November is such a heavy month for events that we broke this week’s calendar into two parts. Here are recurring events.

Plus, on the horizon: Upcoming events worthy of attention and planning.

The headliner events are online separately

As is a list of Triangle special interest meetups.

The recurring events:

  • HQ Charlotte’s #CLTStartupSocial November 2017


November 15, 5:30-8 p.m. @HQ Charlotte at 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 free beer and snacks.

  • IdeaLaunch November 2017


November 15, 8-9 a.m. @co//ab in Greensboro

Greensboro entrepreneurs who want to test out and perfect their product pitches are welcome to do so in front of a live audience at the monthly IdeaLaunch series. They’ll get helpful feedback and input on how to better their presentation strategy in the future. The free event also has coffee, doughnuts and networking.          

  • Triangle TechBreakfast November 2017


November 16, 8-10 a.m. @RTP Headquarters

This month’s TechBreakfast will feature Pixilated ( Co-Founder and CVO Patrick Rife, Tim Sanghera of Azoteq (, Contract Hound ( Co-Founder Jordan Shamp and Roadhaus ( Founder Jack Hilton. After some networking over food and coffee, these four entrepreneurs will share some of their startup experiences with the audience.

  • Lunch & Learn – IP in IoT: Identifying and Protecting your Intellectual Property


November 16, 12-1 p.m. @Capital Club in Downtown Raleigh

The latest iteration of NC RIoT’s Lunch & Learn series will feature Scott Bloebaum of Cary-based Murphy, Bilak, & Homiller (, who will offer insights on the various types of IP and outline the strategies for identifying and protecting IP for IoT applications.

  •  November RTP 180: Nanotechnology


November 16, 6-8 p.m. @The Frontier                             

This month’s RTP 180 features speakers from the Triangle’s three leading universities—Tori Miller of NC State’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering (, Daphne Klosta of UNC’s Department of Applied Physical Sciences ( and Claudia Gunsch of Duke’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department ( They will discuss the different innovative applications of nanotechnology. Doors open at 5 p.m. for networking. This event is free.

  • ExitEvent November Startup Social


November 20, 6-8 p.m. @Pour Taproom

ExitEvent’s November Startup Social series in the Triangle will be held at Pour Taproom in Durham. Enjoy networking and drinks with the local startup community. Gridworks, a new co-working space in Durham, will offer a sweet prize to a lucky raffle winner.

  • Community Workshop: Skills for the Competitive Business World


November 28, 8:30-10 a.m. @The Frontier

The latest in RTP’s series of free community workshops focuses on the topic, “The Athlete Advantage: Transferable Skills for the Competitive Business World.” The course will guide participants through the top three athletic skills that could easily apply to mapping a successful business strategy. The workshop will by led by Meg Foley and Katharine Leslie, co-owners of the coaching and training provider OPTHRIVE (

On the Horizon: Save the Date

  • American Underground Consumer Product Meetup in Wilmington


November 30, 4:30-6:30 p.m. @UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Consumer product entrepreneurs in Wilmington are invited to join together with American Underground Chief Strategist Adam Klein for an evening to meet with one another and hear about AU’s Startup Stampede ( program. A presentation will highlight how entrepreneurs can get involved in the Startup Stampede consumer product incubator next year. The event will offer beer, wine and other beverages. It is free and open to the public.

  • Technology Commercialization Symposium: Exploring the Full Potential of SBIR/STTR


December 4, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. @RTP Foundation

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is offering local innovators and entrepreneurs the opportunity to meet in person with SBIR/STTR federal agency representatives to learn about how project applications can be considered, what other funding opportunities they should look into, and the difference between grant and contract funding. Tickets are $85 per attendee.

  • The AU Loves Durham Holiday Party

December 19, 6-8 p.m. @The Armory

Join American Underground members, elected officials and the local entrepreneurial community at-large for a fun end-of-the-year party to celebrate 2017’s greatest accomplishments. During this time, American Underground will also present the results of its latest Annual Report. The event will offer local food, drinks and music. Tickets are $10.

  • 2018 North Carolina State University Make-A-Thon


January 26-28 @Hunt Library

Student solutions are needed to make a more sustainable world. During this weekend-long challenge, student teams research, design, prototype and build a new solution that addresses a sustainability challenge. On the last day, community and industry sustainability experts evaluate solutions and award prizes to the top teams in each category, as well as a grand prize to the overall winner.