Three events from Startup Grind Triangle feature two successful entrepreneurs and an investor. Plus, don’t forget WRAL TechWire’s “Full Steam Ahead Awards” party on April 26.

The Startup Grind events:

Thursday, April 21

James Avery, Adzerk

James Avery is the Founder and CEO of Adzerk. Adzerk is an API-based ad server that provides the infrastructure for publishers, communities, marketplaces, and utilities to customize and scale advertising. Previously, James founded TekPub (sold to PluralSite), The Lounge (sold to Code Project), and Ruby Row (sold to CarbonAds)

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Thursday, May 19

Cindy Whitehead, Sprout Pharma (Sold) and The Pink Ceiling

A serial entrepreneur, Cindy has started and sold two Raleigh based pharmaceutical companies. Most recently she co-founded and was CEO of Sprout Pharmaceuticals which broke through with the first ever FDA approved drug for low sexual desire in women. Following that approval, she sold the company for $1B upfront + future milestones to Valeant pharmaceuticals. Today through her new company, The Pink Ceiling, Cindy advises and invests in other businesses bringing focus or breaking through on women’s issues.
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Thursday, June 16

Eric Koester, Next Gen Venture Partners

Eric is a partner at Next Gen Ventures where they invest in early stage technology companies. Prior to NextGen, Eric co-founded Main Street Genome and, with investors including Floodgate, Kleiner Perkins, and CrunchFund. He currently lectures on entrepreneurship at Georgetown. Eric also holds at JD from George Washington University.

Full Steam Ahead Awards

The WRAL TechWire Full Steam Ahead Awards party is April 26 in Durham.


Other events

Here’s a list of local events as compiled by our friends at Innovate Raleigh:


April and beyond

  • ACG 2016 Capital Conference – April 4th & 5th at Embassy Suites (Cary)
  • Women in Business Awards & Showcase – Monday, April 4th at 11:00am at Marriott City Center
  • How to Start a Business in North Carolina – Thursday, April 7th at 10:00am at AU @Main
  • EnviroTech Summit – April 10th-11th at CAM Raleigh
  • Tech Talent South: Kids Code (FREE) – Starts April 12th at HQ Raleigh
  • Patent Searching for Entrepreneurs – Wednesday, April 13th at 8:00am at Duke IEI
  • Inaugural InnovateEDU Summit – Wednesday, April 13th at 9:00am at NC Museum of History (SOLD OUT)
  • InnovateEDU: College Edition – Wednesday, April 13th at 4:00pm at Shaw University
  • RTP 180: Women in Tech – Thursday, April 14th at 5:00pm at The Frontier
  • Lulu eGames Pitch & Awards Ceremony – Thursday, April 14th at 4:00pm at TBD
  • ProductCampRTP Spring Unconference – Saturday, April 16th, 9am to 5pm, at Metlife
  • 15th Annual Charlotte Venture Challenge – Tuesday, April 19th at NC Research Campus
  • Triangle Tech Breakfast – Thursday, April 21st at 8:00am at Hunt Library
  • Startup Grind Raleigh hosts James Avery – Thursday, April 21st at 6:00pm at HQ Raleigh
  • WTW’s Full Steam Ahead Awards, in Durham
  • Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs: Mentoring – Tuesday, April 26th at 3:30pm at HQ Raleigh
  • DIG South – April 26th-28th in Charleston, SC
  • Women in Tech Conference – Saturday, April 30th at McKimmon Center

May and beyond

  • VentureHacked: Speed Investing & Lessons Learned – Wednesday, May 11th at 7:00pm at HQ Raleigh
  • Game UX Summit hosted by Epic Games – Thursday, May 12th at Durham Convention Center
  • Band Together: Main Event – Saturday, May 14th at Red Hat Amphitheater
  • Triangle Tech Breakfast – Thursday, May 19th at 8:00am at RTP HQ
  • Startup Grind hosts Cindy Whitehead (Sprout Pharma) – Thursday, May 19th at 6:00pm at Alexandria Real Estate HQ
  • Moogfest 2016 – May 19th-22nd in Downtown Durham
  • 3rd Annual Innovatours – Friday, June 3rd at 5:00pm in Downtown Raleigh
  • Triangle Tech Breakfast – Thursday, June 16th at 8:00am at Hunt Library
  • 5th Annual Innovate Raleigh Summit – Thursday, August 25th at 5:00pm in Downtown Raleigh

Recurring Startup Events (join these meetups for regular updates):

  • 1 Million Cups:
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  • ACM Raleigh: (New Group)
  • Apache Apex (Native Hadoop)- Raleigh Chapter: (New Group)
  • AWS Raleigh: (New Group)
  • Big Data Developers:
  • BMES RTP Industry Chapter: (New Group)
  • GirlDevelopIt RDU:
  • Hackster IoT Meetup – Raleigh: (New Group)
  • Health 2.0 NC Triangle:
  • Intent – A UI/UX Design Meetup:
  • Internet Marketing Mastermind Group:
  • Lean Startup Circle RTP:
  • NC’s Regional Internet of Things:
  • NC Tech4Good:
  • NC Triangle Android Meetup:
  • NC Triangle Crowdfunders Meetup:
  • North Carolina Startup: Idea to IPO:
  • Project Falcon – Sharing Web Development Approaches: (New Group)
  • PyData Triangle: (New Group)
  • Raleigh Building Agile Clouds w/ Open Stack:
  • Raleigh-Durham Web Design Meetup:
  • Raleigh DevOps Networking Meetup:
  • Raleigh/Durham PowerBI User Group: (New Group)
  • Raleigh Epic Mastermind Meetup:
  • Raleigh Independent Game Developers:
  • Raleigh Popup Coworking Group:
  • Raleigh Software Development Meetup:
  • Raleigh Solopreneur Lunch Meetup:
  • Refresh the Triangle:
  • Research Triangle Analysts:
  • Research Triangle EdTech Meetup:
  • RTP 180:
  • RTP New Tech:
  • RTP AI-Machine Learning Meetup:
  • Stacked! Building Better Developers:
  • Stacki Durham: (New Group)
  • SW Wake Small Business Owners Meetup: (New Group)
  • Tech Talent South:
  • The Nest: (New Group)
  • Triangle AAUGA:
  • Triangle Area Mesos User Group: (New Group)
  • Triangle Bitcoin Meetup:
  • Triangle Bluemix (IBM) Meetup Group:
  • Triangle Code for America:
  • Triangle Cocoa: Mac & iOS Development Meetups:
  • Triangle Clojure Users Group:
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  • Triangle Ember:
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  • Triangle iMeetup: (New Group)
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  • Triangle Kubernetes Meetup: (New Group)
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  • Triangle Venture Hacked – Get Funded: (New Group)
  • Triangle Zoho User Group: (New Group)
  • TriPython Meetup: