Here’s our exclusive wrapup of upcoming conferences, contests, workshops, application deadlines and socials happening across North Carolina in April.

Included are upcoming meetups, conferences, workshops, socials and networking events happening in Asheville, Charlotte, the Triad, Wilmington and other areas across North Carolina.

This post is part of our weekly column of upcoming events. To find out what’s happening this month in the Triangle specifically, check out part one of this week’s column.

Another post previews events coming in May. Recurring monthly meetups in the Triangle are listed here.

These columns are an extension of our interactive calendar of tech and startup events. If you’d like to suggest an event to be added to the calendar, feel free to send me an email.

NEXT AVL Reception

April 22, 4:30-6:30 p.m. @Lift Studios

This event celebrates the first cohort of NEXT AVL, a nine-month mentorship program that matches university students with local professionals.

Lunch & Learn: Harnessing Your Team

April 23, 12-1 p.m. @The Collider

In this workshop, Paige Edwards-Werhan of the North Carolina Outward Bound School will show participants how they can better interact with their team, develop their leadership style and facilitate collaboration.

Collective Hustle: Charlotte Startups, Investors & Veterans

April 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m. @Hygge Coworking, Jay St.

Collective Hustle is hosting a panel on veteran entrepreneurship and support, featuring Kiah Tolliver of C-Trax, Brandon Shelton of Task Force X Capital, Jon Boggiano of VersaMe and Liz Marion of Milspo Project.

Startup Grind Greensboro: Collab Hosts the Queen of Raw

April 23, 5:30-8 p.m. @co//ab

The next Startup Grind Greensboro fireside chat is with Stephanie Benedetto, founder of Queen of Raw. Come hear the story of her entrepreneurial journey.

Fish 2.0 South Atlantic Fisheries & Aquaculture Innovation Workshop & Pitch Session

April 23-24 @Wilmington, NC

Businesses in the fishery and aquaculture industries are invited to attend this free and informative event, in which they can participate in community-building sessions with both peers and experts.

Asheville Chamber Sky High Growth Awards

April 24

In this annual program, the Asheville Chamber of Commerce honors the accomplishments of Chamber members who are leading growth in the local business community.

DIG SOUTH Tech Summit

April 24-26 @Charleston Gaillard Center

A must-attend for entrepreneurs and technology industry representatives in the South, the DIG SOUTH Tech Summit in Charleston connects leading global brands like Oracle, IBM and Salesforce to the top scalable startups in the region. (More coverage here.)

Winston Under 40 Lunch with Leaders

April 24, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. @Best Western Plus University Inn

Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce is hosting a lunch and talk with Richard Brenner, co-founder of ABC of NC.

Digital Health Happy Hour: Charlotte

April 24, 5-7 p.m. @Packard Place

DHIT’s free Digital Health Happy Hour series is expanding to Charlotte starting this month. The featured popup speaker is Michael Levy, president of DHIT, who will share more about how to get involved with the digital health community. Join to connect with fellow entrepreneurs, investors and community leaders over craft beers.

Davidson Venture Fund Pitch Competition

April 24, 5:30-8 p.m. @Davidson College, E. Craig Wall Jr. Academic Center

At this pitch event, six teams of Davidson students or recent alumni will compete for a $25,000 investment in their ventures.

15th Annual IT Hot Topics Conference

April 24-26 @Grandover Resort, Greensboro

This two-day program features several keynotes, more than 20 breakout sessions, trainings and networking sessions for members of the IT sector.

Health Care Summit

April 25, 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. @Sheraton Charlotte Hotel

The 8th annual Health Care Summit convenes hundreds of top executives, policymakers, consumers and business leaders from around the state and nation for an in-depth review into the current and future state of healthcare challenges and opportunities.

NC TECH Board of Advisors Webinar

April 25, 9 a.m.

Join NC TECH President and CEO, Brooks Raiford for a webinar on the benefits and purpose of the organization’s Board of Advisors, and how to get involved.

Webinar: Raising the Awareness of Career Pathways

April 25, 9-10 a.m.

This monthly webinar covers career pathways and resources for employers, jobseekers or anyone interested in the process.

Winning SBIR/STTR Grants for Science & Technology Startups

April 25, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. @The Collider

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.

Skookum Volcano Tour

April 25, 12-1 p.m. @Skookum Charlotte

Join an open tour of the Skookum office to get an introduction to the tech and ideas powering the community. The Skookum team will be available for any questions or comments participants may have. Lunch will be provided.

NC TECH Board of Advisors Webinar

April 25, 3 p.m.

Join NC TECH President and CEO, Brooks Raiford for a webinar on the benefits and purpose of the organization’s Board of Advisors, and how to get involved.

Carolina Fintech Hub Monthly Meetup

April 25, 4-5 p.m. @Packard Place

Carolina Fintech Hub’s next meetup will focus on real time payments, featuring presenters Wells Fargo SVP of Emerging Payments Philip Sprague and Levvel Manager of Payments Practice Wade Hobbs.

8th Annual Gate City Minority Business Opportunity Fair

April 25, 4-7 p.m. @Khalif Event Center

This networking event is free and open to minority and women-owned businesses interested in pursuing contracting opportunities with local public institutions, government agencies and major private companies.

Venture Café Thursday Gathering

April 25, 5-8 p.m. @Bailey Power Plant

Held on a weekly basis, this Venture Café event series provides all sorts of programming for Piedmont Triad entrepreneurs and innovators. Every Thursday evening, the community gathers for networking, panel talks, workshops, presentations, product demos, interviews, and more.

Tech Talent South + Advocations Java Workshop

April 25, 5:30-7 p.m. @Packard Place

Tech Talent South Charlotte is hosting a Java workshop to share more about its partnership with Advocations and Autism Speaks.


April 25-26 @Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw, NC

The annual SwitchPoint conference brings together hundreds of nonprofit and development professionals, corporate execs, educators, policy-makers and entrepreneurs for a two-day program at Haw River Ballroom. Agenda here.

Leadership Greensboro 2020 Info Session

April 26, 8:30-9:30 a.m. @Greensboro Chamber of Commerce

Join this info session to learn about the details and components involved with the Leadership Greensboro program, as well as requirements the application process.

PayCLT: GDPR & California Consumer Privacy Act

April 26, 9-10 a.m. @Packard Place

PayCLT is hosting a seminar on how to navigate the E.U.’s General Data Protection Regulation and California’s Consumer Privacy Act.

Energy ‘Double Header’: Next Gen Nuclear + Managing Crisis Communication

April 26, 12-4:30 p.m. @Foundation for the Carolinas

At this educational event, energy professionals will be briefed on advanced next generation nuclear design and managing crisis communication,

PercCollider Climate Coffee Hour

April 26, 4-5 p.m. @The Collider

The weekly PercCollider event convenes Collider members for networking and collaboration over drinks.

UNC Charlotte Science & Technology Expo

April 28, 12-4 p.m. @UNC Charlotte Student Union

UNC Charlotte’s North Carolina Science Festival is a half-day event featuring over 100 activities for people of all ages, including hands-on displays and educational presentations, engineering demos, lab tours and more.

Cybersecurity in the Age of Digital Transformation

April 29, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. @Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte Waverly

Charlotte Regional Business Alliance’s Ballantyne Chapter is hosting an in-depth conversation with industry leaders on cybersecurity and virtual reality.

Business & The Mompreneur Dollar

April 29, 6-8 p.m. @HQ Greensboro

This event, hosted by Piedmont Business Capital, features panelists speaking about their experiences in starting and growing their mompreneur business, and how other Triad innovators can do so as well.

Tech Talent South Wilmington: Web Development Essentials

April 29, 6-9 p.m.

Tech Talent South Wilmington is hosting a workshop on the basics of web development, covering HTML, CSS and Bootstrap.

Women > A Force in Business

April 30, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. @Charlotte Convention Center

This annual event, one of NC Chamber’s largest programs, addresses the different ways to create and harness opportunities for women in North Carolina’s workforce and business community.

Small Business Appreciation: SBA Resources for Small Business

April 30, 9-10 a.m. @Asheville Chamber of Commerce

Asheville Chamber is hosting an informative program covering the many resources and services offered to local businesses by the U.S. Small Business Administration. This event is free and  open to the public.

Build Your Business 2019

April 30, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. @Foundation for the Carolinas

The annual Build Your Business program, hosted by the Foundation of the Women Presidents’ Organization, provides informative talks and sessions covering strategic and operational issues common among startups and small businesses.

Embracing the Entrepreneur Mindset to Achieve Purposeful Action

April 30, 12-1 p.m. @The Collider

Consultant, speaker and author John Canter will lead a workshop on understanding and overcoming the psychological factors that limit people’s ability to take risks and fulfill goals.

2019 Charlotte Venture Challenge

April 30, 4-8 p.m. @UNC Charlotte PORTAL Building

In this pitch competition, the latest participating teams in the Ventureprise Launch program will present their innovations.

Getting SH*T Done: Tech Tools for Operation Management

April 30, 6-8 p.m. @BLKTECHCLT @The Nest

Sherrell Dorsey and Enovia Bedford, co-founders of BLKTECHCLT, will present a workshop on the best platforms and tools for operation management.

Application Deadline: Empower U—The Entrepreneurial Mindset

April 30

Applications are live for Empower U: The Entrepreneurial Mindset, a four-week program starting June 4 that educates small business owners on effective communication, problem-solving, action-oriented frameworks, strategy, and more.