Visits from tech entrepreneurs/investors Brad Feld and Chris Sacca as well as the third annual Innovatours event from Innovate Raleigh are among the many upcoming highlights on the Triangle region tech calendar.

  • HQ Raleigh events

HQ Raleigh, HQ Charlotte at Packard Place, and the Charlotte Entrepreneurial Alliance welcome two national speakers to North Carolina, HQ says.

On May 16, Chris Sacca will visit Raleigh for a Fireside Chat moderated by Brooks Bell, entrepreneur and co-founder of the growing startup workspace, HQ Raleigh.

An accomplished venture investor and entrepreneur, Sacca manages a portfolio of over 80 technology start-ups and mature enterprises through Lowercase Capital, one of the larger venture funds in the US known for early investments in Twitter, Uber, Instagram, and Kickstarter. Prior to starting Lowercase, Sacca was Head of Special Initiatives at Google Inc., where he founded and headed up Google’s Access division. Doors open at 1:30 and the talk begins at 2 pm at CAM Raleigh.

On June 1, Brad Feld, Managing Director of Foundry Group, will be in Charlotte to discuss Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. This is a rare appearance by Feld, who ceased business travel for a year in 2013-2014, and has been selective in his travel since then. Prior to co-founding Boulder, Colorado-based Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and Intensity Ventures. Feld is also a co-founder of Techstars and the author of Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City. His talk immediately follows the Queen City FinTech Demo Day and is hosted in partnership with the Charlotte Entrepreneurial Alliance.

To register for the Raleigh event, visit:

To register for the Charlotte event, visit:

  • Innovatours

The third annual Innovatours is May 20-22.

“We’re packing two pop-up marketplaces with 65 businesses, bars, music + interactive stops set to wow you. Plus, take a walk on our star studded, curated map of brick + mortar businesses, as well as co-working spaces that will have their doors open + ready to welcome you,” Innovate Raleigh says.

“It’ll be a choose your own adventure First Friday like you’ve always dreamed. Plus, an added bonus, if you register for Innovatours by May 13th, you’ll be automatically entered to win 2 general admission passes to MoogFest.

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Other events

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


  • Planning Ahead for a Global Patent Strategy – Tuesday, May 10th at 4:30pm at NC Biotech Center
  • Inspiring Capital: Women’s Re-Inspiration Preview Day – Wednesday, May 11th at 9:30am at The Frontier
  • VentureHacked: Speed Investing & Lessons Learned – Wednesday, May 11th at 7:00pm at HQ Raleigh (Use code ‘cityofraleigh’ for discount)
  • Smart Series: National Security and the Grid of the Future – Thursday, May 12th at 8:00am at RTCC
  • 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
  • Fireside Chat w/ Chris Sacca (Lowercase Capital) – Monday, May 16th at 1:30pm at CAM Raleigh
  • Exit Event: The Startup Social – Monday, May 16th at 6:00pm at The Cary
  • 2016 State of the Research Triangle Region – Thursday, May 19th at 7:30am at Sheraton Imperial
  • 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
  • Moogfest’s Future Cities Panel – Thursday, May 19th at 4:00pm at Carolina Theater
  • Big Top @ Moogfest – Friday, May 20th at 5:00pm at Bull McCabes
  • TBJ Life Science Awards – Thursday, May 26th at 11:30am at The Umstead
  • Triangle Food Makers – Thursday, May 26th at 5:00pm at HQ Raleigh
  • ThinkHouse Accelerator – Applications Now Open! Ending May 31st

June and beyond

  • Innovate Raleigh’s 3rd Annual Innovatours – Friday, June 3rd at 5:00pm in Downtown Raleigh
  • Ignite: A VAE Creativity Summit – June 3rd-4th at Warehouse District (Downtown Raleigh)
  • RIoT X: Sports | Health | Fitness – Tuesday, June 7th at 6:00pm at Durham Bulls Stadium
  • Tech Talent South Course: Newsletter Wizardry – Saturday, June 11th, 8:00am to 5:00pm at The Nest
  • Smart Cities Innovation Summit 2016 – June 13th-15th in Austin, TX
  • New Kind: The Power of Story w/ Jonathan Opp – Wednesday, June 15th at 8:30am at CAM Raleigh
  • Triangle Tech Breakfast – Thursday, June 16th at 8:00am at Hunt Library
  • Startup Grind hosts Eric Koester (Next Gen Ventures) – Thursday, June 16th at 6:00pm at AU @Main
  • TBJ 40 Under 40 Awards – Friday, June 24th at 11:30am at Marriott Crabtree
  • Exit Event: The Startup Social – Monday, July 18th at 6:00pm at The Nest
  • Startup Grind hosts Scot Wingo (Channel Advisor) – Thursday, July 21st at 6:00pm at Channel Advisor
  • 5th Annual Innovate Raleigh Summit – Thursday, August 25th at 5:00pm in Downtown Raleigh
  • All Things Open 2016 – October 26th-27th at Raleigh Convention Center

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