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

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 June. 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.

Lunch & Learn: Instagram for Your Business

May 20, 12-1 p.m. @HQ Greensboro

In this free workshop, participants will learn how to curate engaging content for their Instagram business account, and understand insights and analytics to run targeted ads on the platform. The session will be led by Ranata Reeder, owner of Reeder Communications, LLC.

Energy Technology Series Featuring Cellwatch

May 20, 4:30-6 p.m. @UNC Charlotte – EPIC

Join energy professionals for a presentation on emerging energy technology from Cellwatch Frontier, a solution for rail, telecom and power utilities.

HUSTLE Night | Innovation Sprint

May 20, 5:30-7 p.m. @Forsyth Tech Small Business Center

HUSTLE Winston-Salem is hosting an Innovation Sprint, where a local entrepreneur will share their vision and attendees can help them bring the company to the next level. Refreshments will be provided.

Charlotte Regional Business Alliance Investor Reception

May 20, 5:30-7 p.m.

Charlotte Regional Business Alliance investor members/representatives are invited to attend this exclusive evening reception.

Application Deadline: NC IDEA LABS

May 20

NC IDEA LABS is a four-week program that helps early-stage entrepreneurs with customer discovery, validation, decision-making and growth planning. Subsequent mentorship and resources are offered to participants who achieve significant progress in the program. Applications close at 5 p.m. May 20.

Asheville Chamber Business Before Hours

May 21, 8-9 a.m. @IFB Solutions

This month, Asheville Chamber’s “Business Before Hours” event will be hosted by IFB Solutions.

Impactful Community Connections

May 21, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. @Hilton Charlotte University

The north chapter of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance is hosting a panel focused on public-private partnerships, featuring leaders from Carolina Raptor Center, Duke Energy Foundation, Out Teach, SHARE Charlotte and TIAA.

How Do You Fill the Pipeline with Customers?

May 21, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. @Hurt Hub @Davidson

This month’s Lean Startup Circle LKN meetup features a workshop on inbound marketing, led by Marisa Rackson of Hubspot.

African-American Business Association Workshop & Meetup

May 21, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. @Arthur R. Edington Education & Career Center

In this workshop, Nadia Arbelo will present a talk on how entrepreneurs limit themselves and each other, and how to overcome these challenges.

Lunch & Learn: Demystifying the Patent Process

May 21, 12-1 p.m. @The Launch Factory

At this lunch and learn, SotoIP Co-Founder and Patent Attorney John Sotomayor covers everything from patent type definitions and qualifications, to the application process, to building an IP portfolio.

TechTalks: Bringing in the Right CTO or Tech Co-Founder

May 21, 12-1:30 p.m. @Advent Coworking

RMCSoft and Advent Coworking are hosting a panel discussion on the role of CTOs and technical co-founders in startup operations, and how to hire top talent.

2019 TECH CEO Online Auction

May 21-23

Register as a bidder for the NC TECH Association’s exclusive online auction, which offers the opportunity to win one-on-one meetings with executives at North Carolina tech companies. The auction supports NC TECH’s programming and founder’s scholarship.

2019 Coastal Entrepreneur Awards

May 22, 7:30-10 a.m. @UNCW Burney Center

UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Greater Wilmington Business Journal are co-hosting an awards program to spotlight the latest leaders and entrepreneurs in the Cape Fear region’s business community. (More coverage here.)

Breakfast w/ the New CEO of Charlotte Regional Business Alliance

May 22, 8:30-10:30 a.m. @The Employers Association

Leadership North Carolina is hosting a breakfast discussion with Janet LaBar, president and CEO of Charlotte Regional Business Alliance. Come to network and learn more about the Alliance’s programs in Charlotte.

1 Million Cups Asheville

May 22, 9-10 a.m. @RISC Networks

Asheville’s entrepreneurial community meets weekly to hear presentations and support one another in continuing to grow.

Charlotte Regional Business Alliance Young Professionals Mixer

May 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m. @Bulla Gastrobar

Join the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance for the next YP networking event. Registration is $5 in advance or $10 at the door.

Access to Capital Lunch and Learn w/ INVESTinNC & Coastal Women’s Ventures

May 23, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. @tekMountain

Join Coastal Women’s Ventures and INVESTinNC for an interactive and informative session to learn more about North Carolina’s investment crowdfunding options and how your business can benefit from them.

Lunch & Learn: Marketing with Science

May 23, 12-1 p.m. @HQ Greensboro

Learn the science and strategy behind viral marketing from Courtney Gatter, founder of Marketing with Science.

Venture Café Thursday Gathering

May 23, 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.

British American Business Council Charlotte After Hours

May 23, 5:30-7 p.m. @Big Ben Pub

British American Business Council-Charlotte is hosting an evening of networking with the Charlotte business community. Registration is free.

Getting Sh*T Done: Vetting Your Idea Before You Waste Money

May 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. @Advent Coworking

Sherrell Dorsey and Enovia Bedford, co-founders of BLKTECHCLT, will present a workshop covering the framework for vetting business ideas, maximizing time and resources, and how to reach out to prospective clients/partners.

BLKTECHCLT Collection @Sugar Creek Library Launch Celebration

May 25, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. @Charlotte Mecklenburg Library – Sugar Creek

Join BLKTECHCLT for a ribbon-cutting event as they launch their exclusive business resource book collection at Sugar Creek Library.

Charlotte Regional Business Alliance: Workforce Development & Education Committee

May 28, 8:30-10 a.m. @Goodwill Construction Skills Training Center

For this meeting, the Workforce Development and Education Committee will discuss local partnerships between the Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Central Piedmont Community College and The ROC, Inc.

Lunch & Learn: Scale from a Solid Foundation

May 28, 12-1 p.m. @The Collider

In this workshop, Sonya Rikhye of Forrest Firm will cover the legal process involved with starting and running a business.

Cape Fear Women in Tech Meetup

May 28, 5:30-7 p.m. @tekMountain

Cape Fear Women in Tech’s next meetup features a talk with GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Executive and Vice Chair of U.S. Women in Nuclear Jhansi Kandasamy.

Startup Grind Winston-Salem: Fireside Chat w/ Andy Zimmerman

May 28, 5:30-8 p.m. @Flywheel Coworking @ Center For Design Innovation

Join Startup Grind Winston-Salem for a special fireside chat with Andy Zimmerman, founder of Velocity Product Development and co-founder of HQ Greensboro.

Founders & Funders Happy Hour

May 28, 6-8 p.m. @Ink n Ivy

StartCharlotte is hosting an informal networking event for startup founders, investors and partners. Free beverages and hors d’oeuvres provided.

1 Million Cups Asheville

May 29, 9-10 a.m. @RISC Networks

Asheville’s entrepreneurial community meets weekly to hear presentations and support one another in continuing to grow.

Behind the Scenes: Silicon Valley, USA

May 29, 5-7:30 p.m. @Hurt Hub @Davidson

LaunchLKN is hosting a talk with entrepreneur John East, previously of Fairchild Semiconductor and Actel. He’ll share his perspective on watching Silicon Valley grow to the status it has reached today.

Technical Resume Writing Workshop

May 29, 7-8:30 p.m.

Tech Talent South is hosting a free resume writing workshop where a seasoned IT professional will provide tips for success.

Drive Electric: A Workshop for Adding EVs to Your Fleet

May 30, 9-11:30 a.m. @Centralina Council of Governments

Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition and Advanced Energy are hosting a free lunch and learn, providing information about electric vehicle benefits, charging stations and installation, funding options and more.

Skookum Volcano Tour

May 30, 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.

NEWilm Event, Featuring Bronto Software Co-Founder Joe Colopy

May 30, 4-7 p.m. @Ironclad Brewery

For its next event, Network for Entrepreneurs in Wilmington will host a conversation with Joe Colopy, co-founder of Bronto Software, who will share his entrepreneurial journey and latest work as the founder of GrepBeat.

Venture Café Thursday Gathering

May 30, 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.

Business After Hours (Charlotte Regional Business Alliance Ballantyne)

May 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m. @Springhill Suites Charlotte Ballantyne Area

Network over food and drinks with the Ballantyne chapter of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance.

Application Deadline: NC TECH Betsy Y. Justus Founders Scholarship

May 31

Established in memory of the founding CEO of the NC TECH Association, the Betsy Y. Justus Founders Scholarship supports young women who are pursuing an academic and career path in technology and engineering. The scholarship is offered on an annual basis. Two selected students will receive $4,000 and a Lenovo computer.