As the record high summer heat subsides and fall settles in on North Carolina, so comes a flurry of events for the entrepreneurial community across the Triangle.

This fall’s calendar represents a diverse mix of subject matter and fun for attendees—from annual conferences and summits to free coding classes, community workshops and a film screening. There are also some important  application deadlines for programs to help startups grow their businesses.

Below is a listing of what’s on tap for the next few months, starting this weekend and lasting through November. They’re ordered by date and category.

(To submit an event to ExitEvent’s community calendar, visit this page and click “add an event.”)


Civic Spark Day

Location: Caktus Group in Durham
Price: $5
Date: August 12, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Host/Organizer: Code for Durham
About: Participants collaborate and brainstorm to form creative, technology-infused solutions to everyday problems they face in their communities. The ideas developed during this event will inform future Code for Durham projects. Civic Spark Day welcomes folks of all skill sets and experience levels—you don’t have to be a programmer to participate.

Augmentality Labs VR Arcade

Location: American Underground @Main in Durham
Date: August 14, 6 – 8 p.m.
Host/Organizer: RTPVR
About: As its name suggests, Augmentality Labs is a virtual reality-based gaming arcade in downtown Durham. The space houses six 100-square-foot gaming stations, each equipped with a HTC Vive, for both single- and/or multi-player use. Stations can be booked beforehand for attendees, and everyone is welcome to demo their own technology at the Arcade (provided that they bring VR headsets to present).

CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap Film Screening

Location: The Frontier at Research Triangle Park
Date: August 29, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Host/Organizer: Research Triangle Park
About: RTP is offering a complimentary screening of “Code: Debugging the Gender Gap,” a documentary about the lack of female and minority software engineers in the U.S. workforce. The film examines what’s behind the gap and comes up with solutions on how to close it. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Big Top 16: Reverse Job Fair + Networking Event (Hosted by us!)

Location: The Frontier at Research Triangle Park
Date: August 29, 6-8 p.m.
Host/Organizer: ExitEvent
About: Big Top is a free networking event that helps technology-based companies, organizations and motivated jobseekers connect in a unique, fun and powerful way. What is unique is a circus-themed event where motivated hiring managers pitch a room full of talented individuals. What is powerful is equally passionate individuals and hiring managers getting to know each other without being stuck in online resume hell.

Entrepalooza 2017

Location: NCSU Centennial Campus
Date: September 7, 5:30-8 p.m.
Host/Organizer: NC State Entrepreneurship Initiative
About: NC State’s third annual Entrepalooza celebrates the university’s community of entrepreneurs and innovators, featuring an interactive showcase of technology developed by alumni, students and partners. The event includes a pitch competition, offering 15 student presenters a chance to win $1,000 to help launch their ventures. The event is free and open to the public.

Mentor Up

Location: RTP Headquarters
Price: $15
Date: September 29, 8-10:30 a.m.
Host/Organizer: Research Triangle Park
About: Attendees can hear career advancement advice and helpful industry tips at a morning full of “speed mentoring” from the woman who “make RTP what it is.” The event includes advice-based, 10-minute sessions with mentors of attendees’ choice.

HackDuke 2017

Location: CIEMAS (Fitzpatrick Center), Duke University
Date: October 28-29
Host/Organizer: Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative
About: Duke University’s annual student hackathon always focuses on the theme, #CodeforGood. Its goal is to promote social good with the power of technology, targeting four project tracks: inequality, energy and environment, health and wellness, and education.


SalesJam 4.0 (Hosted by us!)

Location: Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Date: August 18, 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Price: $49-$99
Host/Organizer: ExitEvent
About: Join us for SalesJam 4.0, a half-day sales training event that is sure to be fun, inspiring and educational. We’ll give attendees access to some of the most successful local sales leaders and entrepreneurs, as well as best practices and marching orders for the days and weeks that follow.

CED Tech Venture Conference 2017

Location: Raleigh Convention Center
Price*: $325-$650 regular registration, $375-$725 on-site
Date: September 19-20
Host/Organizer: The Council for Entrepreneurial Development
About: The much-anticipated CED Tech Venture Conference garners a turnout of 800+ entrepreneurs, investors, corporate leaders and industry experts from across the U.S. each year. The 33rd conference will feature speakers and panelists like Techstars Founder David Cohen, Sierra Ventures’ Mark Fernandes and Alex Estevez of Accel Partners. (Full lineup to be announced soon.) The conference will also showcase more than 100 emerging and growth-stage startups from North Carolina and surrounding states.
(*Tickets are $75 off if you register before August 24.)

Muster RDU 2017

Location: MetLife Global Technology Campus in Cary
Date: September 21, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Host/Organizer: Bunker Labs RDU
About: The annual Muster RDU brings together hundreds of veteran founders and a group of corporate partners for a day of events to celebrate veteran entrepreneurship. Programming includes an “Idea Lab” featuring talks and panels with political, military and business leaders, a “Pitch Stage” where entrepreneurs compete for the “top performing veteran-led startup” title, as well as a marketplace showcasing opportunities, programs, products and services for the veteran community. There’s also a post-event networking reception. 2017 speakers include former NFL player and current Ogden Speaking Academy CEO Marques Ogden, Grunt Style and Alpha Outpost CEO Daniel Alarik, and Larry Hall, secretary of the NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

Startup Grind Triangle’s 1st Annual Tech Conference

Location: Cary Arts Center
Price: $85-200
Date: October 11, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Host/Organizer: Startup Grind Triangle
About: The local chapter of Startup Grind is debuting its first annual regional conference featuring the Triangle’s community of entrepreneurs and investors, plus a couple of names from outside the area. More than 20 speakers, including PriceLine Founder Jeff Hoffman and bestselling author Cal Fussman, will share lessons and insights about building successful startups to an audience of 100+ startups and 300 founders and investors.

All Things Open 2017

Location: Raleigh Convention Center
Price: $49-$149*
Date: October 23-24
Host/Organizer: All Things Open
About: This annual conference draws developers, tech experts and decision-makers from around the world for two days of exploring open source, open tech and the open web in the enterprise. All Things Open 2017 will feature 200 speakers and sessions, 10 keynotes and multiple tracks including gaming, security, FinTech/FinServ and Linux. The event also hosts workshop sessions covering topics such as “Turning Your Open Source Project Into a Product,” “Nativescript 101,” “FLOSS Desktops for Kids,” and more.
*Early bird prices are available.

The Women in Tech Summit 2017

Location: The Frontier at Research Triangle Park
Price: $40-$100
Date: November 11
Host/Organizer: Women in Tech Summit
About: Designed to inspire, educate and connect women in the technology sector, The Women in Tech Summit provides attendees of all career levels with in-depth, hands-on workshops, discussions and networking surrounding the aspects, challenges and joys of having a career in technology. Profits from the summit go toward supporting and its mission to close the gender gap in tech occupations.

Internet Summit 2017

Location: Raleigh Convention Center
Price: $275-$995
Date: November 15-16
Host/Organizer: Digital Summit
About: Internet Summit is a yearly occasion designed to provide digital marketing professionals with the resources, ideas and solutions they need to successfully build and manage customer-to-brand relationships. In more than 90 in-depth sessions, industry-leading speakers and panelists will provide best practices and tips on topics from content strategy, social and SEO to email, mobile and video to UX and design.


Tech Talent South Free Coding Workshops

Location: The Nest in Raleigh
Date: Various dates
Host/Organizer: Tech Talent South
About: The Raleigh code education school Tech Talent South regularly offers complimentary skills-learning workshops to the public. Each session teaches participants the basics of a particular field of coding, empowering them to apply the concepts in their own domains. Upcoming iterations include “HTML: Your Window to the World of Coding”, “Got Style? Got Class? Got CSS?” and “Pick Yourself Up by Bootstrap!”.

Lunch & Learn: Bringing IoT Devices to the Network

Location: The Frontier at Research Triangle Park
Date: August 17, 12-1 p.m.
Host/Organizer: RIoT
About: The latest Internet of Things-focused event hosted by RIoT will feature Kevin Rogers from Verizon and Shruthi Soora from the Wireless Research Center. The two will discuss the process of bringing an IoT device to the network from the hardware perspective.

Community Workshop: Employee Engagement

Location: The Frontier at Research Triangle Park
Date: August 22, 8:30-10 a.m.
Host/Organizer: Research Triangle Park
About: The latest in a community workshop series hosted by RTP will focus on best practices for championing the employee experience at your company. Stan Phelps of will offer advice and strategies on onboarding, team-building and recognizing and empowering employees. This workshop is free-of-charge, and includes coffee and a light breakfast.

SBTDC Convince & Convert Workshops

Location: SBTDC office in Chapel Hill
Price*: $150 total
Date: Various dates
Host/Organizer: The Small Business & Technology Development Center
About: The SBTDC is hosting a three-part educational series all about digital marketing. Participants can learn the techniques, tools, strategies and solutions they’ll need in developing their brand/company. The classes take place throughout the month of September, each covering a different topic: Digital Marketing Strategy, SEO and Google Ads and Google Analytics.
*Registration covers all sessions, parking, snacks and materials


Innovate Durham

Date: August 28
Host/Organizer: The City of Durham
About: Durham is debuting a new pilot program to help advance the city’s entrepreneurial talent, creativity and solution-driven products/services. In exchange for beta testing resources, access to city data and local infrastructure, the City of Durham hopes to gain understanding from entrepreneurs about how to apply new technologies to improve the lives of its residents and communities.

NC IDEA Seed Grant

Deadline: September 11
Organizer: The NC IDEA Foundation
About: NC IDEA’s flagship Seed Grant program provides between four to six grants totaling $50,000 in non-dilutive funding to selected startups, offered twice a year in the Spring and Fall. Applications for the upcoming cycle (Fall 2017) open August 28. Until then, info sessions will be held in Charlotte, in Asheville and in the Triangle starting next week.