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 January 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 events coming up in February. 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 January—most have been switched to a virtual format due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements. 

Talent Network: Not All Digital Transformations Are Created Equal

January 19, 9 a.m. (online)

NC TECH’s next Talent Network event will cover digital transformation strategies for businesses in 2020 and 2021.

NC TECH Virtual Workshop: Advancing Your Cybersecurity

January 19, 12-1 p.m. (online)

NC TECH is hosting an interactive discussion on how businesses and organizations can leverage the 208-M State Contract to advance their cloud, endpoint and XDR security.

Spacewalk 2021

January 19, 12-1:30 p.m. (online)

All Things Open’s second annual Spacewalk event returns in 2021 to feature a preview of ATO’s upcoming calendar, new initiatives and projects.

Idea to Market: Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Workshops

January 19, 12-2 p.m. (online)

Duke University’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative and First Flight Venture Center are hosting three seminars this month covering early-stage ideation, opportunity identification, and go-to-market strategies.

How to Find & Get a Small Business Grant

January 19, 1-2 p.m. (online)

In this webinar hosted by the Durham Chamber, participants will learn how to find, apply for and win a public or private small business grant.

NC TECH Government Vendor Network

January 19, 3-4 p.m. (online)

NC TECH’s Government Vendor Network is a forum for member companies that are interested in doing business with state government.

Code for Durham: Civic Hacking Session

January 19, 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.

Application Deadline: 2021 UNC Health Innovation Pilot Awards

January 19

UNC’s Center for Health Innovation provides pilot funding to UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine employees for innovations across a range of health care applications. As many as four awards of up to $50,000 each will be announced in March 2021.

Submission Deadline: RTI University Scholars Program

January 19

RTI International’s University Scholars Program will provide financial support for tenured or research-track academic faculty members focused on racial equity and policy. The program is open to faculty from Duke University and the University of North Carolina’s 16 university campuses. Expression of interest submissions are due on Jan. 19.

1 Million Cups RTP

January 20, 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.

Power Your Job Search with Google Tools

January 20, 1-2 p.m. (online)

The Durham Chamber of Commerce is hosting a webinar on how to find and track new job opportunities using Google Search.

North America Safety Regulatory Framework

January 20, 1-2 p.m. (online)

This virtual lunch and learn will cover product certification requirements in both the U.S. and Canada.

Ellevate Webinar: Reclaim Ease with Money

January 20, 6-7 p.m. (online)

The Triangle chapter of Ellevate is hosting a webinar featuring best practices for creating and managing an effective business budget.

Raleigh Chamber Young Professionals Network Conference

January 20-21 (online)

Raleigh Chamber’s Young Professionals Network is hosting a two-day virtual conference featuring prominent speakers discussing how they’re activating change.

Thermo Fisher Virtual Hiring Event

January 21, 10 a.m. (online)

Thermo Fisher Scientific is hosting a virtual hiring event to find local talent for several positions, including formulation technician, QC scientist, R&D scientist and maintenance technician.

A Global Perspective on Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Building

January 21, 11 a.m. (online)

In this virtual event, Forward Cities CEO Fay Horwitt and Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs Senior Regional East Africa Chapter Manager Maryanne Ochola will discuss approaches to building healthy entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Grow With Google Series

January 21, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (online)

The Cary Chamber of Commerce, Wake Tech Small Business Center and the Town of Cary are hosting a webinar covering online marketing strategies to help local businesses and nonprofits increase their revenue both during and after the COVID-19 crisis.

NC Clean Energy Technology Center Seminar Series

January 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m. (online)

The NC Clean Energy Technology Center is hosting a webinar focused on bus electrification and new advances in electric transit and school buses.

RTP180: Cleantech

January 21, 6-7 p.m. (online)

This month’s RTP180 event will focus on cleantech, featuring short talks from Andy Honeycutt of MeterSYS, Kasey Gridley of Duke Energy, Mark Martyak of PowerSecure, Jeff Kirschner of Litterati and Sushant Shetgeri of Hoffman Building Technologies.

NC IDEA Spring 2021 Grants Information Session

January 22, 3-4:30 p.m. (online)

Join NC IDEA for a virtual information session about the upcoming round of SEED and MICRO grants. Applications for the spring 2021 grants cycle open on February 1 and are due on March 1.

Barber & Cosmetology Business Summit

January 25 (online)

This free virtual summit aims to inform barbers, natural hair practitioners and cosmetologists of the information, best practices and resources they can use to create a sustainable business in their profession.

Duke Research Week 2021

January 25-29 (online)

Duke University’s annual Research Week is back this year with a virtual celebration of novel research accomplishments from students and faculty.

Urban Land Institute Triangle: Fireside Chat with Mark Vitner

January 26, 8:30-10 a.m. (online)

In this virtual event, Urban Land Institute Triangle will host a fireside chat with Wells Fargo Managing Director and Senior Economist Mark Vitner, who will discuss 2021 trends in capital markets, banking, investor sentiment, and more.

Raleigh Chamber Coffee with Sharat Nagaraj

January 26, 9-10 a.m. (online)

Raleigh Chamber is hosting a virtual event with Sharat Nagaraj, the president and CEO of Raleigh-based telecommunications company Celito Communications.

NC TECH Department of Defense Cybersecurity Regulations Workshop

January 26, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (online)

In this NC TECH webinar, IT and cybersecurity leaders will learn about how to comply with new cybersecurity regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Info Session: Map the System Global Challenge

Janaury 26, 12-1 p.m. (online)

Map the System is a pitch competition for social innovations focused on solving complex problems. Teams from UNC will compete for a cash prize of $500. Join this info session to learn more about the program and how to apply. The application deadline is Jan. 31.

Women Excelling in Entrepreneurship

January 26, 12-1 p.m. (online)

100 Women and UNC’s Eship Center are hosting a virtual panel with four female entrepreneurs sharing their startup journeys.

Idea to Market: Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Workshops

January 26, 12-2 p.m. (online)

Duke University’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative and First Flight Venture Center are hosting three seminars this month covering early-stage ideation, opportunity identification, and go-to-market strategies.

Competitive Edge: How Edge Computing Takes Business to the Next Level

January 26, 4-6 p.m. (online)

RIoT is hosting a virtual event discussing how businesses can take advantage of edge computing technology.

Downtown Techies Happy Hours @Midtown

January 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.

Duke MEDx Entrepreneurship Workshop Series

January 26, 7-10 p.m. (online)

Duke MEDx’s free Entrepreneurship Workshop Series features interactive talks from local experts. Events will be held on select Tuesdays and Thursdays via Zoom.

Cary Chamber Breakfast with the Mayor

January 27, 7:30-9 a.m. @Prestonwood Country Club & online

Cary Chamber is hosting a breakfast event with Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, who will recap the last year’s happenings and preview what’s to come in 2021.

2021 Outlook for Tech

January 27, 8:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. (online)

NC TECH’s 2021 Outlook for Tech event will center around the theme: “So…What’s Next?” The program will include executive briefing presentations, the release of the NC STIR 2021 report, tech talks, CIO panel discussions and a preview of NC TECH’s next year or programming.

1 Million Cups RTP

January 27, 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.

NC4ME & Durham NCWorks Virtual Hiring Event

January 27, 9:45 a.m. – 3 p.m. (online)

NC4ME and NCWorks of Durham are hosting a virtual hiring event to convene recruiters and hiring managers with veterans, transitioning service members, guard/reserves and military spouses.

NAWBO Raleigh Business Luncheon

January 27, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (online)

The Raleigh chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is hosting a virtual panel of financial and legal experts discussing PPP, budgeting, creating a COVID-19 compliant workplace and avoiding pandemic pitfalls.

Fireside Chat with Eric Happel

January 27, 12-1 p.m. (online)

Launch Chapel Hill and UNC’s Entrepreneurship Center are hosting a fireside chat with Nike retail strategy leader Eric Happel, who will share why he left Nike for a startup, his experience building a startup, and his later return to Nike with newfound experience.

Delivering FIDO2 Passwordless Authentication for PSD2 Compliance & Risk Mitigation

January 27, 1 p.m. (online)

StrongKey is hosting a webinar covering Payment Services Directive (PSD2) requirements and compliance, risk analysis of SCA methods, and FIDO2 implementation best practices for banks, merchants and PSPs.

How a Simple Solder Sphere Solves Today’s EMI Shielding Challenges

January 27, 1-2 p.m. (online)

This virtual workshop will cover how SnapShot board level EMI shielding from XGR Technologies helps to overcome the shortcomings of traditional board level shielding solutions.

NC Rural Center REDI 30 Year Celebration

January 27, 4-5 p.m. (online)

In this virtual event, the North Carolina Rural Center will celebrate the impact of its Rural Economic Development Institute leadership initiative.

Innovate Carolina Seminar: Innovation for the Public Good

January 27, 4:30 p.m. (online)

This webinar hosted by Innovate Carolina will center around how to think about social innovation.

Raleigh Chamber Newly Elected Officials Series

January 28, 9-10 a.m. (online)

The Raleigh Chamber of Commerce is hosting an interactive two-part virtual series featuring newly elected state and local officials.

Public Health Genomics in Action

January 28, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (online)

In this virtual event, Sara Imhof of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center will discuss the NC Precision Health Collaborative, a public-private initiative to advance precision health through innovation and partnership.

Digital Accessibility 101 Webinar

January 28, 12 p.m. (online)

Forrest Firm and Ablr are hosting a webinar on digital accessibility and what that means for your business, your brand and your endeavors to be inclusive from a legal, business and user perspective.

On the Menu: Transitioning to a Career in IT

January 28, 12-1 p.m. (online)

RTP’s On the Menu series returns virtually this month to cover the necessary steps to transition to a new career in IT.

BioGrow: Training & Education Across North Carolina

January 28, 12:30-5 p.m. (online)

This virtual event will feature panels of students, hiring managers and training institutions discussing careers in biopharma manufacturing.

Virtual NC HUB & NC DBE Certification Info Session

January 28, 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.

Creating a Space for Black Student Entrepreneurs

January 28, 6-7 p.m. (online)

UNC-Chapel Hill’s Eship Center is hosting a webinar featuring Black student entrepreneurs sharing their journyes.

Raleigh Chamber Professional Women’s Luncheon

January 29, 10-11:30 a.m. (online)

In this virtual event, local women leaders will deliver short talks about the state of women in leadership.

Triangle Tech Net

January 29, 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.

TriWiSTEM Virtual 2021 Kickoff Event

January 29, 12-1 p.m. (online)

TriWiSTEM is hosting a virtual 2021 kickoff to highlight the group’s work and discuss one woman’s STEM journey.

Application Deadline: Pitch – A Competition for Black Student-Founders

January 29

Duke University and North Carolina Central University invite student entrepreneurs and recent alumni to showcase their businesses at pitch: A competition for Black student-founders. Participating entrepreneurs will present their startups and receive expert feedback from investors. Prize money will be awarded.

NC State Make-A-Thon 2021

January 29-31 (online)

In NC State’s Make-A-Thon, students will compete in teams to create a solution to a sustainability challenge. Students will then pitch their ideas to judges for a chance to win $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place.

Application Deadline: Map the System Competition

January 31

Map the System is a pitch competition for social innovations focused on solving complex problems. Teams from UNC will compete for a cash prize of $500, funded by Innovate Carolina’s Dreamers-Who-Do Fund. Finalists will then take part in the global Map the System Challenge.