A host of events focusing on various aspects of entrepreneurship are taking place in he Triangle in coming weeks.

Here is an overview of these and other upcoming events as provided by Innovate Raleigh.

For event links and more, check out the Innovate Raleigh website.


Entrepalooza is back at North Carolina State University for the third year. The annual entrepreneurship and innovation festival is this Thursday, Sept. 7  from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.at the Oval on Centennial Campus. Media coverage of the event is invited.
Entrepalooza includes interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities from local entrepreneurs and NC State departments, such as the NCSU Libraries, Betabox Labs, Kast Clothing, Smashing Boxes, VieMetrics, Pitch & Primer, EcoPRT, Skillpop and more.

Only at Entrepalooza can you ride in an autonomous vehicle, taste test cookies made by NC State alumni, learn to hand letter, shop the latest in men’s fashion, explore a mobile maker space, see a 3D printer in action, hang out with Mr. and Ms. Wuf or play with a Golden Retriever — all in one night. We’ll also be spinning the prize wheel all night long so you can go home with some startup swag.

The event ends with the “Minute to Pitch It” competition in which NC State student participants have 60 seconds to convince the audience their idea is worthy of an investment. The winner receives $1,000 to help make his or her idea a reality. 
The Oval is located at 1070 Partners Way. The event is free and open to the public.

Additional information about Entrepalooza is available at  ei.ncsu.edu/entrepalooza.

CED ​Tech Venture

The premier event for technology entrepreneurs in the Southeast, CED Tech Venture Conference on Sept. 19-20 in Raleigh attracts 800+ attendees including trailblazing entrepreneurs, investors, corporate leaders, and industry visionaries from across the nation to Raleigh, NC, recently ranked the #4 next top tech city and #2 best city for young entrepreneurs. Now in its 33rd year, #CEDTVC is the one of nation’s longest-running entrepreneurial events featuring

  • Live on-stage company presentations from 20+ entrepreneurs
  • Demo Room showcasing 100+ of the Southeast’s hottest tech companies
  • Multiple high-level networking opportunities including an evening reception
  • 75+ investment funds in attendance from across the U.S.
  • Investor Reverse Pitches – Hear direct from investors about each fund’s investment criteria.
  • Game-changing thought leadership from keynote speakers and expert panels
  • Exclusive entrepreneur-only opening workshop and invite-only venture capital & private equity workshop for investors


Set for Sept. 14-17, SPARKcon is the Triangle’s Annual Creativity Festival! Each year, SPARKcon features more than 2,000 artists in 200+ events. Each segment of the creative community plans their own “SPARKs” to showcase their talent. SPARKcon’s goal is to connect and educate emerging, creative leaders through training, interdisciplinary collaboration, and an open source structure leading to the creation of a unique four-day creativity explosion in Downtown Raleigh.
Each category, or group of activities, is called a “SPARK” (filmSPARK, musicSPARK, fashionSPARK, designSPARK, etc.) and is organized by volunteers who create programming that best represents their art form, whether a performance, an exhibition, showcase. or interactive digital game. This open source leadership structure allows any organizer, talent or audience member to create and add value to the experience in their own way.

More events

  • FilterEasy’s New Office Open House Party

Tuesday, September 19, 6:00-9:00 pm at FilterEasy’s New Headquarters

The FilterEasy team moved into our new Downtown Raleigh office in late June and are now ready to open it up for the Triangle community to see. We are one of the fastest growing companies in the Triangle with nearly 300% growth in 2016. Come meet our incredible team and see how we make clean air easy. If you’re in town for the CED Tech Venture Conference, please stop by for a beverage. We are just a few blocks from the Convention Center and would love to have you.

Other September events

  • – Popup Coworking at American Underground – Wednesday, September 6, 9:00a-4:00p at AU@Main
  • – Video Chat w/ Brad Feld (Techstars) – Wednesday, September 6 at 4:00pm at American Underground
  • – Entrepalooza, an Event for Thinkers and Doers – Thursday, September 7 at 5:30pm at Centennial Campus
  • – Hopscotch Design Festival 2017 – September 7-8 in Downtown Raleigh
  • – Hopscotch Music Festival 2017 – September 7-10 in Downtown Raleigh
  • – Triad NC Makers Summit 2017 – Friday, September 8, 9:00a-3:00pm at Alamance CC
  • – TBJ Leaders in Diversity Awards – Friday, September 8 at 11:30am at Marriott City Center
  • – WINnovation 2017: Women Inspiring Innovation – Friday, September 8 at 4:00pm at The Umstead
  • – Sustainable Spirits: Raleigh – Monday, September 11 at 5:30pm at Trophy Tap & Table
  • – RIoT Meetup: Healthcare IoT – Tuesday, September 12 at TBD
  • – Veterans Entrepreneurship Advantage Course Kickoff – Tuesday, September 12 at Wake Tech
  • – Sales for People Who Don’t Like to Sell Course Kickoff – Tuesday, September 12 at Wake Tech
  • – La Farm Baking Class – Wednesday, September 12 at 5:30pm at La Farm Bakery
  • – Convince & Convert: SEO and Google Ads – Wednesday, September 13 at 10:00am at SBTDC Chapel Hill
  • – Tech Talent South: CSS Intro Class – Wednesday, September 13 at 6:00pm at Nest Raleigh
  • – Triangle Food Makers: The Gifts of Food Failure – Thursday, September 14 at 5:00pm at HQ @Capital Club
  • – SPARKcon 2017: The Triangle’s Creativity Festival – September 14-17 in Downtown Raleigh
  • – RTCC Annual Meeting: Regional Innovation, Global Application – Thursday, September 14 at 11:00am at City Club Raleigh
  • – The Future of VR in Education: Panel Discussion – Friday, September 15 at 5:00pm at Morehead Planetarium
  • – Raleigh Chamber Business Showcase – Monday, September 18, 3:30-6:30p at NC State Fairgrounds
  • – Exit Event: The Startup Social – Monday, September 18 at 6:00pm at Loading Dock Raleigh
  • – Tech Venture Conference 2017 – September 19-20 at Raleigh Convention Center
  • – FilterEasy’s New Office: Open House Party! – September 19, 6:00p-9:00p, at FilterEasy HQ
  • – Mapping The Prevailing Digital Path to Purchase – Tuesday, September 19 at 6:00pm at 3210 Hillsborough St.
  • – ProductCamp RTP: Fall 2017 Conference – Tuesday, September 19, 5:00-9:00pm, at The Frontier
  • – Future of Talent: Transition from Higher Ed to Work – Tuesday, September 19 at 5:30pm at The Frontier
  • – Convince & Convert: Google Analytics – Wednesday, September 20 at 10:00am at SBTDC Chapel Hill
  • – Bunker Labs: Muster Across America 2017 – Thursday, September 21, 9:00a-5:00p at MetLife
  • – Women Tech Connect – Thursday, September 21 at 6:00pm at Ipreo
  • – Free Coworking Friday – Friday, September 22, 9:00a-6:00p at Fuquay Coworking
  • – Triangle TechBreakfast: September 2017 – Tuesday, September 26 at 8:00am at RTP HQ
  • WRAL TechWire Executive Exchange event on cybersecurity, Tuesday Sept. 26
  • – Nano Manufacturing Conference 2017 – Wednesday, September 27 in Greensboro
  • – Tech Talent South: Bootstrap Intro Class – Wednesday, September 27 at 6:00pm at Nest Raleigh
  • – CityCamp NC 2017 – September 28-30 at TBD
  • – NCTA Celebrates NC’s Fastest Growing Private Companies – September 28 at 5:30pm at SAS
  • – Mentor UP: Speed Mentoring for the Women of RTP – Friday, September 29, 8:00a-10:30a at RTP HQ
  • – NC State Garage: Startup Essentials (Episode 2) – Friday, September 29 at 12:00pm at Innovation Hall

October, beyond

  • – Digital Summit 2017 – October 2-3 at Charlotte Convention Center
  • – Innovation Jam 2017 – Tuesday, October 3 at 1:00pm at Duke South Clinic Amphitheater
  • – La Farm Baking Class: Country French – Tuesday, October 3 at 5:30pm at La Farm Bakery
  • – TBJ 2017 Innovation Awards – Wednesday, October 4 at 6:00pm at The Umstead
  • – La Farm Baking Class: Fall Breads – Wednesday, October 4 at 5:30pm at La Farm Bakery
  • – The 7 Steps of Intentional Leadership – Friday, October 6, 8:00a-3:00p at AIA Building
  • – HRFuel: High Octane HR Training – Friday, October 6, 9:00a-3:00p at GA Terminal at RDU
  • – Google for Entrepreneurs Exchange: Black Founders – October 8-13 in Durham
  • – Big Launch Challenge 2017 – Tuesday, October 10, 1:00p-6:30p at RTP HQ
  • – Triangle’s First Annual Technology Conference – Wednesday, October 11, 8:00a-8:00p at Cary Arts Center
  • – Exit Event: The Startup Social – Monday, October 16 at 6:00pm in Chapel Hill
  • – Intro to Web Design & Creation by Tech Talent South – 8 week course starts October 17
  • – Triangle TechBreakfast: October 2017 – Thursday, October 19 at 8:00am at RTP HQ
  • – DisruptHR RDU: Fall 2017 Edition – Thursday, October 19 at 5:30pm at PSI Theatre
  • – All Things Open 2017 – October 23-24 at Raleigh Convention Center
  • – RIoT at All Things Open 2017 – Monday, October 23 at 6:00pm at Raleigh Convention Center
  • – Future of Talent: Pipelines of Diverse Talent – Tuesday, October 24 at 5:30pm at The Frontier
  • – Creative Ways to Find New Online Prospects – Tuesday, October 24 at 6:00pm at Knowledge Tree
  • – HackDuke: Code for Good – October 28-29 at CIEMAS (@ Duke U)
  • – TBJ Fast 50 Awards – Wednesday, November 8 at 6:30pm at Raleigh Convention Center
  • – Raleigh Innovation Summit 2017 – Thursday, November 9th at Raleigh Convention Center
  • – NC Tech Awards Gala 2017 – Thursday, November 9th at 6:30pm at Sheraton Imperial
  • – Women in Tech Summit 2017 – Saturday, November 11 at The Frontier
  • – SEBIO Investor & Partnering Forum – November 14-16 at Pinehurst
  • – Internet Summit 2017 – November 15-16 at Raleigh Convention Center
  • – Triangle TechBreakfast: November 2017 – Thursday, November 16 at 8:00am at RTP HQ
  • – Triangle TechBreakfast: December 2017 – Thursday, December 21 at 8:00am at RTP HQ

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

  • 1 Million Cups: http://tri.sites.1millioncups.com/
  • Agile RTP: http://www.meetup.com/agileRTP/
  • ACM Raleigh: http://www.meetup.com/ACM-Raleigh/
  • Apache Apex (Native Hadoop)- Raleigh Chapter: http://www.meetup.com/Apache-Apex-native-Hadoop-Raleigh-Chapter/
  • AWS Raleigh: http://www.meetup.com/AWS-Raleigh/
  • – Betr: Free 45 min group exercise class – Every Wednesday at 5:30pm next to Happy + Hale Raleigh -More Info (new group)
  • Big Data Developers: http://www.meetup.com/Big-Data-Developers-in-Raleigh/
  • BMES RTP Industry Chapter: http://www.meetup.com/BMES-RTP-Industry-Chapter/
  • GirlDevelopIt RDU: http://www.meetup.com/Girl-Develop-It-RDU/
  • Hackster IoT Meetup – Raleigh: http://www.meetup.com/Hackster-Raleigh/
  • Health 2.0 NC Triangle: http://health20nc.com/
  • Intent – A UI/UX Design Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/intent-design/
  • Internet Marketing Mastermind Group: http://www.meetup.com/raleigh-internet-marketing/
  • Lean Startup Circle RTP: http://www.meetup.com/lsc-rtp/
  • MidTowne Techies (Raleigh): http://www.meetup.com/MidTowne-Techies/
  • Modern Web (Triangle): http://www.meetup.com/trianglemodernweb/
  • NC’s Regional Internet of Things: http://www.meetup.com/NC-RIoT-Regional-Internet-of-Things/
  • NC Tech4Good: http://www.meetup.com/NCTech4Good/
  • NC Triangle Android Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/TriDroid/
  • NC Triangle Crowdfunders Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/NC-Triangle-Crowdfunders-Meetup/
  • North Carolina Startup: Idea to IPO: http://www.meetup.com/North-Carolina-Idea-to-IPO/
  • Product Thinking Raleigh-Durham: https://www.meetup.com/ProductThinkingRaleighDurham/ (New Group)
  • Project Falcon – Sharing Web Development Approaches: http://www.meetup.com/Project-Falcon/
  • PyData Triangle: http://www.meetup.com/PyData-Triangle/
  • Raleigh Building Agile Clouds w/ Open Stack: http://www.meetup.com/Raleigh-Triange-Building-Agile-Clouds-with-OpenStack/
  • Raleigh-Durham Web Design Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/WebDesign2-0/
  • Raleigh DevOps Networking Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Raleigh-DevOps-Networking-Meetup/
  • Raleigh/Durham PowerBI User Group: http://www.meetup.com/Raleigh-Durham-PowerBI-User-Group/ (New Group)
  • Raleigh Epic Mastermind Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Raleigh-Epic-Mastermind-Meetup/
  • Raleigh Independent Game Developers: http://www.meetup.com/Raleigh-Independent-Game-Developers/
  • Raleigh Popup Coworking Group: http://www.meetup.com/Raleigh-Pop-Up-Coworking-Group/
  • Raleigh Software Development Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/meetup-group-TnYUXwVr/
  • Raleigh Solopreneur Lunch Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Raleigh-Solopreneur-Lunch-Meetup/
  • Refresh the Triangle: http://www.meetup.com/refreshthetriangle/
  • Research Triangle Analysts: http://www.meetup.com/Research-Triangle-Analysts/
  • Research Triangle EdTech Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/RTPedtech/
  • RTP 180: http://www.rtp.org/program/rtp-180/
  • RTP New Tech: http://www.meetup.com/RTP-New-Tech/
  • RTP AI-Machine Learning Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/RTPBigData/
  • Stacked! Building Better Developers: http://www.meetup.com/Stacked/
  • Stacki Durham: http://www.meetup.com/Stacki-Durham/
  • SW Wake Small Business Owners Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/SE-Wake-Small-Business-Owners-Meetup/
  • Tech Talent South: http://www.meetup.com/Tech-Talent-South-Raleigh/
  • The Nest: http://www.meetup.com/nestraleigh/
  • Triangle AAUGA: http://www.triangle-aauga.org/
  • Triangle Area Mesos User Group: http://www.meetup.com/Triangle-Area-Mesos-User-Group/
  • Triangle Bitcoin Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Triangle-Bitcoin-Meetup/
  • Triangle Bluemix (IBM) Meetup Group: http://www.meetup.com/rtpbluemix/
  • Triangle Code for America: http://www.meetup.com/Triangle-Code-for-America/
  • Triangle Cocoa: Mac & iOS Development Meetups: http://www.meetup.com/nscoderrtp/
  • Triangle Clojure Users Group: http://www.meetup.com/TriClojure/
  • Triangle DevOps: http://www.meetup.com/Triangle-DevOps/
  • Triangle Drupal Users Group: http://www.meetup.com/triDUG/
  • Triangle Ember: http://www.meetup.com/triangle-ember/
  • Triangle Front End Developers: http://www.meetup.com/Triangle-Front-End-Developers/
  • Triangle Hadoop Users Group: http://www.meetup.com/TriHUG/
  • Triangle iMeetup: http://www.meetup.com/TriMeetup/
  • Triangle JavaScript: http://www.meetup.com/Triangle-JavaScript/
  • Triangle Kubernetes Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Triangle-Kubernetes-Meetup/
  • Triangle Lisp & Scheme: http://www.meetup.com/Triangle-Lisp-Scheme/
  • Triangle MongoDB User Group: http://www.meetup.com/MongoRaleigh/
  • Triangle Marketing Club: http://www.meetup.com/Triangle-Marketing-Club/
  • Triangle .NET User Group: http://www.meetup.com/TRINUG/
  • Triangle Open Stack Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Triangle-OpenStack-Meetup/
  • Triangle PHP: http://www.meetup.com/trianglephp/
  • Triangle Ruby Brigade: http://www.meetup.com/raleighrb/
  • Triangle SQL Server Users Group: http://www.meetup.com/tripass/
  • Triangle Tech Breakfast: http://www.meetup.com/Triangle-TechBreakfast/
  • Triangle UXPA Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Triangle-UXPA-Social-Meetup/
  • Triangle Venture Hacked – Get Funded: http://www.meetup.com/triangleventurehacked/ (New Group)
  • Triangle Zoho User Group: http://www.meetup.com/Triangle-Zoho-User-Group/ (New Group)
  • TriPython Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/tripython/