WRAL TechWire keeps tabs on the latest and greatest meetups, panels, workshops, conferences, application deadlines and all things happening in the North Carolina startup world.

“The Headliners” is a multi-part weekly roundup of upcoming events to add to your calendar. To find out what’s happening in cities outside of the Triangle, check out part two of the “Headliners” column. Another post highlights events in October. Meetups that occur regularly are listed here. If you’d like your event to be included, feel free to send me an email.

Check out a full range of events on TechWire’s interactive calendar for more, along with our comprehensive resource guide for startups in the Triangle.

Here’s our lineup of Triangle events through the end of September:

Raleigh Chamber Business After Hours

September 9, 5:30-7 p.m. @Four Points by Sheraton Raleigh North

Join Raleigh Chamber at Four Points by Sheraton Raleigh North for an evening networking event with 100 members of the business community. This event is free for employees of Chamber member firms.

International Symposium on Precision Systems & Data Analysis in Animal Agriculture

September 9-10 @StateView Hotel

NC State University’s Food Animal Initiative is hosting a two-day conference covering research into the use of sensors and data mining in precision livestock farming.

Black Communities: A Conference for Collaboration

September 9-11 @Carolina Theatre

The three-day Black Communities Conference features panel discussions, local tours, film screenings, workshops, keynotes and more programming aimed to foster collaboration among black communities.

Getting Gender Smart: Impact Investing with a Gender Lens

September 9-11 @Duke Fuqua School of Business

This two-day course hosted by Duke’s CASE i3 Initiative on Impact Investing focuses on deploying capital for women and girls, covering topics including fund and deal selection, impact management and portfolio improvement.

Application Deadline: NC IDEA SEED

September 9

The NC IDEA SEED grant program offers a select group of early-stage startups $50,000 in funding before they seek future investments. Recipients will also receive mentorship from NC IDEA and access to its network of investors and business leaders.

Application Deadline: NC IDEA MICRO

September 9

Applications are open for NC IDEA’s MICRO grant program. Funding of up to $10,000 will be awarded to early-stage companies seeking to validate and further develop their ideas. Recipients will also receive mentorship from NC IDEA and access to its network.

Triangle BABCNC Technology & Economic Development Panel

September 10, 8-10:30 a.m. @Mayton Inn

NC TECH, the Triangle British American Business Council and the Organization of Women in International Trade-Greater Triangle are hosting a panel of experts for a discussion on technology’s role in economic development.

Downtown Techies Durham Happy Hour

September 10, 5-7 p.m. @Tobacco Road Sports Cafe

Downtown Techies Durham is back with another happy hour event this month in the Bull City. Join to connect with fellow members of the tech community.

Triangle Biotech Tuesday

September 10, 5:15-7:30 p.m. @5 Laboratory Drive

Triangle Biotech Tuesday, a monthly event series, connects scientific professionals across the Research Triangle area.

Pints & Pitches Chapel Hill

September 10, 6-7:30 p.m. @The Pit Chapel Hill

Join Chapel Hill Economic Development for appetizers and networking with local entrepreneurs, startup teams, freelancers and professionals. Attendees can pitch their business ideas.

Funders & Founders Connect 

September 10, 6-8 p.m. @WeWork Durham.ID

WeWork is hosting a networking event and discussion with Bull City Venture Partners General Partner David Jones. Join to grow your network and learn more about the VC-founder relationship.


September 10-11 @Raleigh Convention Center

Presented by Raleigh-based Pendo, Pendomonium is an annual conference that showcases the product experience and deisgn process behind developing software. More TechWire coverage here.

Angel Capital Association Southeast Regional Meeting

September 10-11 @Research Triangle Park

The Angel Capital Association, RTP Capital Associates and The Launch Place are hosting an event featuring workshops and keynotes covering regional entrepreneurial ecosystem building, models of angel investing, the dynamics of investor networks and investment syndication.

1 Million Cups RTP

September 11, 9-10 a.m. @American Underground (@Blackwell/ATC)

1 Million Cups, presented by Kauffman, is a weekly informal pitch event for the startup community. Join for free coffee and entrepreneurial support as local startups deliver their presentations.

Lunch & Learn: Why IP Strategy Matters

September 11, 12-1 p.m. @Smashing Boxes

At this lunch and learn, SotoIP Cofounder and Patent Attorney John Sotomayor will cover the factors startups need to consider when protecting their intellectual property.

PowerAmerica Technical Webinar

September 11, 12-1 p.m.

NC State’s PowerAmerica Institute is hosting a webinar with Ohio State University High Voltage and Power Electronics Laboratory Director Dr. Jin Wang, who will present a talk: “Basics and New Methods for Driving High Power Wide Bandgap Power Devices.”

Big Launch Challenge

September 11, 1:30-6 p.m. @RTP HQ

This year’s Big Launch Challenge will be held at the Angel Capital Association’s Southeast Regional Meeting. Ten select startups will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to investors and potentially land funding from The Launch Place’s pre-seed and seed funds. The first-place winner will receive $15,000; second-place will receive $5,000. Read about the finalists here.

On the Menu: Body Language – Building Rapport

September 12, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. @The Frontier

RTP Frontier is hosting a workshop on non-verbal cues and signals. Participants can learn how their body language can influence an interaction for better or worse. Lunch will be provided.

Lunch & Learn: Data in the Driver’s Seat

September 12, 12-1 p.m. @HQ Raleigh

Join Klarrio and RIoT for a meetup covering the Data Services Hub (DSH) traffic streaming data platform.

WIB-RTP: Young Women In Bio Presents Biogen’s ‘Back to School’ Event

September 12, 3:45-6 p.m. @Biogen

At this career-focused event, students will participate in hands-on experiments and tours with female biotech professionals at Biogen. Pizza will be served.

Digital Therapeutics: Software as Treatment

September 12, 5:30-6:30 p.m. @Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery

UNC’s Office of Technology Commercialization is hosting a seminar on the state of the digital therapeutics industry, presented by Sarah Jackson and Carly Levin of Click Therapeutics.

Global Health Happy Hour

September 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m. @TRU Deli & Wine Bar

This free event brings together global health leaders, professionals and advocates for an evening of networking in the Triangle.


September 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m. @NC State Talley Student Union, Stafford Commons

Join Entrepalooza to check out the latest innovative projects, ventures and initiatives being launched by NC State students, faculty and alumni.

CompTIA AITP RTP Meetup: The Great Cloud Debate

September 12, 5:30-8:30 p.m. @The Frontier

For its next meeting, CompTIA AITP’s RTP chapter will host a special debate on cloud technology. The speakers include Chris Marin of Microsoft, Ciprian Popoviciu of Merit Network, Jason Lamb of NC State University and Michael Morris of NetApp and Greg Naderi of Transmira (moderator).

WIB-RTP: Demystifying Entrepreneurship

September 12, 6-8 p.m. @NC Biotech Center

Women in Bio-RTP is hosting a panel of local female founders and business owners for a discussion on starting a business, creating a business plan and attracting funding. Food and drinks provided.

How Gender Bias Affects How We Decide & Connect

September 12, 6-8 p.m. @The Umstead

Ellevate’s Triangle chapter is hosting a talk on gender bias and its impact on professional relationships. The session will be led by Dr. Elizabeth Dickinson, clinical associate professor of management and corporate communication at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Innovate Carolina Network Forum: Innovation by Design

September 13, 9-11 a.m. @The Carolina Inn

Join UNC Chapel Hill Interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz to hear his vision and strategies for boosting the university’s role as an innovation-driven institution. Light breakfast will be served.

NC State Entrepreneurship Brews & Reviews

September 13, 10-11 a.m. @NC State Partners I Building, Garage Classroom

NC State Entrepreneurship’s “Brews & Reviews” program connects student entrepreneurs with industry partners, who can offer advice and answer questions about the startup growth process.

Accelerating the Circular Economy (Epsilon Eta + Institute for the Environment)

September 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. @UNC Frank Porter Graham Student Union Auditorium

UNC’s Institute for the Environment is hosting a panel covering how circular economy practices can be incorporated into supply chains. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Application Deadline: DHIT Startup Pitch Competition

September 13

DHIT is hosting its inaugural startup pitch competition at the 2019 DHIT Summit on November 13 in Durham. The organization welcomes early-stage healthcare startups to apply for the opportunity to pitch their products and services to a live audience. Applications are due at 5 p.m. EST.

Kaleidoscope Biz Fest

September 14, 12-7 p.m. @Rhythms Live Music Hall

The Kaleidoscope Women’s Entrepreneurship Festival features dietary-conscious food, a diverse lineup of speakers, a yoga session and a vendor showcase.

Black Entrepreneurship Week

September 16-20

Shaw University’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center is hosting a full week of insightful talks, panels and other events across downtown Raleigh to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the Triangle community. More details here.

CED Network Meetup

September 17, 5:30-7 p.m. @HQ@Centennial

Council for Entrepreneurial Development members are invited to an evening of networking every quarter. Light appetizers and beverages will be served.

All Things Open RTP Meetup: ATO 2019 Preview

September 17, 6-8 p.m. @IBM Software Development Center

Check out a special preview of this year’s All Things Open conference. The event will offer swag, free passes and previews of the speakers on the 2019 agenda.

RIoT XXXVII in Washington DC

September 17, 6-8 p.m. @Mindspace

RIoT is coming to Washington DC for its next regional innovation event. The program features a lineup of speakers, sponsor exhibits and talks on data security, network facility management, IT provisioning and more.

ImBlackInTech Monthly Mixer Series

September 17, 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.

Less Hustle, More Flow: Improving Your Entrepreneurial Efficiency

September 17, 6-8 p.m. @Raleigh Chamber of Commerce

Next up in its Back Business Momentum seminar series, Raleigh Chamber will host a workshop covering business workflows, time management, optimizing productivity and more.

Empowering Women Together Monthly Meeting

September 18, 9:30-11:30 a.m. @First Flight Venture Center

Empowering Women Together’s September meetup features a talk on small wins and progress-oriented mindset.

Ag Tech Professional Forum

September 18, 4-7 p.m. @NC Biotech Center

This event convenes local ag tech entrepreneurs, professionals and leaders for an evening of networking and engagement outside of the traditional workplace environment.

Digital Health Happy Hour

September 18, 5-7 p.m. @HQ Gateway

DHIT’s free networking event comes to HQ Raleigh’s new Gateway location this month. Join to connect with fellow entrepreneurs, investors and community leaders over craft beers.

You Can Be a Photographer: Photography for Marketing

September 18, 5-8:30 p.m. @First Flight Venture Center

In this workshop, students will learn about the different types of photography and editing components. They’ll also be able to tour Hangar6, a prototyping and design space in RTP.

TiE-RIoT PitchFest

September 18, 6-9 p.m. @RTP HQ

RIoT and TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) have partnered for a pitch event featuring presentations from select female founders in the Triangle.

Application Deadline: NCBiotech Translational Research Grant

September 18

The NC Biotech Center’s Translational Research Grant program provides funding of up to $100,000 to aid in the commercial development of university-held life science inventions.

Triangle TechBreakfast

September 19, 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.

Emperor’s New Clothes: Digital Transformation Within IT

September 19, 9-10:45 a.m. @WeWork Durham.ID

NC TECH is hosting a discussion on how businesses can adopt emerging technology to improve their internal IT operations.

Informing Innovation

September 19, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. @Hamner Conference Center

Hosted by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s Life Science Intelligence program, this event covers resources for accessing, understanding and managing market reports, literature and data.

AMA Triangle: Beyond Social Media – Using Data to Engage Millennials & GenZ

September 19, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. @Brier Creek Country Club

For AMA Triangle’s next meeting, Mockingbird Lab Founder Lucy Caldwell will present a talk on how brands can better engage with members of the Millennial and GenZ generations.

Cary Chamber Business of Women

September 19, 12-1:15 p.m. @Prestonwood Country Club

In Cary Chamber’s next “Business of Women” series, Town of Cary Chief of Strategic Communications Susan Moran will present a talk: “Wine, Women and Working for the People.”

Cary Chamber Business After Hours

September 19, 5-7 p.m. @Fortnight Brewing Company

Join Cary Chamber for an evening of networking with other local professionals over beverages.

RTP180: Medical Devices

September 19, 5-7:30 p.m. @The Frontier

Join RTP Frontier and five local experts for a panel about innovations in the medical industry, including IoT devices, hospital sensors, cancer treatment, cannabis, drones and more.

RTCC Cleantech Innovators’ Networking

September 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m. @Duke Energy

Join the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster to welcome the newest class of cleantech startups in the Joules Accelerator. Come meet the startups, hear their pitches and network with peers over drinks.

Bunker Brews Raleigh-Durham: LinkedIn for Entrepreneurs

September 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m. @American Underground (@Main)

For this month’s Bunker Brews event, Bunker Labs RDU is hosting an informative seminar with Army veteran and LinkedIn expert Calvin Johnson.

Raleigh Chamber Annual Meeting Day

September 20, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. @Raleigh Convention Center

Raleigh Chamber of Commerce is hosting a full-day annual meeting featuring panels with successful entrepreneurs, networking and a business showcase.

Triangle Tech Net

September 20, 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.

NC State Computer Science Entrepreneurship Connect Social

September 20, 1-3 p.m. @Entrepreneurship Garage

NC State’s Department of Computer Science is hosting a special networking event with CS students and early-stage entrepreneurs.

Duke Law Tech Lab Demo Day

September 20, 6-8:30 p.m. @Duke I&E Bullpen

Duke University’s Law Tech Lab will graduate its latest cohort with a special demo day. Join to hear about the group’s innovations in legal technology.

NC Chamber Health Care Conference

September 20 @Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center

North Carolina Chamber’s annual Health Care Conference brings together industry leaders for a day of discussion surrounding value-driven healthcare.

Civic Camp

September 20-21 @Red Hat Annex and Artspace

This annual event is a space for citizens, businesses and government representatives to innovate and launch community development projects.

Designing Mobile Apps

September 21, 2-5 p.m. @Willow Tree

In this TechGirlz event, students will work in teams to form a mobile app idea, develop a project concept and present it for feedback.

Brunch with an Innovative Bunch 

September 22, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. @BLUE- Carmichael Residence Hall

At this brunch event, Innovate Carolina will present a rundown of resources available to UNC students interested in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Black Founders Exchange

September 22-27 @American Underground

Run in partnership with Google for Startups, Black Founders Exchange is a week-long immersive accelerator program for Black founders in Durham’s startup community.

Application Deadline: Duke Incubation Fund

September 23

The Duke Incubation Fund provides several grants of up to $20,000 for innovators with promising projects in the idea-stage.

UNC University Research Week

September 23-27 @UNC Chapel Hill

UNC Chapel Hill’s annual University Research Week is a chance for all campus departments to host activities promoting research in their area of study.

Midtown Techies: Meet Your Neighbors in Tech

September 24, 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.

North Carolina’s Emerging Leaders

September 24-25 @NC Chamber Office, Raleigh

The second class of NC Chamber’s Emerging Leaders program will present several talks on professional development and leadership at this two-day event.

Nordic Tech Tour: Raleigh

September 25, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. @Sheraton Imperial Hotel Raleigh-Durham Airport at RTP

Nordic Semiconductor is hosting a technical seminar covering the company’s wireless solutions and emerging products.

Duke Digital Health Day

September 25, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. @Trent Semans Center

Duke University’s Mobile App Gateway is hosting a full-day conference covering “Digital Health Across the Lifespan.” Lunch will be provided.

ProductCampRTP Fall 2019 Conference

September 25, 5-9 p.m. @NCSU Hunt Library

The 11th annual ProductCampRTP Fall Conference will feature a night of networking and discussion focused on the 50-year anniversary of the Moon landing.

‘Where Do I Fit?’ Workshop

September 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m. @1789 Venture Lab

1789 is hosting a workshop on personality differences. Participants will take an assessment and learn how to match their personality, skills and interests with different roles in the startup world.

Invest in Cures & Rare Disease Forum

September 25-26 @NC Biotech Center

LaunchBio, UNC’s Catalyst for Rare Diseases, the Rare Disease InfoHub and NCBiotech are partnering to hold a two-day forum focused on nonprofit disease foundation investments in rare disease therapeutics.

Black Wall Street: Homecoming

September 25-27 in Downtown Durham

This annual conference brings the startup community together for a three-day experience celebrating diverse, multicultural entrepreneurs and investors in Durham.

Lunch & Learn: Certifications Beyond FCC

September 26, 12-1 p.m. @HQ Raleigh

In this lunch and learn, Tim Sweet of DNA Group will discuss federal product regulations and the common requirements among different agencies.

Lunch with Venture for America

September 26, 12:30-3:30 p.m. @UNC Chapel Hill, Carmichael Hall (Blue Makerspace)

UNC student entrepreneurs: Join this event to meet a Venture for America representative and learn how to pitch your startup.

Pathogens Gone Global: Disease Ecology & Evolution in a Changing World

September 26 @Duke University, Trent Semans Great Hall

This free event features the latest findings in parasite transmission, host-pathogen environmental responses and predicting disease emergence.

RTCC Members-Only Breakfast Series

September 27, 8-9 a.m. @PowerAmerica

The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster is launching a members-only networking breakfast series. The inaugural event will feature a talk from Regional Transportation Alliance Executive Director Joe Millazzo. Breakfast will be provided.

Robot Rumble

September 27, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. @The Frontier

NC TECH’s Robot Rumble is a corporate team-building experience that will bring the tech sector together in a competition to benefit FIRST North Carolina‘s robotics programming and NC TECH’s Betsy Y. Justus Founders Scholarship.

Art of Cool Festival

September 27-29 in Downtown Durham

Join the sixth annual Art of Cool Festival held in Downtown Durham. Jill Scott and Run DMC will headline this year’s program.

Application Deadline: StudioDuke

September 29

Presented by Duke I&E, Duke Entertainment, Media & Arts Network and Duke Arts, StudioDuke is a two-semester lab and mentorship program for undergraduate, graduate and professional students who are developing creative projects.

NCBiotech Jobs Network: Structured Networking

September 30, 12:30-2:30 p.m. @NC Biotech Center

This event, hosted by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, helps attendees practice and grow their networking skills and expand their professional networks.