Editor’s note: WRAL TechWire’s event calendars are part of our weekly Startup Monday package.


Here’s our exclusive roundup of upcoming events across North Carolina through the end of October. Included are the latest meetups, conferences, workshops, application deadlines and networking events in Asheville, Charlotte, the Triad, Wilmington and other parts of the state.

Many events will be held in person, as some organizers are returning to live events. Others will be held virtually and are noted as such.

If you’d like to submit an event for WRAL TechWire’s statewide events calendar, feel free to reach out here


Taking the Leap

Oct. 23, 6-8 p.m. (online)

Offered by the NC Small Business and Technology Development Center, Taking the Leap is a free, four-week cohort covering the ins and outs of starting a business, including identifying target markets, writing business plans, running finances and branding/marketing.

1 Million Cups Lake Norman

Oct. 25, 7:30-9 a.m. @Jay Hurt Hub for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (& online)

Every Wednesday morning, entrepreneurs in the Lake Norman area join to present their companies to mentors, advisers and other startups. Join to meet new people and collaborate with fellow entrepreneurs.

1 Million Cups Charlotte

Oct. 25, 8-9 a.m. (online)

Held every week, 1 Million Cups Charlotte features a presentation from a local startup followed by a Q&A from the community.

1 Million Cups Fayetteville

Oct. 25, 9 a.m. @Fayetteville Tech Community College

Entrepreneurs in Fayetteville are welcome to attend 1 Million Cups every Wednesday to present their ventures and meet other founders in the area.

1 Million Cups Wilmington

Oct. 25, 9-10 a.m. @UNCW CIE (& online)

This weekly event brings together entrepreneurs in the Wilmington and Cape Fear community to gather for coffee, casual startup pitches and conversation.

1 Million Cups Asheville

Oct. 25, 9-10 a.m. @Hatch Innovation Hub

Asheville’s startup community meets weekly to hear pitches from local founders and network with peers, investors and business leaders.

Prepare for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday & Cyber Monday

Oct. 26, 6-7:30 p.m. (online)

Wilson Community College’s Small Business Center will host an online workshop offering strategies for small businesses to make the most out of the holiday sales season.

Is There Still Room for Humans in an AI-Generated Future?

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

This virtual discussion will cover business, ethical, regulatory and cultural considerations surrounding artificial intelligence. It’ll also explore the concept of a co-generated future with humans and AI coexisting with common goals.