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 December. 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 November:

LaunchCARY Info Session

November 4, 7 p.m. @Cary Chamber of Commerce

LaunchCARY offers 10 weeks of classes geared toward anyone who is interested in starting their own business or for existing business owners seeking help. Classes begin in January 2020. Join this info session to learn more about the program and how to apply.

7th Plant Genomics & Gene Editing Congress

November 4-5 @StateView Hotel

This conference features 60 presentations across six tracks focused on novel gene-editing technologies, CRISPR and other related research projects.

AI Innovations Forum

November 4-5 @SAS

SAS and UNC’s Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise are hosting a conference that dives into AI and AI-related technologies such as machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing and computer vision. More TechWire coverage here.

Energy Week at Duke

November 4-7

Duke University’s fourth annual Energy Week gathers over 1,000 students, faculty and professionals for a series of educational and collaborative student-planned events. Highlights include the Duke Energy Conference, the Energy in Emerging Markets Case Competition, Energy Mix and more.

NC CEO Forum

November 5, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. @Raleigh Convention Center

The 10th annual NC CEO Forum aims to help local executives learn how to leverage new, disruptive technologies to their competitive advantage.

PwC Raleigh IPO Conference

November 5, 8-11:30 a.m. @Sheraton Imperial Hotel RDU

This conference includes practical insights on the timeline, costs and requirements of going public. Companies will leave with in-depth knowledge on how to navigate the IPO process.

CEOCircle Raleigh-Durham: Peer to Peer Learning for Established Businesses

November 5, 9:30-11:30 a.m. @Loading Dock Raleigh 

Bunker Labs RDU’s CEOCircle helps local veteran small business owners and entrepreneurs to position their companies for future growth. This program is designed for businesses that are beyond the idea stage of development.

On the Menu: How to Use LinkedIn Effectively

November 5, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. @The Frontier

Frontier RTP is hosting a workshop on creating a compelling LinkedIn profile. The session will be led by Hank Hoffmeier of iContact and the Triangle AMA Employment Services Group.

Power Shift: The Future of Energy & the Women Shaping It

November 5, 1-3 p.m. @Ocracoke Ballroom, Talley Student Union

NC State University’s Student Energy Club is hosting a panel discussion about the future of energy and the women shaping it. Panelists include Melanie Kenderdine of the Energy Futures Initiative, Mozine Lowe of the Centre for Energy Education, Dr. Johanna Mathieu of the University of Michigan’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science program, and Dr. Emily Grubert of Georgia Institute of Technology’s Civil and Environmental Engineering program.

NCBiotech’s 35th Anniversary Celebration

November 5, 3:30-6:30 p.m. @NCBiotech

Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center will be hosting an open house, a formal program and reception to commemorate its work building North Carolina’s life science community.

Energy Mix

November 5, 5-7 p.m. @Energy Hub, Gross Hall for Interdisciplinary Innovation

At this event, Duke students, faculty/staff and energy professionals will join to network over food and drinks. Organizers will also honor the winners of the 2019 Energy in Emerging Markets Case Competition.

3rd Annual Invented at Duke Celebration

November 5, 5-7 p.m. @Penn Pavilion

Duke University’s Office of Licensing and Ventures and Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative are co-hosting an event bringing together alumni, entrepreneurs, CEOs and investors to see inventions and startups led by faculty, staff and student researchers and innovators.

Basics of Bookkeeping Workshop

November 5, 6-8 p.m. @Wake Tech Community College, Northern Wake Campus

This seminar is for new business owners or folks who need a refresher on the basics of bookkeeping and accounting.

Energy in Emerging Markets Case Competition

November 5 @Duke Fuqua School of Business

At Duke University’s Energy in Emerging Markets Case Competition, teams will present innovative solutions to energy challenges affecting the developing world. $15,000 in prizes will be awarded.

Altru Gathering of Good

November 6, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. @McKimmon Center

Join the Triangle chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals for a discussion about building North Carolina’s next economy.

11th Annual Duke University Energy Conference

November 6, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. @Duke Fuqua School of Business

Part of Energy Week at Duke, this conference features keynotes focused on the evolution of production, distribution, storage and technology—and the disruption taking place within these markets.

1 Million Cups RTP

November 6, 9-10 a.m. @5 LABS

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 with Startup Marketing & Sales Directors

November 6, 12:30-1:30 p.m. @1789 Venture Lab

Join for a casual discussion and Q&A with executives and marketing directors at local startups. The speakers include Shannon Rentner of Smashing Boxes, Sumit Vohra of Lonerider, Carly Hemminger and Stacy Shannon of GoKart Kids, and Wendy Phillips of Certain, Inc.

Duke MBA Health Care Conference

November 6 @JB Duke Hotel

At this conference, the Duke MBA Health Care Club will discuss how various entities are tackling the rise in health care costs. The full-day event will have keynote speakers, panels and networking opportunities.

WRAL TechWire Live: Leadership in Rural Innovation

November 7, 7:30-10 a.m. @NC Rural Center

Our next WRAL TechWire Live event, presented by Wells Fargo, features a panel of innovators from from WRAL TechWire partner communities who are successfully creating urban-rural alliances to build economic growth in their regions. Read about the speakers here.

NC Chamber Energy Summit

November 7, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. @Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center

North Carolina Chamber is bringing state and local energy experts together to discuss the industry’s advancements and business practices.

Technology + The Law Symposium

November 7, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. @JB Duke Hotel

Michael Best and Duke University’s Office of Licensing and Ventures are hosting a full-day conference with keynotes and panels covering the intersection of technology and law.

Lunch & Learn: Environmental IoT – Listening to the Earth

November 7, 12-1 p.m. @HQ Raleigh

Join RIoT and Green Stream Technologies to learn about the technical, business and practical applications of eIoT.

Larger Than Life Science: Front and Center

November 7, 4-7 p.m. @The Chesterfield

Meet fellow entrepreneurs, get tips on growing your company and network with members of the life science community at Larger Than Life Science, a free event presented by LaunchBio. This month’s theme is “Front and Center,” featuring a talk on phase 1 drug testing and two panels covering clinical trial prep and women in science.

Cary Chamber Business After Hours

November 7, 5-7 p.m. @Woodland Terrace

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

Carolina Challenge Pitch Party

November 7, 5-8:30 p.m. @Blue Zone

At this event, student teams will get the opportunity to present their startup ideas to more than 250 judges. Amy Nelson, CEO of Venture for America, is the keynote speaker for this year’s program.

We Connect

November 7, 5:30-7 p.m. @MOFU Shoppe

Join Raleigh Chamber and the North Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for a social event celebrating the Hispanic business community. Drinks and appetizers will be served.

Raleigh Launch Party: Veterans in Residence Powered By Bunker Labs

November 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m. @WeWork Raleigh

Join the official launch party for Raleigh’s first WeWork Veterans in Residence Program Powered by Bunker Labs.

ABCs of Starting a Business Webinar

November 7, 6-7:30 p.m.

This webinar covers the basics of starting a business, including topics such as legal entities, financing options, business plans, and more.

Duke University Energy Innovation Showcase

November 7, 6-8 p.m. @Gross Hall Energy Hub

Part of Duke Energy Week, the Duke Energy Innovation Showcase showcases emerging technologies, creative business models and new ideas within the energy market.

UNC Business of Healthcare Conference 

November 8, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. @UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center for the Business of Health, Healthcare Club and Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise are hosting a conference with students, private sector executives, researchers and public policy leaders to discuss top healthcare challenges.

Courageous Conversation

November 8, 9-12 p.m. @Fidelity Investments

Next in Raleigh Chamber’s Courageous Conversation series, attendees will learn about how their company can be a catalyst for change in diversity, equity and inclusion. NC State’s GLBT Center and Poole College of Management will lead the discussion.

NC State Entrepreneurship Brews & Reviews

November 8, 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.

NCBiotech Jobs Network: Structured Networking

November 8, 12:30-2:30 p.m. @NCBiotech

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

Women in Tech Summit Southeast

November 8-9 @McKimmon Conference and Training Center

The conference brings together women at every level for hands-on tech workshops, discussions about trending topics in tech, and information on thriving through tech career phases.

TechGirlz Workshop: Make a Website Using HTML/CSS

November 9, 1-4 p.m. @McKimmon Conference and Training Center

Held during the Women in Tech Summit, this TechGirlz workshop will cover HTML and CSS for web development. Snacks will be provided.

Application Deadline: NC IDEA Ice House Facilitator Training (4th Cohort)

November 9 

NC IDEA’s three-day Ice House Facilitator Training, held December 10-12 in Hickory, aims to provide education and insight on the “entrepreneurial mindset” to innovators who want to solve social, political and economic problems. NC IDEA currently seeks education partners interested in offering the course at their institutions. Applications are due by 5 p.m. EST.

District C Pitch Event

November 11, 6-8 p.m. @HQ Gateway

District C is hosting four teams of high school students from 12 different schools, who will pitch solutions to real-world challenges posed by Republic Wireless and TEKsystems.

Internet Summit

November 12-14 @Raleigh Convention Center

Internet Summit is an annual conference focused on the future of the digital marketing sector. This year’s program will feature more than 90 in-depth sessions and workshops, networking tracks, talks with experts at leading brands, and more. More TechWire coverage here.

UNC IE Bagel Breakfast Social

November 12, 9:30-10:30 a.m. @UNC Institute for the Environment

UNC’s Institute for the Environment hosts a monthly breakfast inviting a guest speaker to discuss their latest research and projects.

Cary Chamber 101

November 12, 12-1 p.m. @Cary Chamber of Commerce

Learn about Cary Chamber of Commerce’s network and membership offerings at this lunch and learn. Lunch will be provided.

RTP Ag Club Luncheon

November 12, 12-2 p.m. @NC Biotech Center

At the next RTP Ag Club luncheon, Joy Parr Drach of Advanced Animal Diagnostics will present a talk titled “What Roller Coasters and Taxi Cabs Have to Do with the Future of Ag Innovation.”

Triangle Biotech Tuesday

November 12, 5:15-7:30 p.m. @5 Laboratory Drive

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

Women in Agribusiness RTP Meetup

November 12, 5:30-7 p.m. @La Cocina Mexican Restaurant

Join this meetup to network with women in agribusiness in Research Triangle Park and surrounding areas.

CED Network Meetup

November 12, 5:30-7 p.m. @Frontier 600

Council for Entrepreneurial Development members are invited to an evening of networking over drinks and light appetizers.

Pints & Pitches Chapel Hill

November 12, 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. More coverage here.

Glow & Grow Series: Amplify Your Business with Instagram

November 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. @Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (IEC)

This workshop will cover business marketing on Instagram, covering video, IGTV, emojis, gifs, geolocation, hashtags and apps.

DHIT Summit: Digital Health 360—Accelerating the Future of Health

November 13, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. @Bay 7, American Tobacco Campus

DHIT is hosting a conference to convene digital health leaders and stakeholders from around the world to discuss emerging technologies and the future of health.

Digital Health Happy Hour: DHIT Summit After Party

November 13, 5-7 p.m. @Boiler Room @ American Tobacco Campus

To conclude the DHIT Summit, DHIT is hosting a networking event at the Bioler Room in Durham. The featured pop-up speaker will be Kim Thies, VP and general manager of the Life Sciences Segment at Terazo.

Press Friendly Press Releases Workshop

November 13, 6-8:30 p.m. @Vibe Cary

Vibe Coworking is hosting a workshop to show small business owners how to produce a compelling press release. The session will be led by Emmy Award-winning WRAL anchor Sloane Heffernan.

NCREN Community Day

November 13-14 @Durham Convention Center

MCNC is hosting its annual Community Day to commemorate its 35 years of impact. The event includes talks from experts, learning labs, networking, and more.

PowerAmerica Wide Bandgap Devices & Applications Short Course

November 13-15 @PowerAmerica

This course covers the basics of SiC and GaN power electronics technology, providing instruction of wide bandgap fundamentals, application-specific case studies and hands-on laboratory demonstrations.

Lunch & Learn: Stop Building Stuff No one Wants

November 14, 12-1 p.m. @HQ Raleigh

In this lunch and learn, Vaporware Product Lead Dan Moore will show participants how to position their technology to markets before they commit more time to building features that won’t be used.

TriWiSTEM Advancing Your Career Series: Social Media

November 14, 12-1 p.m. @NCBiotech

TriWiSTEM is hosting its third session in the “Advancing Your Career “series, focused on providing tools to help attendees advance their career.

Webinar: 3 Crucial Steps to Turn a Conversation into a Client or Sale

November 14, 12-1:15 p.m.

This 90-minute webinar will help small business owners understand how to effectively sell their products/services and convert potential leads into customers.


November 14, 2-4 p.m. @Johnston Community College

JOCO WORKS, presented by Novo Nordisk, is hosting a career exposition for 8th grade students in Johnston County. Students will have the opportunity to explore career paths and meet top employers in the Triangle.

NC Global Advantage Forum

November 14, 2-6 p.m. @RTI International

The inaugural NC Global Advantage Forum features discussions on North Carolina’s global engagement efforts, plus a keynote from former NC Governor James B. Hunt, Jr.

UNC Startup Internship Meet and Greet

November 14, 5-7 p.m. @Launch Chapel Hill

At this event, UNC student jobseekers will meet with alumni who are looking to hire interns at their startup.

Lessons from Liquidia: Designing Precision Drugs to Transform Pharma

November 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m. @Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery, Great Room

At the next Carolina Innovations Seminar, Liquidia Technologies Vice President of Legal Affairs and Secretary Shawn Glidden will share an insider’s perspective on how helped to transform the company’s biotech concept into a pre-commercial public entity.

NC Open Pass DataPalooza

November 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m. @Red Hat Annex

NC Open Pass’s DataPalooza is an annual conference and showcase that brings together coders, designers, startups and government to create positive change through open data.

Agile Transformations: Fairy Tales & Horror Stories

November 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m. @NC State Club

Join CompTIA AITP’s RTP chapter at its November meeting to hear stories of success and failure in the agile process. The discussion will be led by Keith Boswell, senior director of Agile, DevOps and Business Agility at Eliassen Group.

From Pipedream to Plate: Starting Your NC Food Business

November 14, 6-8 p.m. @HQ Gateway

This seminar is for folks who are looking to launch small-scale food businesses. The discussion will cover legal requirements, permits, production and distribution, financial considerations and marketing strategies.

Raleigh Chamber Coffee w/ HH Architecture President & CEO Kristen Hess

November 15, 7:30-9 a.m. @Raleigh Chamber of Commerce

Join Raleigh Chamber for its next “Coffee with Leaders” program, featuring Kristen Hess, president, CEO and business development leader of HH Architecture.

Triangle Tech Net

November 15, 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.

HQ Raleigh Community Lunch

November 15, 12-1 p.m. @HQ Raleigh

Join HQ Raleigh for networking and a nice meal from Alpaca Chicken.

Application Deadline: City of Raleigh Impact Partner Grant Proposals

November 15

The City of Raleigh’s Impact Partner Grant program provides funding for new programs and resources that aim to assist entrepreneurs, small businesses and the local workforce.

Application Deadline: Launch Chapel Hill Cohort 13

November 15

Launch Chapel Hill is currently seeking entrepreneurs for the next cohort of its 16-week accelerator program, starting in spring 2020.

TechGirlz Workshop: 3D Computer Graphics & Animation with Clara.io

November 17, 2-4:30 p.m. @Cameron Village Regional Library

In this workshop, students can get an introduction to 3D computer graphics and modeling using software programs like Clara.io.

LaunchCARY Info Session

November 18, 12 p.m. @Vibe Cary

LaunchCARY offers 10 weeks of classes geared toward anyone who is interested in starting their own business or for existing business owners seeking help. Classes begin in January 2020. Join this info session to learn more about the program and how to apply.

North Carolina Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Summit

November 18-19 @Hilton Raleigh North Hills

NC IDEA is hosting its first-ever North Carolina Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Summit with a goal to engage organizations, companies and leaders who support the state’s thriving entrepreneurial community. More TechWire coverage here.

Global Entrepreneurship Week at NC State

November 18-24 @NC State

NC State University’s Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) includes several events across campus celebrating innovators and job creators who launch impactful startups.

Workforce Ready 2019: Disability Works

November 19, 8:30-11:30 a.m. @NC State McKimmon Center

This event brings together business owners, recruiters, executives, operations managers, talent acquisition leaders and HR professionals to hear from other business leaders who have successfully integrated individuals with disabilities into their diversity and inclusion initiatives.

NU Tech Roundtable

November 19, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. @NC Biotech Center

The NU Tech roundtable connects university researchers and startups in the Triangle to major healthcare and life science companies and representatives. For its 10th annual event, Nagoya University (NU) will focus on the agriculture and biotechnology (agbiotech) market.

Women > A Force in Business: Raleigh

November 19, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. @Raleigh 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.

Raleigh Chamber Black Business Momentum Series

November 19, 6-8 p.m. @Garner Town Hall

Raleigh Chamber’s next “Black Business Momentum Series” event features a workshop on customer service and client interaction. The seminar will be led by Sheila Johnson-Chaney, president of SJC Speaks!, LLC. A light dinner will be provided.

RAP III (RIoT Accelerator Program) Pitch Night

November 19, 6-8:30 p.m. @Hayti Heritage Center

Join RIoT as the latest cohort of the RIoT Accelerator Program (RAP) competes for the coveted RIoT Championship Belt.

Fidelity Investments Speaker Series: Robotics, Survivor & the Meaning of Control

November 19, 6:30 p.m. @NC State Engineering Building 2

Fidelity Investments is hosting a talk on robotics led by Christian Hubicki, former contestant on CBS’ Survivor and assistant professor at Florida State University.

Global Perspectives on Technology Commercialization

November 20, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. @RTP Foundation

This half-day event covers international investing, partnering and licensing with foreign companies, resources to help companies expand abroad, and more.

NAWBO Greater Raleigh Business Luncheon

November 20, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. @Sheraton Imperial Hotel RDU

The Raleigh chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is hosting a luncheon focused on overcoming barriers in leadership and business. The session will be led by Gloria Shealey, president and CEO of The Daniele Company.

Lunch & Learn: Data in Parsimony

November 20, 12-1 p.m. @Torus

Join RIoT to learn how Torus leverages shape analytics to mitigate energy and communication bandwidth constraints, fuse heterogeneous data sets, and make the most out of sensor signals and resource-constrained systems.

Raleigh Chamber Young Professionals Network Conference

November 21, 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. @Raleigh Convention Center

At this half-day conference, Raleigh Chamber’s Young Professionals Network will meet to discuss professional development and leadership topics. This year’s keynote speaker is Candice Webb, director of StrongPoints at Meredith College.

Triangle TechBreakfast

November 21, 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.

DevOps & DataOps: Automation for Deployment & Integration

November 21, 12-1 p.m. @HQ Raleigh

Join this RIoT-hosted lunch and learn to hear from CaddieTech on how to create pipelines and orchestrate business processes to connect hundreds of services in cloud and on-premises using pre-built plugins.

RTP180: Physics

November 21, 5-7:30 p.m. @The Frontier

The next “RTP180” event features a panel of five local experts who will discuss how physics relates to their field.

NC Tech Awards Gala

November 21, 5:30-9:30 p.m. @Raleigh Convention Center

NC TECH’s statewide awards gala celebrates organizations and individuals who are driving North Carolina’s innovation economy for their achievements. Read about the finalists here.

TechGirlz Workshop: Text Mining – How Companies Analyze Online Reviews

November 21, 6-8 p.m. @Optum

In this workshop, students will learn how word maps are used as a tool to analyze customer experience. Snacks will be provided.

NC Rural Assembly

November 21-22 @Hilton Raleigh North Hills

The North Carolina Rural Center is hosting an event with two days full of content, conversations and celebration centered around how creativity can empower local communities to create meaningful results that improve quality of life and economic sustainability.

NC State Entrepreneurship Brews & Reviews

November 22, 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.

Midtown Techies: Meet Your Neighbors in Tech

November 26, 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.

Triangle Tech Net

November 29, 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.