WRAL TechWire keeps tabs on the latest and greatest meetups, summits and conferences, workshops and all things happening in the North Carolina startup world. “The Headliners” is a two-part weekly roundup of noteworthy upcoming events to add to your calendar.
Here’s our lineup of Triangle events happening in January, including some conferences and summits, a handful of lunch and learns, several educational workshops and plenty of networking. The roundup also features application deadlines for accelerators, competitions and other programs.
To find out what’s happening in cities outside of the Triangle, check out part two of the “Headliners” column.
December 31, 9 p.m. – January 1, 1 a.m. @The Cannon Room
Ring in the new year with a night of live music, bites and drinks, and a nice view of the firework-lit skyline at HQ Capital Club.
January 3, 4-7 p.m. @The Chesterfield
Meet fellow entrepreneurs, get tips on growing your company and network with fellow members of the life science community at the Larger Than Life Science event series, presented by LaunchBio. This month’s event features a panel of hemp experts and entrepreneurs, a panel with the latest startups to join BioLabs and a virtual reality demo with AR/VR studio Horizon Productions.
January 3, 7:30-9:30 a.m. @PNC Arena
This month’s Young Professionals Network meeting features a talk from Garion Bunn, award-winning keynote presenter, author, coach and founder and CEO of Engaged Leaders.
January 4, 9-9:30 a.m.
This free monthly interactive webinar provides participants with an overview of NC TECH’s activities, resources and member offerings.
January 4, 11:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. @Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center
Join hundreds of business, government, education and nonprofit leaders for an event discussing North Carolina’s positioning for the next year of job creation and retention, and quality of life.
January 6-8 @Sanford School of Public Policy
Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Office of Undergraduate Education and Energy Access Project are co-hosting the next Winter Forum, addressing the challenges and solutions involved in the effort to end global energy poverty.
January 8, 9-11 a.m.
The North Carolina office of the U.S. Small Business Administration is hosting a webinar covering 8(a) certification benefits, features and eligibility.
January 8, 9:30-10:30 a.m. @UNC Institute for the Environment
The UNC Institute for the Environment’s next breakfast meeting features a presentation on clean technology and innovation at UNC with Greg Gangi, associate director of clean technology and innovation, and Kiersten Williams, the program manager.
January 8, 5-8 p.m. @Kramden Institute
In this TechGirlz workshop, students will learn about machine learning techniques such as artificial neural networks and more.
January 9, 8-10 a.m. @NC Biotech Center
Join the Cherry Bekaert team for an informative session about R&D tax credits, how your company can benefit from them, and whether or not you qualify.
January 9, 9-10 a.m. @The Frontier
Research Triangle Park, in partnership with Kauffman Labs, hosts regular informal pitch events for the startup community at The Frontier. Join for free coffee and entrepreneurial community support as Choose Your Reader and NeedsList deliver their presentations.
January 9, 6-8 p.m. @HQ Raleigh
At this informative workshop, newbie developers can learn the basics about mobile app strategy and design from an expert.
January 10-12 @NC State Innovation Hall
This two-day design challenge allows students in NC State’s Albright Entrepreneurs Village the opportunity present their ideas and compete for prize money. Food will be provided.
January 10, 7-10 a.m. @Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Join the Raleigh Chamber in hearing what top economists are predicting for 2019 in the Triangle, featuring talks from Thomas Barkin, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, and Mark Vitner, managing director and senior economist at Wells Fargo. Event attendees will receive an updated copy of the Chamber’s Economy and Business Report.
January 10, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. @The Frontier, Building 600
Shawn Ramsey of the Art of Moxie will lead a session on how entrepreneurs can use short-term strategy to achieve long-term results.
January 10, 5:30-8 p.m. @RTP Headquarters
RTP AITP, in partnership with the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, presents a dynamic panel discussion on the future of health—featuring Bluedoor Health CEO and Co-Founder Michael Levy, UNC Health Informatics Director Dr. Javed Mostafa, RTI Business Group CIO & VP of Research Computing Karen M. Davis, Health Innovation Lab Director and Duke Professor Dr. Ryan Shaw and WakeMed Chief Medical Information Officer Dr. Neal Chawla.
January 10, 6-8 p.m. @HQ Raleigh
At this Tech Talent South Meetup event, participants will hear from a mobile development expert how to start building a native app
January 10, 6-8 p.m. @Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center
This three-part workshop series guides participants through the basics of business development, financing options, local resources, and more. Part II and III of the series will be held on January 17 and January 24.
January 11, 7:30-10 a.m. @Family Legacy Financial Solutions
This free bimonthly event offers a space for local tech professionals to build connections and find potential job opportunities.
January 14, 12-1 p.m. @The Frontier
This free workshop, presented by AhHa!, will show participants how they can increase communication and collaboration in a meeting setting.
January 15, 1-6:30 p.m. @The Frontier
The Council for Entrepreneurial Development’s Raising the Dough workshop is designed to educate startup and growth-stage tech companies on the types of funding available to them, factors investors consider when making decisions, understanding financial lingo and negotiating deals. They’ll put together strategies and receive feedback from investors and other entrepreneurs.
January 15, 6-7:30 p.m. @American Underground
ImBlackInTech’s monthly mixer event convenes the local entrepreneurial community in support of the growth of founders and professionals of color in the Triangle’s tech startup ecosystem. More coverage here.
UNC’s Center for Health Innovation is offering as many as four awards up to $50,000 to UNC Health Care and UNC School of Medicine employees for innovative technologies serving care delivery models, workforce development, translational research and other applications.
January 16, 9-11 a.m. @UNC Chapel Hill, Hyde Hall
Next up in Innovate Carolina’s Network Forum series is a workshop on crafting powerful, data-rich stories that transform ideas into innovations. Breakfast is provided.
January 16, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. @NC Biotech Center
January 16, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. @The Frontier
At this info session, NC IDEA Program Director Amy Bastian will share details on the grants and programs offered by the organization, including NC IDEA MICRO and NC IDEA SEED, as well as the newly launched Investment Crowdfunding Grant (applications are due January 28).
January 16, 2-3 p.m. @Kenan Center
NCGrowth is hosting a launch event to unveil its Homegrown Tools platform, which shows the success of small towns that have secured private investment and job creation through their economic development strategies. The event features guest speakers Jeanne Milliken Bonds of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Hillary Sherman of the U.S. Economic Development Administration and Jonathan Morgan of the UNC School of Government.
For its Flash Grant program, the North Carolina Biotech Center is on the lookout for innovative life science technology ideas with early indications of commercial potential. Applications in the first cycle of the 2019 program are due at noon on January 16.
January 17, 8-10 a.m. @RTP Headquarters
Developers, designers, startups and tech enthusiasts are invited to join this monthly meetup for free networking over breakfast, plus a series of showcase presentations.
January 17, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. @First Flight Venture Center
Hosted by First Flight Venture Center, this half-day seminar will explain the basics of SBIR/STTR grant programs for entrepreneurs, covering the participating agencies involved, what goes into developing a proposal and how the award process works.
January 17, 12:30-4 p.m. @NC Biotech Center
This event is an opportunity for students and professionals to learn more about the local education and training opportunities in the area of biopharmaceuticals.
January 17, 5-7:30 p.m. @The Frontier
The next RTP180 event features a panel of Triangle innovators who are exploring solutions in “smart” technology. Speakers include Nicole Raimundo of the City of Cary, Dr. Kristen Wynns of Wynns Family Psychology, Dr. Jesse Jur of North Carolina State University, Shannon Smith of K4Connect and Lucas Blair of RTI International.
January 17, 5:30-6:30 p.m. @Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery
At the next Carolina Innovations Seminar, Deerfield Management will discuss trends in therapeutics development and Pinnacle Hill, a partnership with UNC Chapel Hill that provides $65 million to support the advancement of novel drug development projects. Pre-proposals for funding are due February 6.
January 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m. @K4Connect
Bunker Labs RDU’s next meetup features a panel of leaders in the local IoT industry, including K4Connect CEO Scott Moody, mesur.io CTO and Founder Mike Prorock, RIoT Executive Director Tom Snyder and ProAxion Director of Sales Andrew Goldsmith.
January 17, 6-8 p.m. @Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center
This three-part workshop series guides participants through the basics of business development, financing options, local resources, and more. Part III of the series will be held on January 24.
January 18, 12-2 p.m.
Back in December, participants in the workshop series learned actionable strategies for creating programs supporting equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in the workplace. This follow-up webinar is designed to provide ongoing support for participants to achieve their goals now and going forward.
January 22, 10-11 a.m.
The North Carolina office of the U.S. Small Business Administration is hosting a webinar covering the different ways companies can market themselves to the federal government.
January 22, 12:30-5 p.m. @NC Biotech Center
This workshop, facilitated by The Center for Food Integrity and hosted at the NC Biotech Center, will teach participants how to lead an informed public dialogue and build trust in gene editing.
January 22, 1-7 p.m. @The Rickhouse
RIoT is partnering with US Ignite for an event focused on smart gigabit cities, public safety broadband, open data, networks, and more.
January 23, 12-2 p.m. @NC Biotech Center
This two-hour luncheon includes presentations covering a range of topics, including investments in agribusiness, ag tech, commodity supply/demand and consumer trends.
January 23, 5-7 p.m. @NC Biotech Center
Join Women In Agribusiness for a night of networking and conversation over cocktails and appetizers.
January 23-25 @FREEDM Systems Center
This course, led by NC State faculty and industry professionals, will cover the integration of distributed generation, load balancing and energy storage in modern microgrids.
January 24, 7:30-9 a.m. @Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
Raleigh Chamber is hosting a panel of three women business leaders for a discussion on the challenges and successes in their entrepreneurial journeys. Speakers include Jenny Bonchak of Slingshot Coffee Co., Harriet Mills of Wine & Design and Nicole Oxendine of Empower Dance Studio. The panel will be moderated by Wendy Gates Corbett of Refresher Training, LLC.
January 24, 9-10 a.m. @Duke Medical Pavilion
At this breakfast event, Duke Clinical Research Institute Chief of Digital Health and Strategy Dr. Joy Bhosai will share her experience with using mobile apps and connected devices to run multi-site trials.
January 24, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. @Embassy Suites Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle
Join more than 300 leaders in discussing the impact of transportation on business and companies can be prepared. Speakers include Michael Fox, chair of the North Carolina Board of Transportation, as well as senior executives from MetLife and IBM.
January 24, 12-5:30 p.m. @Kenan Conference Center
This symposium brings together business leaders, researchers and financial regulators to discuss the future of the fintech market, especially as it applies to blockchain and cryptocurrencies, and the regulatory issues affecting these technologies.
January 24, 6-7:30 p.m. @HQ Raleigh
Tech Talent South Raleigh will present a guide to the networking industry—what it is, how it works and the knowledge needed to enter it.
January 24, 6-8 p.m. @Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center
This three-part workshop series guides participants through the basics of business development, financing options, local resources, and more. This session, the final installment of the series, will help participants apply the knowledge they’ve learned.
January 25, 7:30-10 a.m. @Family Legacy Financial Solutions
This free bimonthly event offers a space for local tech professionals to build connections and find potential job opportunities.
January 25, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. @James B. Hunt Jr. Library
Join NC State Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs for a workshop on making connections and establishing and maintaining a network.
This 12-month fellowship program from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation offers coaching, mentorship and a $75,000 stipend to individuals who have innovative ideas to better North Carolina’s communities.
January 25-27 @Gillings School of Global Public Health
AMWHO is a weekend-long simulation of the World Health Assembly in which 100 graduate and undergraduate students will assume the roles of WHO ambassadors, media correspondents, non-governmental organization leaders and industry representatives.
January 28, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. @NCSU Innovation Hall
DC, the manager of the eGarage startup space, will be open on Mondays to meet with students and answer any questions they have about entrepreneurship and launching a venture at NC State.
January 28, 4-4:45 p.m.
This monthly webinar series hosts a global health professional who will share insights and advice for advancing your career. January’s webinar features Katherine L. Turner, the founder and president of Global Citizen, LLC.
January 28, 4-6 p.m. @NC Biotech Center
NC IDEA’s new Investment Crowdfunding Grant offers up to $5,000 to help companies expand their businesses using the Localstake NC investment crowdfunding platform. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on January 28.
January 29, 7-9 p.m. @Fox and Hound
Bring your ideas and opinions to the next Midtown Techies meetup. Events are held on the last Tuesday of every month.
January 30, 4-7 p.m. @McKimmon Center
Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster’s 2019 Career Fair connects employers in the cleantech and energy industry with hundreds of students and professionals who are seeking jobs in this field.
The Rural Economic Development Institute (REDI), a program of the North Carolina Rural Center, is welcoming applications for its 2019 cohort. REDI helps participants enhance their leadership skills and rural development strategies in their communities.