Plenty of technology and life science events and deadlines are on tap for March, and we suggest you pencil them into your calendar soon.

If you’re interested in events coming up in the immediate future, check out our two-part list of:

Also, check out our list of over 140 meetups in the Triangle.

These columns accompany our interactive calendar, along with a comprehensive resource package for startups in the Triangle.

Keeping up with WRAL TechWire’s continued initiative to track events happening across North Carolina, here’s a look at what’s to come in March:

Women in Data Science Raleigh

March 2, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. @Insight

The Women In Tech Allies meetup is hosting a livestream of this year’s Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference. Join to network and watch talks from the event.

Application Deadline: IdeaFest Pitch Competition

March 2

At The Launch Place’s 7th annual IdeaFest on April 2, a group of 20 startups will get to present their pitches to a live audience and panel of judges, competing for a total of $10,000 in prizes.

Application Deadline: NC IDEA SEED Grant

March 2

NC IDEA is seeking applicants for its upcoming spring 2020 SEED grant program, which offers a select group of early-stage startups $50,000 in funding for validating target markets, growing and scaling before they seek future investments. Recipients will also receive mentorship from NC IDEA and access to its network.

Application Deadline: NC IDEA MICRO Grant

March 2

NC IDEA is seeking applicants for its upcoming spring 2020 MICRO grant program, which offers funding of up to $10,000 for early-stage companies seeking to validate and further develop their ideas. Recipients will also receive mentorship from NC IDEA and access to its network.

PharmSci 2020

March 3, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. @The Rizzo Center

This conference will feature keynotes, presentations and discussions on how open science is impacting medical research and drug discovery.

Code for Durham: Civic Hacking Session

March 3, 5:30-8:30 p.m. @Caktus Group

Code for Durham brings together technologists, designers, developers, data scientists, map makers and activists to collaborate on civic technology projects. Meetings are held every two weeks on Tuesdays. Pizza will be provided.

1 Million Cups Lake Norman

March 4, 7:30-9 a.m. @Hurt Hub @Davidson

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 CLT

March 4, 8:30-10 a.m.

Held every month, 1 Million Cups Charlotte features a presentation from a local startup followed by a Q&A from the community. Free coffee is included.

1 Million Cups RTP

March 4, 9-10 a.m. @American Underground (@Blackwell) 

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.

1 Million Cups Asheville

March 4, 9-10 a.m. @Archetype Brewing

Asheville’s startup community meets weekly to hear presentations and support one another in continuing to grow.

1 Million Cups Wilmington

March 4, 9-10 a.m. @UNCW Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center

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

Webinar: VR/AR for Life Science Professionals

March 4, 11 a.m.

In this webinar, Lucid Dream Director of Business Development Christophe Lafargue will discuss how life science industry leaders are using VR and AR technologies for medical and scientific storytelling, patient and provider education, and simulation-based training.

Lunch & Learn: How to Get Funding for Your Startup

March 4, 12-1 p.m. @HQ Raleigh

At this lunch and learn, The Launch Place President & CEO Eva Doss will share insights on how startups can get funded, including the best way to approach an investor, developing a pitch deck and being well-positioned for due-diligence.

Smart Series: Turn Networking into Sales; Quanitify Your ROI

March 4, 12-1 p.m. @Asheville Chamber of Commerce

Asheville Chamber of Commerce is hosting an interactive workshop on how business owners can turn their networking efforts into sales, led by Roger Slagle, CPA, of Mars Hill University. Lunch will be provided.

2020 Capital Connects

March 4, 4-8:30 p.m. @Union Square

This event will feature eight-minute pitches from several local startups, competing for a $7,500 award package.

Bunker Labs Wilmington: Speed Networking

March 4, 5:30-7 p.m. @Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Bunker Labs Wilmington is hosting a speed networking event with the local business community.

Think Like a Digital Designer: Unplugged

March 4, 6-8 p.m. @Optum

In this workshop, students will learn how researchers, designers and developers use design thinking to create digital experiences like the ones in their favorite apps.

Ellevate Charlotte: Sip & See (Matthews)

March 4, 6-8 p.m. @Black Chicken Wine Cellar

The Charlotte chapter of the Ellevate network is hosting a casual social for both members and non-members in Matthews.

Grow with Google Marketing Summit

March 5, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. @Bakery 105

Wilmington Chamber and Grow with Google are teaming up to host a half-day summit focused on all the ways businesses can reach more customers with Google’s suite of marketing tools. Breakfast will be served.

2020 NC STIR Briefing (Wilmington)

March 5, 3:30-6 p.m. @Ironclad Brewery

At this event, NC TECH will release its sixth annual State of Technology Industry Report and Tech Directory, capturing North Carolina’s tech sector and including a directory of all NC TECH members.

Larger Than Life Science

March 5, 4-7 p.m. @The Chesterfield

Meet fellow entrepreneurs, get tips on growing your company and network with members of the life science community at Larger Than Life Science, a free event presented by LaunchBio.

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Venture Café Thursday Gathering

March 5, 5-8 p.m. @Bailey Power Plant

Held on a weekly basis, this Venture Café event series provides all sorts of programming for Piedmont Triad entrepreneurs and innovators. Every Thursday evening, the community gathers for networking, panel talks, workshops, presentations, product demos, interviews, and more.

Founder’s Workshop: Vision & Growth by Fourscore Business Law

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

Fourscore Business Law is hosting a workshop where entrepreneurs can learn how to create core values for their business, prioritize team strengths and deal with the challenges of equity allocations and compensation. Speakers include Allen Cobb of 7Q7P, Lauren McGhee of Human Capital Solutions and members of the Fourscore team. 100% of ticket sales will be donated to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC.

Alternative Investments Conference

March 5 @The Carolina Inn

UNC’s annual Alternative Investments Conference a forum for investment managers, institutional investors and academics to network, share ideas and stay updated on the latest industry trends.

Get2Know NC TECH Webinar

March 6, 9-9:30 a.m.

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

Open Data Day

March 6, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. @Wake Tech RTP Campus

Join NC Open Pass to celebrate International Open Data Day with programming and projects.

HQ Raleigh Happy Hour: Founders & Families

March 6, 4-6 p.m. @HQ Raleigh

HQ Raleigh’s March happy hour will be centered around founders and their families, and having a healthy work-life balance.

UNC Institute for Private Capital Spring Research Symposium

March 6

Following the Alternative Investments Conference, UNC’s Institute for Private Capital will host a symposium bringing together academics and industry leaders to discuss new and forthcoming research on alternative asset classes.

Lunch & Learn: Breaking Down IoT ‘Plug and Play’

March 10, 12-1 p.m. @Launch Factory

Join Device Solutions Director of Product Technology Strategy Tony Sammarco for a lunch-and-learn on how the many components of an IoT solution must interwork to realize a sound ROI.

Triangle Biotech Tuesday

March 10, 5:15-7:30 p.m. @5 Laboratory Drive

Triangle Biotech Tuesday is a monthly meetup that connects scientific professionals across the RTP/greater Triangle area. Join for food, drinks and networking with professionals from different industries. The group meets on the second Tuesday of every month.

Code for Chapel Hill

March 10, 6-8 p.m. @Town of Chapel Hill

Join the Code for Chapel Hill meetup to network with like-minded individuals and work on civic hacking projects. Meetings are held every two weeks on Tuesdays.

1 Million Cups Lake Norman

March 11, 7:30-9 a.m. @Hurt Hub @Davidson

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.

Charlotte PitchBreakfast

March 11, 8-10 a.m. @The Garage at Packard Place

Every month, a handful of Queen City-based companies headline Charlotte 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.

1 Million Cups RTP

March 11, 9-10 a.m. @American Underground (@Blackwell) 

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.

1 Million Cups Wilmington

March 11, 9-10 a.m. @UNCW Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center

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

1 Million Cups Asheville

March 11, 9-10 a.m. @Archetype Brewing

Asheville’s startup community meets weekly to hear presentations and support one another in continuing to grow.

Collider Open House

March 11, 4:30-6:30 p.m. @The Collider

The Collider is hosting an open house to celebrate its fourth birthday. Join to learn more about the organization, its members and its work advancing climate innovation.

Atlantic Region Muster Across America Tour

March 12, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. @MetLife GTO, Cary

This annual program convenes hundreds of attendees for a day of business pitches, keynotes, networking, breakouts and a marketplace featuring veteran-led startups and veteran entrepreneurs.

Asheville Chamber Mega Networking

March 12, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. @Holiday Inn Biltmore West

Asheville Chamber’s Mega Networking event is a “round-robin”-style experience where attendees can meet face-to-face with business prospects in a fast-paced networking environment.

Venture Café Thursday Gathering

March 12, 5-8 p.m. @Bailey Power Plant

Held on a weekly basis, this Venture Café event series provides all sorts of programming for Piedmont Triad entrepreneurs and innovators. Every Thursday evening, the community gathers for networking, panel talks, workshops, presentations, product demos, interviews, and more.

Triangle Innovation Hub ‘Meet Me There’ Networking

March 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m. @Loading Dock Raleigh

Lithios Apps and Innovate Raleigh are hosting a networking event where innovators and entrepreneurs, students, mentors and investors can join to network and learn about the resources available within the local startup ecosystem.

Ellevate Charlotte: Sip & See (Southpark)

March 12, 6-8 p.m. @Rooster’s Southpark

The Charlotte chapter of the Ellevate network is hosting a casual social for both members and non-members.

Ellevate Charlotte: Sip & See (Cornelius)

March 12, 6-8 p.m. @D9 Brewing Company

The Charlotte chapter of the Ellevate network is hosting a casual social for both members and non-members in Cornelius.

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Triangle Tech Net

March 13, 7-10 a.m. @Family Legacy Financial Solutions

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

2020 Diversity + Inclusion Summit

March 13, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. @Sheraton Imperial Hotel

NC TECH’s Diversity + Inclusion Summit will bring together C-level executives, D + I professionals and organizational leaders to discuss the benefits of a diverse workplace.

Application Deadline: Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Project Funding

March 13

Cleantech innovators with solutions for reducing transportation-related emissions are encouraged to apply for the latest round of funding allocations ($1.4 million) under the Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project, funded by the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality program of the NC Department of Transportation.

Opportunities 2020

March 15, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. @Renaissance Asheville Hotel

This event is an opportunity for local small businesses to learn how they can market their products/services to federal, state and local government agencies and contractors.

Triangle Global Health Leadership Forum

March 17, 4:30-7 p.m. @RTI International

At this event, local health experts and professionals can join to discuss topics impacting the global and public health sectors. This month’s topic is “Women in Global Health Leadership.”

Code for Durham: Civic Hacking Session

March 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m. @Caktus Group

Code for Durham brings together technologists, designers, developers, data scientists, map makers and activists to collaborate on civic technology projects. Meetings are held every two weeks on Tuesdays. Pizza will be provided.

Ice House Facilitator Training

March 17-19 (Durham/RTP area)

NC IDEA’s three-day Ice House Facilitator Training provides education and insight on the entrepreneurial mindset to innovators who want to solve complex problems.

CED Venture Connect Summit

March 17-19 @Raleigh Convention Center

Join the Council for Entrepreneurial Development, along with entrepreneurs, seasoned experts and investors for three days of valuable content and connections within the tech and life sciences ecosystems. More TechWire coverage here.

1 Million Cups Lake Norman

March 18, 7:30-9 a.m. @Hurt Hub @Davidson

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 RTP

March 18, 9-10 a.m. @American Underground (@Blackwell) 

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.

1 Million Cups Wilmington

March 18, 9-10 a.m. @UNCW Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center

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

1 Million Cups Asheville

March 18, 9-10 a.m. @Archetype Brewing

Asheville’s startup community meets weekly to hear presentations and support one another in continuing to grow.

Packard Place Public House

March 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m. @Packard Place

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

WomanUP Workshop: Success While Keeping Life in Balance

March 19, 8-11 a.m. @Crowne Plaza Resort, Expo Center

Asheville Chamber of Commerce’s next WomanUP Workshop will focus on work-life balance, featuring speakers Leah Wong Ashburn of Highland Brewing Company, Jennifer Pharr Davis of Blue Ridge Hiking Company, Cristina Hall Ackley of Ginger’s Revenge and Libby Kyles of YWCA Asheville.

AMA Triangle: 10 Marketing Lessons from the Pendo Journey

March 19, 8:30-10:30 a.m. @Brier Creek Country Club

In this workshop, Pendo CMO Jake Sorofman will share insights on how and when to hire, how to measure impact, scale budgets and programs, how to balance brand and demand, and more.

2020 Lead Your City

March 19, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. @UNCG, Elliot University Center

This annual event helps young professionals grow their leadership skills, build on their ideas, serve their community and connect their network. Morgan Radford, Greensboro native and network correspondent for NBC News, will be the keynote speaker.

How Digital Transformation Can Drive the Best Customer Experience

March 19, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. @The Frontier

Join Zendesk for this lunch & learn to hear how your organization can improve its customer experience (CX) strategy.

Venture Café Thursday Gathering

March 19, 5-8 p.m. @Bailey Power Plant

Held on a weekly basis, this Venture Café event series provides all sorts of programming for Piedmont Triad entrepreneurs and innovators. Every Thursday evening, the community gathers for networking, panel talks, workshops, presentations, product demos, interviews, and more.

Panel: Data Science Hype vs. Reality

March 19, 5:30-8 p.m. @Validic

The Women in Tech Allies meetup is hosting a panel with data scientists speaking about the hype in the data science industry today, particularly with related to AI, maching learning and deep learning.

Entrepreneurs Lab with Al Mask & John Chisholm

March 24, 3:30-6:20 p.m. @McColl Building

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Entrepreneurs Lab series features lectures revealing the secrets behind successful entrepreneurs. Al Mask and John Chisholm will speak this week.

Ethical Tech: The Next Wave in Social Activism

March 24, 5:30-8 p.m. @Flywheel Coworking

Startup Grind Winston-Salem is hosting a talk with Dualboot Partners Co-Founder Todd Buelow on the societal impact of technology.

Code for Chapel Hill

March 24, 6-8 p.m. @Town of Chapel Hill

Join the Code for Chapel Hill meetup to network with like-minded individuals and work on civic hacking projects. Meetings are held every two weeks on Tuesdays.

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Application Deadline: CSBDF Innovator’s Journey Program

March 24

Presented by the Carolina Small Business Development Fund, the Innovator’s Journey Program helps business owners to gain access to capital and contract opportunities to grow their companies. Applications for the Johnson C. Smith University location close on March 24.

1 Million Cups Lake Norman

March 25, 7:30-9 a.m. @Hurt Hub @Davidson

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 Asheville

March 25, 9-10 a.m. @Archetype Brewing

Asheville’s startup community meets weekly to hear presentations and support one another in continuing to grow.

1 Million Cups RTP

March 25, 9-10 a.m. @American Underground (@Blackwell) 

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.

1 Million Cups Wilmington

March 25, 9-10 a.m. @UNCW Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center

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

Wake Tech Business & Computer Technologies Career Fair

March 25, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. @Wake Tech South Campus, Student Services Building Conference Center

This career fair is an opportunity for Wake Technical Community College students to grow their network and meet local employers. The event is open to current curriculum students in Wake Tech’s Business, Computer Science and Digital Arts, Networking and Computer Technologies programs.

Application Deadline: CSBDF Innovator’s Journey Program

March 25

Presented by the Carolina Small Business Development Fund, the Innovator’s Journey Program helps business owners to gain access to capital and contract opportunities to grow their companies. Applications for the Livingstone College location close on March 25.

Skookum Volcano Tour

March 26, 12-1 p.m. @Skookum Charlotte

Join an open tour of the Skookum office to get an introduction to the tech and ideas powering the community. The Skookum team will be available for any questions or comments participants may have. Lunch will be provided.

Venture Café Thursday Gathering

March 26, 5-8 p.m. @Bailey Power Plant

Held on a weekly basis, this Venture Café event series provides all sorts of programming for Piedmont Triad entrepreneurs and innovators. Every Thursday evening, the community gathers for networking, panel talks, workshops, presentations, product demos, interviews, and more.

Triangle Tech Net

March 27, 7-10 a.m. @Family Legacy Financial Solutions

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

Tech Job Fair: Charlotte

March 27, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. @NOAH’s Event Venue

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

RIoT Developer Day 2020

March 27, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. @Wake Tech Community College (RTP Campus)

This full-day event includes several hands-on workshops and tech talks. Tickets are free.

Conscientious Capitalism: Labor Trafficking & Supply Chains

March 27, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. @Kenan Center

This free, half-day symposium brings together both national and North Carolina-based C-suite executives, government officials and non-profit leaders to examine how labor trafficking manifests in global supply chains and in those of local businesses in North Carolina.

Techstars Startup Weekend Wilmington

March 27-29 @UNCW Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

During this immersive Startup Weekend experience presented by Techstars, Wilmington-based developers, designers, marketers, students and innovators can collaborate together in teams to start their own projects and pitch their ideas to the audience for feedback.

NC Chamber 78th Annual Meeting

March 31, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. @Marriott Raleigh City Center

North Carolina Chamber’s 78th annual meeting will center around the theme, “2020 Playbook: Keeping NC First in Business,” with talks and keynotes focused on strategies to uplift the business climate state-wide.

Code for Durham: Civic Hacking Session

March 31, 5:30-8:30 p.m. @Caktus Group

Code for Durham brings together technologists, designers, developers, data scientists, map makers and activists to collaborate on civic technology projects. Meetings are held every two weeks on Tuesdays. Pizza will be provided.

SEED20 OnStage

March 31, 5:30-10 p.m. @Knight Theater

Social Venture Partners’ annual SEED20 program features innovative ideas that are designed to tackle the most pressing social challenges in the region. Up to 10 finalists will compete for cash prizes and present their pitches to a live audience and panel of judges.

2020 FREEDM Research Symposium

March 31 – April 2 @Hunt Library, NCSU Centennial Campus

Join researchers and academics, students and industry representatives at FREEDM Systems Center‘s annual symposium for keynote presentations, updates on FREEDM research and technical tutorials. 

Downtown Techies Happy Hours @Midtown

March 31, 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.

Application Deadline: 2020 New Ventures Accelerator

March 31

New Ventures is currently accepting applicants for its latest accelerator cohort. Companies accepted into the three-month program receive a residency at Flywheel Coworking, acceptance into Winston Starts’ Explore Program, mentorship, and access to top investors in the Triad and beyond. The accelerator culminates in a competition where an average of $50,000 in funding is awarded per startup.





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