WRAL TechWire keeps tabs on the latest and greatest meetups, panels, workshops, conferences, application deadlines and all things happening in the North Carolina startup/tech world. “The Headliners” is a multi-part weekly roundup of upcoming events to add to your calendar.

Following is a list of December events in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and the greater Triangle area. To find out what’s happening this month in cities outside of the Triangle, check out part two of the “Headliners” column. Another post highlights January events. Meetups that occur regularly are listed here.

If you’d like your event to be included, feel free to send me an email.

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

Note: The following list is our lineup of Triangle events through the end of December—most have been switched to a virtual format due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements. 

NC State Entrepreneurship Start Here Monday

December 14, 1-2 p.m. (online)

NC State Entrepreneurship is hosting a virtual open house every Monday to meet with students and answer any questions they have about entrepreneurship and launching a venture at NC State University.

Wake Tech Fall 2020 AFA-Visual Arts Emerging Artist Virtual Exhibition

December 11-14 (online)

Wake Tech Community College’s Associate Fine Arts Visual Arts Program is host hosting a virtual exhibition to showcase the work students have produced this year in their drawing, 2D and 3D design, painting and digital design courses.

Application Deadline: 2021 Raleigh Chamber Emerging Leaders Program

December 14

Emerging Leaders connects local professionals with prominent executives for a five-session mentorship program centered on leadership.

Raleigh Chamber C-Suite Perspectives

December 15, 9-10:30 a.m. (online)

This month’s Raleigh Chamber C-Suite Perspectives event will feature Cree | Wolfspeed CEO Gregg Lowe, who will discuss how his company and employees are adapting to the pandemic.

NCBiotech Life Sciences Marketing Group

December 15, 12-1 p.m. (online)

During this meeting, NCBiotech’s Life Sciences Marketing Group will share the results of a survey exploring how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the marketing field this year.

Advancing Your Cybersecurity Webinar

December 15, 12-1 p.m. (online)

This NC TECH webinar will feature a discussion on how organizations can leverage the 208-M State Contract to advance their cloud, endpoint and XDR security posture processes.

Ecommerce Open Mic: Live Q&A Hour

December 15, 1-2 p.m. (online)

This virtual event will include a live Q&A centered around ecommerce topics such as couponing, payment gateways, tax calculations, and more.

Selling Through Social: Develop Your Strategy for the New Year

December 15, 1-2 p.m. (online)

This webinar will show business owners how to use simple, targeted tools to sell products/services to potential clients and customers through social media platforms.

Code for Chapel Hill

December 15, 6-8 p.m. (online)

Join the Code for Chapel Hill meetup to network with like-minded individuals and work on civic hacking projects. Meetings are held every two weeks on Tuesdays.

Black Business Momentum: Intellectual Property

December 15, 6:30-8 p.m. (online)

Raleigh Chamber’s next Black Business Momentum event will feature a lesson from intellectual property attorneys Shawna Lemon and Deirdre Beasley of Stanek Lemon Crouse + Meeks, PA, on how businesses can protect their intellectual property assets.

RTP NSBE Certifications Panel & Round Table Discussion

December 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (online)

The Research Triangle Professionals Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers is hosting a webinar in which members and guests will share how they used certifications to boost their careers.

1 Million Cups RTP

December 16, 9-10 a.m. (online)

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.

Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program at RDU

December 16, 10-11:30 a.m. (online)

This virtual info session will cover the Airport Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program, administered by the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority. Attendees will learn more about how the program works and how to apply for ACDBE certification.

CPA 4th Quarter Webinar for Small Businesses

December 16, 12-1 p.m. (online)

This online workshop will cover important tax considerations for the fourth quarter of 2020.

Virtual Lunch & Learn: Smart Farming with IoT

December 16, 1-2 p.m. (online)

In this virtual lunch and learn, Tony Sammarco of Device Solutions and Kyle Woosley of EnVision EES will share how automated systems can help players in the poultry and hog production ecosystem achieve a fast return on investment.

Sustainable Fleet Technology Virtual Conference 2020

December 16, 2-3:30 p.m. (online)

The fourth annual event of its kind, the 2020 Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference will feature the latest trends and tech in sustainable fleet operations and implementation. This year’s program will be presented in a series of 12 webinar sessions, held from July to December. See the list of dates here.

Cary Chamber Business of Women

December 17, 12-1 p.m. (online)

This month’s Cary Chamber Business of Women event will feature Rebecca Corbin of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, who will discuss the organization’s research from their work with women entrepreneurs.

Virtual NC HUB & NC DBE Certification Info Session

December 17, 2:30-4 p.m. (online)

The City of Raleigh is hosting monthly virtual workshops on the benefits of the HUB (Historically Underutilized Business) and DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) certification programs.


December 17, 3:30-4:30 p.m. (online)

NC IDEA LABS is a four-week customer discovery program that helps idea-stage entrepreneurs take their first steps towards building a successful startup. Interested applicants can join this Q&A session with LABS Director John Austin hear more about the program and how to apply for the February 2021 cohort. Applications are due on Jan. 3.

Raleigh Chamber Young Professionals Network Social

December 17, 4:30-5:30 p.m. (online)

In this virtual event, members of Raleigh Chamber’s Young Professionals Network will convene for a casual after-work social.

Triangle Tech Net

December 18, 11:30 a.m. (online)

This free bi-monthly event offers a space for local tech professionals to build connections and find potential job opportunities.

Application Deadline: Venture Connect Online 2021 Pitches

December 18

Applications are open for companies interested in pitching in the Council for Entrepreneurial Development’s Venture Connect Online 2021 conference, held March 23-25.

Code for Durham: Civic Hacking Session

December 22, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (online)

Code for Durham brings together technologists, designers, developers, data scientists, map makers and activists to collaborate on civic technology projects. Meetings are held every two weeks on Tuesdays.

1 Million Cups RTP

December 23, 9-10 a.m. (online)

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.

Application Deadline: CED GRO 2021 Cohort

December 23

The Council for Entrepreneurial Development’s GRO program is a nine-week incubator that provides programming and coaching to high-growth tech and life science companies. The 2021 cohort will begin in February.

Downtown Techies Happy Hours @Midtown

December 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.

1 Million Cups RTP

December 30, 9-10 a.m. (online)

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.