RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – WRAL TechWire keeps tabs on the latest and greatest meetups, panels, workshops, conferences, application deadlines and all things happening in the entrepreneurial, technology and business communities in the Triangle and across North Carolina.

Following is a list of events across Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and the greater Triangle area through the end of March. Many events will be held in person, as some organizers are returning to a live format.

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Rural Summit 2023: Driving Policy Change

March 20–21 @Raleigh Convention Center

North Carolina Rural Center’s annual Rural Summit will cover various policy and development issues impacting the state’s rural communities. This year’s theme is “Driving Policy Change: All Roads Lead to Rural.”

Larger Than Life Science: Building the C-Suite

March 21, 4-7 p.m. @Discovery at Perimeter Park

LaunchBio’s Larger Than Life Science series focuses on building a support network for life science and health care companies in North Carolina. Join this event for a discussion on building the C-suite, plus networking and a tour of Discovery at Perimeter Park.

Duke MBA Health Care Conference

March 22, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. @Fuqua School of Business

Duke University’s full-day Health Care Conference will convene students, faculty/staff, academic and health care institutions and companies to discuss pertinent topics such as precision medicine, big data and remote patient monitoring.

Application Deadline: NCBiotech’s Flash Grant Program

March 22, 12 p.m.

For its Flash Grant program, the North Carolina Biotech Center is looking for innovative life science technology ideas with commercial potential. Up to $20,000 may be requested.

Cary Chamber Business Expo 2023

March 22, 12-5 p.m. @Prestonwood Country Club

Cary Chamber’s Business Expo showcases local small businesses across a range of industries. Past events have drawn hundreds of attendees. The event includes networking, exhibitors, giveaways and more.

Building Custom GPS Trackers From Scratch

March 22, 1-2 p.m. (online)

In this virtual lunch and learn, TJ VanToll of Blues Wireless will discuss the basics of GPS tracking and how to use it in projects.

ALA: Launch Sessions

March 22, 5-6 p.m. (online)

In this four-session series, NC State entrepreneurs will learn how to articulate and communicate their value to accelerator/incubator programs, customers, investors and other stakeholders.

NC Chamber’s 81st Annual Meeting & Awards

March 22 in Raleigh

At its 81st annual meeting, NC Chamber will honor individuals leading the state’s business community through its Distinguished Citizenship Award and Distinguished Public Service Award.

Help Prepare the Next Generation of Talent

March 23, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. @Raleigh Founded Gateway

This session will cover how District C’s Teamship program is working to address areas of demand for the student workforce, including readiness for entry-level roles, shifts in education, real-world experiences and more.

Social Impact Happy Hour

March 23, 4:30-6:30 p.m. @Raleigh Founded Gateway

Raleigh Founded will host a free networking event to connect individuals in the social impact scene. Complimentary beer and wine will be provided.

Cary Chamber Business After Hours

March 23, 5-7 p.m. @The Reserve at Mills Farm

Cary Chamber’s next Business After Hours will be held at The Reserve at Mills Farm this month. Join to network with local professionals over beverages and appetizers.

UNC Cleantech Summit

March 27–28 @Friday Conference Center

UNC’s Cleantech Summit is back for another year of networking, keynotes, panels, workshops and other sessions covering topics such as the energy transition, energy policy, carbon capture and removal, electric vehicles, green hydrogen, energy storage and more.

2023 CALS HOT Jobs Fair

March 28, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. @NC State’s Talley Student Union

In this job fair, hundreds of students across NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences can meet with employers hiring for full-time jobs and summer internships.

Raleigh Chamber Sustainability Conference 2023

March 29, 8:30-11:30 a.m. @Raleigh Convention Center

Raleigh Chamber’s Sustainability Conference will convene regional executives, community leaders and elected officials to discuss sustainability best practices and partnerships that impact the Triangle region.

Virtual Tech Job Expo 101: How Does It Work?

March 29, 10-10:45 a.m. (online)

Ahead of the Spring Virtual Tech Job Expo on April 12, NC TECH will host an online tour of the Premier Virtual platform so employers and job seekers can organize their profiles and prepare to make new connections at the event.

High Power Capacitors: Recent Design Trends & Tips

March 29, 1-2 p.m. (online)

This online lunch and learn will cover design considerations and parameters for selecting a capacitor for high power applications.

ALA: Launch Sessions

March 29, 5-6 p.m.

In this four-session series, NC State entrepreneurs will learn how to articulate and communicate their value to accelerator/incubator programs, customers, investors and other stakeholders.

Venture Connect 2023

March 29–30 @GSK

The Council for Entrepreneurial Development’s annual Venture Connect conference brings together tech and biotech companies, investors, business leaders, executives and others to network and hear pitches from scaling startups in the Southeast.

Venture Connect Summit from CED plans 2-day event in March

Durham SOUP Spring 2023

March 30, 6:30-8 p.m. @American Underground

This micro-granting contest will feature four pitches from local early-stage founders or community members with ideas for a venture. The audience will vote on their favorite pitch, and the winner will take away more than $1,000.

NC TECH’s Diversity + Inclusion in Tech Summit

March 30 @Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Conference Center

NC TECH will host a one-day conference offering strategies and perspectives on implementing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace.

14th Annual Alternative Investments Conference

March 30 @Carolina Inn

This annual event from UNC Chapel Hill’s Institute for Private Capital covers the latest trends and topics in alternative investments. It typically draws professionals across private equity, venture capital, hedge fund and alternative asset markets.

Early Application Deadline: 101 Weston Labs

March 31

101 Weston Labs is a new accelerator from Cary-based Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina. The three-month program targets North America-headquartered startups developing solutions for independent insurance agencies. It includes weekly training seminars, coaching/mentoring from experts and entrepreneurs, access to a network of insurtech investors and stakeholders, and connections to independent distribution channels. The first cohort will run from June to August. Final applications are due on May 5.

Application Deadline: IdeaFest Business Pitch Competition

March 31

The Launch Place is accepting applications for its eighth annual IdeaFest, where nearly a dozen finalists will pitch their ideas to judges and a live audience. The top three winners will get $10,000. The event is scheduled for April 20 in Danville, Virginia. (Note: The Launch Place is based in Virginia, but it has an office in RTP and invests in Triangle-area startups.) 

Application Deadline: NC State’s Andrews Launch Accelerator

March 31

NC State’s 14-week Andrews Launch Accelerator provides equity-free seed capital, business development learning modules, guidance and resources to help student founders enter the next stage of their startup journey.