna Townsend, director of valuation services for Cherry Bekaert.

Webinar: How to Start a Home-Based Business

October 10, 12-1:15 p.m.

This webinar covers arrangement, business planning and legal requirements of home-based businesses.

AU Field Day

October 10, 3-5:30 p.m. @The Cage

Join American Underground at American Tobacco Campus for an afternoon of fun, after-work activities with colleagues.

CompTIA AITP RTP: Making Data Actionable

October 10, 5:30-8:30 p.m. @NC State University Club

During the next CompTIA AITP-RTP meetup, attendees can learn how to turn their ideas into action using the steps outlined by Dr. Joseph Perez, senior systems analyst and team lead for the NC Department of Health and Human Services.

NC Sustainable Energy Association Gala

October 10, 6-10 p.m. @Cloth Mill at Eno River

The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association is hosting a celebration of its 40 years of achievement. Join for food, drinks, networking and dancing.

MetLife Digital Accelerator Demo Day

October 10, 6-10 p.m. @Market Hall

Join as the latest Metlife-Techstars Digital Accelerator cohort takes the stage at Market Hall to present their businesses.

Startup Summit

October 10 @Archie K. Davis Conference Center

Hear from top local leaders in business and entrepreneurship at this full-day informative conference geared toward startups of all sizes in North Carolina. The program features keynotes, panels, networking, investor office hours and a consulting corner. More TechWire coverage here.

Women Empower X

October 12, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. @Raleigh Convention Center

This immersive, women-focused conference features networking, panels, workshops, keynotes and a business marketplace.

All Things Open

October 13-15 @Raleigh Convention Center

The largest open source, open data and open web conference on the east coast returns this year for another engaging program. A comprehensive lineup is in store for the thousands of attendees expected at this year’s program. More TechWire coverage here.

All Things Open Startup Pitch Competition

October 14, 12:30-2 p.m. @Raleigh Convention Center

At All Things Open’s fourth annual pitch competition, five semi-finalists will take the stage to present their products to a panel of investors and entrepreneurs.

IoT Demo Night

October 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m. @Raleigh Convention Center

RIoT’s IoT Demo Night features over 65 exhibitors, lots of speakers, live demos, food and drinks, and networking. Tickets are free.

STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities

October 15, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. @NC Museum of Natural Sciences Featured Exhibition Hall

The NC Museum of Natural Sciences is hosting an educational event where attendees meet role models with disabilities who have thriving careers in STEM fields.

Raleigh Chamber Business After Hours

October 15, 5:30-7 p.m. @Triangle Shooting Academy

Join Raleigh Chamber for an evening networking event at the Triangle Shooting Academy. Registration is free for employees of Raleigh Chamber member firms.

ImBlackInTech Monthly Mixer Series

October 15, 6-7:30 p.m. @American Underground

ImBlackInTech’s monthly mixer event convenes the local entrepreneurial community in support of the growth of founders and professionals of color in the Triangle’s tech startup ecosystem.

Black Business Momentum Seminar: Money Matters

October 15, 6-8 p.m. @Knightdale Town Hall

Karriem Kanston, director of program delivery for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at the Community College of Rhode Island, will deliver a seminar on how to develop a small business budget and generate profit/loss statements, balance sheets and cash flow statements. Light dinner will be provided.

TTS Workshop: Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile

October 15, 6:30-8 p.m. @HQ Raleigh

Join Tech Talent South Raleigh for this free workshop and review best practices to make your LinkedIn profile unique to attract new opportunities.

Application Deadline: NC Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Summit Resource Fair

October 15

NC IDEA invites support organizations, government agencies, entrepreneurship programs and coworking spaces to apply to showcase during the opening reception of the North Carolina Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Summit in November. Applications are due by 5 p.m. EST.

Triangle Smart Cities Summit

October 16, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. @Raleigh Convention Center

Now in its third year, this program features panels with leaders in business, government and education discussing the Triangle’s “smart cities” movement.

Digital Health Happy Hour: Durham

October 16, 5-7 p.m. @American Underground (@ Main)

Join DHIT’s free monthly networking event to connect with fellow entrepreneurs, investors and community members who are shaping the Triangle’s digital health space. This month’s pop-up speaker is Brenda Cass, data science strategist at Validic.

Non-Profit Webinar Series: Grant Writing 101

October 16, 6-8 p.m.

This webinar focuses on planning and preparation for nonprofit grant proposals. Part two of the grant writing series is scheduled for October 30.

Triangle Global Health Conference

October 16 @Durham Convention Center

The 6th annual Triangle Global Health Conference will bring together global health colleagues for a day of keynotes, panels and networking in Durham.

Triangle TechBreakfast

October 17, 8-10 a.m. @RTP Headquarters

Developers, designers, startups and tech enthusiasts are invited to join this monthly meetup for free networking over breakfast, plus a series of showcase presentations.

Tech Job Fair: Triangle

October 17, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. @Embassy Suites Raleigh Durham Research Triangle

NC TECH’s Job Fair series connects local tech talent to the companies and organizations looking to hire in the community.

Duke Health Innovation Jam

October 17, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. @Trent Semans Center

Duke Health Innovation Jam is a Shark Tank-style event where Duke faculty, staff, trainees and students pitch their ideas for health innovations with immediate application and/or commercial potential.

Lunch & Learn: Evolution of the Customer Experience

October 17, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. @The Frontier

NC TECH is hosting a lunch and learn on the state of customer experience, led by Rachel Garrison of Zendesk.

Lunch & Learn: Computer Vision for Smart Manufacturing

October 17, 12-1 p.m. @HQ Raleigh

RIoT is hosting a lunch and learn covering monitoring devices that capture interactions between products, people and equipment.

Cary Chamber Business of Women

October 17, 12-1:15 p.m. @Prestonwood Country Club

Join Cary Chamber of Commerce to hear from Lindsay Robertson and Sara Daniel with the Carolina Hurricanes as they share their upcoming plans.

RTP180: Blood and Guts

October 17, 5-7:30 p.m. @The Frontier

Frontier RTP is celebrating Halloween by hosting a fun RTP180 with five local experts discussing their takes on the inner workings of human and animal bodies.

Bunker Brews Raleigh-Durham: What It Takes to Be a Hungry Entrepreneur

October 17, 5-8 p.m. @WeWork One City Center

For its next event, Bunker Labs Raleigh-Durham is hosting a chat with Eric Boggs, CEO of Durham-based RevBoss.

Triangle Tech Net

October 18, 7:30-10 a.m. @Family Legacy Financial Solutions

This free bimonthly event offers a space for local tech professionals to build connections and find potential job opportunities.

Application Deadline: 2019 Rural Excellence Awards

October 18

The North Carolina Rural Center is putting out a call for nominations to honor individuals, organizations and towns that are creatively tackling economic revitalization. Award winners will be honored at the 2019 Rural Assembly in November.

Application Deadline: Leadership Cary

October 18

Applications are open for Cary Chamber’s seven-month Leadership Cary program, which teaches participants leadership skills and provides them with access and insight into local governments and nonprofits, health and medical services, economic development, entrepreneurship, and more.

Application Deadline: Duke Incubation Fund [EXTENDED]

October 18

The Duke Incubation Fund provides several grants of up to $20,000 for innovators with promising projects in the idea-stage.

UNC Kenan-Flagler Dean’s Speaker Series: Scott Kupor

October 21, 4-5 p.m. @UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School is hosting an exclusive talk with Andreessen Horowitz Managing Partner Scott Kupor.

18th Annual CMAS Conference

October 21-23 @Friday Center

UNC’s Institute for the Environment is hosting its 18th annual Community Modeling and Analysis System (CMAS) conference this fall in Chapel Hill. Join to learn more about the program.

Taking Your Product from Idea to Prototype at Hangar6

October 22, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. @Hangar6

In this workshop, Hangar6 Shop Manager Sam Dirani will walk participants through the process of choosing materials and planning for design and production.

BCVP Entrepreneurs’ Series: Venture Outlook

October 22, 12:45-5 p.m. @Carolina Theatre

Bull City Venture Partners’ Venture Outlook features venture capital leaders discussing top trends and areas of focus for their investments.

#TriCyTuesdays Triangle Cybersecurity

October 22, 5:30-7 p.m. @WeWork Durham

Join the Triangle Cybersecurity Meetup, hosted by g2 Solutions and StrongKey, to network with other cybersecurity professionals in downtown Durham. Small bites and drinks provided.

NC TECH Government Vendor Network

October 23, 2:30-4:30 p.m. @Brooks Pierce McClendon, Wells Fargo Capitol Center

NC TECH’s Government Vendor Network is a forum for member companies who are interested in doing business with state government.

NC TECH Brews + Bytes

October 23, 4:30-7 p.m. @Wye Hill Kitchen & Brewing

NC TECH welcomes the Triangle’s tech community for a laid-back networking event over beverages and light snacks. This event is free and open to both NC TECH members and non-members.

RTP AgBio+AgTech Meetup: NC Plant Sciences Initiative & Demo

October 23, 5-7 p.m. @NC State Entrepreneurship Garage

Join RTP AgBio+AgTech for a meetup to hear about the next-gen plant science applications being built at NC State’s Plant Sciences Initiative (PSI).

Application Deadline: Carolina Challenge Pitch Party

October 23

On November 7, select student teams will get the opportunity to present their startup ideas to over 250 judges at the 2019 Carolina Challenge Pitch Party.

Capital Matters: Race, Gender & Entrepreneurship Conference

October 23-25 @Duke Fuqua School of Business

Duke University’s Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity presents a conference exploring racial and gender disparities in self-employment, business and investment. The Cook Center will also debut a major exhibit showcasing the history of Durham’s Black Wall Street.

Raleigh Chamber Networking 101

October 24, 8-9 a.m. @Raleigh Chamber

Raleigh Chamber is hosting an event to help local professionals build their networking skills. Frankel Staffing Partners President Rod Frankel will be there to share tips, techniques and methods for good networking.

Regional Transportation Alliance BRT Opportunity Series

October 24, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. @Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

At this event, local officials and stakeholders will discuss opportunities to improve bus rapid transit across the region and accelerate a variety of community goals.

Company Benefits: What Do They Say About Attracting & Retaining Top Talent

October 24, 11:30-1 p.m. @WeWork, One Glenwood

NC TECH is hosting a lunch and learn to educate local businesses about company benefits to retain and build their workforce.

5G: The Revolution Begins

October 24, 12-1 p.m. @HQ Raleigh

Join this lunch and learn to find out how Verizon is building 5G with ultra-fast speeds, ultra-low latency and massive capacity.

First Flight Venture Center Annual Pig Pickin’

October 24, 4-7 p.m. @First Flight Venture Center

This networking event is a good opportunity for entrepreneurs, investors and folks in the biotech community to get together and expand their network.

Designing for Change: Women in Entrepreneurship

October 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m. @1789 Venture Lab

UNC’s Eship Center and Innovate Carolina are hosting a design thinking workshop and panel discussion covering the issues women face in entrepreneurship and the workplace.

Women in Bio + Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Networking Event

October 24, 5:30-8:30 p.m. @4820 Emperor Blvd.

Women in Bio RTP and Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association RTP are holding their annual joint networking event this month. Join to meet women from both organizations and grow your network. Food and drink tickets provided.

NC State Entrepreneurship Brews & Reviews

October 25, 10-11 a.m. @NC State Partners I Building, Garage Classroom

NC State Entrepreneurship‘s “Brews & Reviews” program connects student entrepreneurs with industry partners, who can offer advice and answer questions about the startup growth process.

Triangle InfoSeCon

October 25 @Raleigh Convention Center

The Raleigh chapter of the Information System Security Association (ISSA) is hosting its annual conference covering all things infosec.

14th Annual Carolina Women in Business Conference

October 25 @UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Now in its 14th year, this student-run conference brings together UNC Chapel Hill MBA and undergraduate students, alumni and business leaders to connect and collaborate.

NCBiotech Jobs Network: Structured Networking

October 28, 12:30-2:30 p.m. @NCBiotech

This event, hosted by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, helps attendees practice and grow their networking skills and expand their professional networks.

Triangle Global Health Consortium Mentor Monday

October 28, 4-5 p.m.

This monthly webinar series hosts a global health professional who will share insights and advice for advancing your career. This month’s webinar features Dr. Stephanie Watson-Grant, director of field operations for MEASURE Evaluation.

NextEd Labs Launch Celebration

October 28, 6-8 p.m. @The Bullpen

Join the Triangle EdTech Meetup in celebrating the launch of NextEd Labs, a program that aims to build stronger connections between schools and private sector education entrepreneurs. Drinks and light snacks provided.

Bull City Biotech Summit

October 29, 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. @NCBiotech

The third annual Bull City Biotech Summit will explore opportunities to develop and retain skilled talent in Durham’s life science industry.

Fidelity Investments Speaker Series: Evolving Cyber Threat Landscape

October 29, 6:30 p.m. @NC State Engineering Building 2

Fidelity Investments is hosting a cybersecurity readiness workshop with Pablo Martinez, head of cyber operations at Fidelity.

Midtown Techies: Meet Your Neighbors in Tech

October 29, 7-9 p.m. @Fox and Hound

Bring your ideas and opinions to the next Midtown Techies meetup. Events are held on the last Tuesday of every month.

IEEE Workshop on Wide Bandgap Power Devices & Applications

October 29-31 @StateView Hotel

This program is a space for device scientists, circuit designers and application engineers from the Power Electronics & Electron Devices Societies to share technology updates, research findings, experience and potential applications.

Executive Speaker Series: The State of Venture Capital

October 30, 8-9:30 a.m. @The Frontier

At this event, a panel of local investors will discuss the state of the VC industry in the Triangle. The speakers are: David Jones of Bull City Ventures, Zack Mansfield of Signature Bank’s Venture Banking Group, Tim McLoughlin of Cofounder’s Capital, Rik Vandevenne of River Cities Capital Fund and Rob Tyler of Manning, Fulton & Skinner (moderator). Breakfast will be provided.

Cary Chamber Business Expo

October 30, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. @Prestonwood Country Club

Cary Chamber’s Business Expo is a showcase of around 100 member companies. Tickets are free.

RTCC Cleantech Connect Career Fair (Fall 2019)

October 30, 4-7 p.m. @McKimmon Center

Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster‘s Cleantech Connect Career Fair connects employers in the cleantech and energy industry with hundreds of students and professionals who are seeking jobs in this field.

Recruiting Technical Talent

October 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m. @HQ Raleigh

Tech Talent South Raleigh is hosting a workshop on how developers can remain competitive in a high-demand job market.

Non-Profit Webinar Series: Grant Writing 102

October 30, 6-8 p.m.

Join this webinar to learn how to craft a grant proposal to boost your nonprofit’s funding efforts.





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