On the horizon: Previewing 80+ upcoming events across NC in October


Plenty of technology and life science events and deadlines are on tap for October.

If you’re interested in events coming up in the immediate future, check out our two-part list of:

Also, check out our list of 140+ meetups in the Triangle.

These columns accompany our interactive calendar, along with a comprehensive resource package for startups in the Triangle.

Keeping up with WRAL TechWire’s continued initiative to track events happening across North Carolina, here’s a look at what’s to come in October:

Raising Money: The Basics

October 1, 6:30-8 p.m. (online)

The Hurt Hub@Davidson is hosting a four-week course on fundraising for startups. Join to learn about how the process works, when to raise funding, what types of capital are available, and more important information to know as you prepare to fundraise.

Wake Tech Small Business Center Pre-Launch Series

October 1, 6:30-8 p.m. (online)

Wake Technical Community College’s Small Business Center is hosting a new eight-week webinar series with tips and best practices for new business owners who are ready to launch their product or service. Each week will cover a new topic.

Get2Know NC TECH Webinar

October 2, 9-9:30 a.m.

This free monthly interactive webinar provides participants with an overview of NC TECH’s activities, resources and member offerings.

UNCW CIE Dial-Up Disrupt

October 2, 12-1 p.m. (online)

UNCW’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship is hosting a weekly discussion where members of the community share their ideas for innovative products/services.

UNC Gillings Faculty Entrepreneurship Panel

October 2, 12-1 p.m. (online)

In this webinar, faculty from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health will share how they built successful non-profit and for-profit ventures.

Application Deadline: City of Raleigh Building Up-Fit Grant

October 2

The City of Raleigh’s Building Up-Fit Grant helps to fund improvements, renovations and/or additions to local businesses’ interior property.

GDG Cloud RTP Meetup

October 4, 10-11 a.m. (online)

This weekly meetup brings together developers, IT professionals and tech enthusiasts who are interested in the Google Cloud Platform.

NC State Entrepreneurship Start Here Monday

October 5, 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.

Cape Fear Region Minority Enterprise Development Week

October 5-10

UNC Wilmington’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion are co-hosting a week-long event to celebrate the achievements of local minority entrepreneurs. The event will feature networking opportunities, workshops and more sessions.

Making Energy Work 2020: Investment Capital in Clean Energy

October 6, 3 p.m. (online)

The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association is hosting a monthly webinar series with local and national experts covering clean energy trends. This month’s topic is: Investment Capital in Clean Energy – Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Headed.

Code for Chapel Hill

October 6, 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.

Digital Marketing: How to Setup & Measure Business Analytics

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

This webinar, hosted by the Wake Tech Small Business Center, will show participants how to convert digital marketing data into business insights.

UNC Charlotte Cybersecurity Symposium 2020

October 6-8 (online)

UNC Charlotte’s College of Computing and Informatics is hosting its annual Cybersecurity Symposium, focused on the latest security issues, trends and best practices for businesses.

Agile Week Carolinas

October 6-9 (online)

In this week-long series of events, attendees will hear from experts on what’s new, changing or trending in the Agile community.

1 Million Cups Lake Norman

October 7, 7:30-9 a.m. (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

October 7, 8:30-10 a.m.

Held every month, 1 Million Cups Charlotte features a presentation from a local startup followed by a Q&A from the community. Free coffee is included.

1 Million Cups Wilmington

October 7, 9-10 a.m. (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 RTP

October 7, 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.

Sustainable Fleet Technology Virtual Conference 2020

October 7, 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.

Packard Place Public House

October 7, 4:30-6:30 p.m. (online) 

On the third Wednesday of every month, the Queen City’s entrepreneurial community joins together for an evening of networking and connections over drinks.

Submission Deadline: 2020 Cleantech Innovation Awards

October 7

The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster is hosting its second annual Cleantech Innovation Awards on December 9. Nominations are open for the top individuals and organizations driving the Triangle’s cleantech sector.

Doing Business with Government Entities

October 8, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (online)

This virtual event will feature a panel on doing business with government agencies. Speakers include procurement and finance professionals from UNCW, New Hanover County Government, Cape Fear Public Utility and PTAC.

Duke-CZI Neurodegeneration Challenge Network: Bench to Bedside Series

October 8, 3 p.m. (online)

This month, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative Community Project at Duke University is hosting a series of online events to connect local academic and biotech researchers, as well as patients and clinicians working in the neurodegeneration field. (Note: Attendees must register by October 2.)

Wake Tech Small Business Center Pre-Launch Series

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

Wake Technical Community College’s Small Business Center is hosting a new eight-week webinar series with tips and best practices for new business owners who are ready to launch their product or service. Each week will cover a new topic.

Triangle Tech Net

October 9, 7-10 a.m. (online)

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

NC State Entrepreneurship Idea Test Zone

October 9, 10-11 a.m. (online)

NC State Entrepreneurship’s Idea Test Zone series provides an opportunity for students to meet with mentors to share their business ideas and discuss potential next steps.

UNCW CIE Dial-Up Disrupt

October 9, 12-1 p.m. (online)

UNCW’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship is hosting a weekly discussion where members of the community share their ideas for innovative products/services.

GDG Cloud RTP Meetup

October 11, 10-11 a.m. (online)

This weekly meetup brings together developers, IT professionals and tech enthusiasts who are interested in the Google Cloud Platform.

NC State Entrepreneurship Start Here Monday

October 12, 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.

Triangle Biotech Tuesday

October 13, 5:15-7:30 p.m. 

Triangle Biotech Tuesday is a monthly meetup that connects scientific professionals across the RTP/greater Triangle area. Join for food, drinks and networking with professionals from different industries. The group meets on the second Tuesday of every month.

Code for Durham: Civic Hacking Session

October 13, 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.

3rd Quarter Business Tax & Financial Planning

October 13, 12-1 p.m. (online)

In this virtual workshop, CPA Jill Ruvidich will lead small business owners through the process of reviewing their books, projecting 2019 tax liabilities, assessing their cash flow, and other important areas of tax planning.

1 Million Cups Lake Norman

October 14, 7:30-9 a.m. (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.

NC TECH Virtual Job Fair

October 14, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (online)

NC TECH’s Job Fair series connects local tech talent to the companies and organizations looking to hire in the community. This full-day event will be held virtually.

1 Million Cups Wilmington

October 14, 9-10 a.m. (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 RTP

October 14, 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.

Packard Place Public House

October 14, 4:30-6:30 p.m. (online) 

On the third Wednesday of every month, the Queen City’s entrepreneurial community joins together for an evening of networking and connections over drinks.

Application Deadline: NCBiotech Innovation Impact Grant

October 14

The NC Biotechnology Center’s Innovation Impact Grant provides up to $150,000 for the purchase of research equipment for university core facilities.

ReCONNECT to Move Forward: A Digitally Inclusive NC

October 15, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (online)

The Institute for Emerging Issues’ ReCONNECT to Move Forward program is a three-part series of virtual events held in September and October. The topic of this session is digital inclusion in North Carolina.

Making Energy Work 2020: Integrating Clean Energy into Utility Resource Planning

October 15, 3 p.m. (online)

The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association is hosting a monthly webinar series with local and national experts covering clean energy trends. This month’s topic is: Integrating Clean Energy into Utility Resource Planning.

Duke-CZI Neurodegeneration Challenge Network: Bench to Bedside Series

October 15, 3 p.m. (online)

This month, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative Community Project at Duke University is hosting a series of online events to connect local academic and biotech researchers, as well as patients and clinicians working in the neurodegeneration field. (Note: Attendees must register by October 2.)

Wake Tech Small Business Center Pre-Launch Series

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

Wake Technical Community College’s Small Business Center is hosting a new eight-week webinar series with tips and best practices for new business owners who are ready to launch their product or service. Each week will cover a new topic.

UNCW CIE Dial-Up Disrupt

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

UNCW’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship is hosting a weekly discussion where members of the community share their ideas for innovative products/services.

Application Deadline: Duke Incubation Fund

October 16

The Duke Incubation Fund provides grants of up to $20,000 for early-stage entrepreneurs working on technologies with commercial potential.

GDG Cloud RTP Meetup

October 18, 10-11 a.m. (online)

This weekly meetup brings together developers, IT professionals and tech enthusiasts who are interested in the Google Cloud Platform.

NC State Entrepreneurship Start Here Monday

October 19, 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.

IoT Demo Night 2020

October 19, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

RIoT’s annual IoT Demo Night, presented in partnership with All Things Open, will feature exhibitors, speakers, live demos and more sessions highlighting IoT innovations.

All Things Open: Inclusion & Diversity in Open Source

October 19

Part of All Things Open 2020, this conference will feature talks and panel discussions focused on diversity and inclusion in the open-source community.

All Things Open 2020: Community Leadership Summit

October 19 (online)

Part of All Things Open 2020, this one-day event will offer several sessions covering community-focused open-source topics.

All Things Open 2020

October 19-20 (online)

This year’s All Things Open conference will take place online. Designers, developers, entrepreneurs and technologists can attend to learn more about the tools, processes and people that make up the open-source community.

Electrification Virtual Summit

October 19-23 (online)

EPRI’s Electrification Summit is now moving online. Industry stakeholders are invited to join and discuss ways to accelerate the adoption of end-use electrification solutions.

Precision Medicine Leaders’ Summit

October 20, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. @NCBiotech

Presented by the North Carolina Precision Health Collaborative, this conference will feature discussions on advancing the science and implementation of evidence-based precision medicine.

Government Vendor Network

October 20, 3-4:30 p.m. (online)

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

Code for Chapel Hill

October 20, 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.

1 Million Cups Lake Norman

October 21, 7:30-9 a.m. (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 Wilmington

October 21, 9-10 a.m. (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 RTP

October 21, 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.

Sustainable Fleet Technology Virtual Conference 2020

October 21, 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.

Cleantech Connect Career Fair

October 21, 4-7 p.m. @McKimmon Center

The 7th Cleantech Connect Career Fair will gather hundreds of local jobseekers to connect with cleantech employers seeking talent.

Packard Place Public House

October 21, 4:30-6:30 p.m. (online) 

On the third Wednesday of every month, the Queen City’s entrepreneurial community joins together for an evening of networking and connections over drinks.

Venture Atlanta Live Online

October 21-22 (online)

Venture Atlanta will be presented in an online format this year. Join for two days of discussion around the latest venture capital trends in the Southeast.

Application Deadline: Innovate Carolina Dreamers-Who-Do Award

October 21

This award is open to UNC-Chapel Hill students with innovative ideas. Funding will be provided to support the winner as they enter the proof-of-concept process.

Virtual NC HUB & NC DBE Certification Info Session

October 22, 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.

Duke-CZI Neurodegeneration Challenge Network: Bench to Bedside Series

October 22, 3 p.m. (online)

This month, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative Community Project at Duke University is hosting a series of online events to connect local academic and biotech researchers, as well as patients and clinicians working in the neurodegeneration field. (Note: Attendees must register by October 2.)

Wake Tech Small Business Center Pre-Launch Series

October 22, 6:30-8 p.m. (online)

Wake Technical Community College’s Small Business Center is hosting a new eight-week webinar series with tips and best practices for new business owners who are ready to launch their product or service. Each week will cover a new topic.

Triangle Tech Net

October 23, 7-10 a.m. (online)

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

NC State Entrepreneurship Idea Test Zone

October 23, 10-11 a.m. (online)

NC State Entrepreneurship’s Idea Test Zone series provides an opportunity for students to meet with mentors to share their business ideas and discuss potential next steps.

UNCW CIE Dial-Up Disrupt

October 23, 12-1 p.m. (online)

UNCW’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship is hosting a weekly discussion where members of the community share their ideas for innovative products/services.

GDG Cloud RTP Meetup

October 25, 10-11 a.m. (online)

This weekly meetup brings together developers, IT professionals and tech enthusiasts who are interested in the Google Cloud Platform.

NC State Entrepreneurship Start Here Monday

October 26, 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.

Code for Durham: Civic Hacking Session

October 27, 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.

Downtown Techies Happy Hours @Midtown

October 27, 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.

Digital Marketing: How to Use Square

October 27, 6:30-8 p.m. (online)

This webinar, hosted by the Wake Tech Small Business Center, will show participants how to use Square Marketing to grow revenue and consumer engagement.

1 Million Cups Lake Norman

October 28, 7:30-9 a.m. (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 Wilmington

October 28, 9-10 a.m. (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 RTP

October 28, 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.

Packard Place Public House

October 28, 4:30-6:30 p.m. (online) 

On the third Wednesday of every month, the Queen City’s entrepreneurial community joins together for an evening of networking and connections over drinks.

ReCONNECT to Move Forward: Mental Health & Well-Being

October 29, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (online)

The Institute for Emerging Issues’ ReCONNECT to Move Forward program is a three-part series of virtual events held in September and October. The topic of this session is how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts mental health and well-being.

Duke-CZI Neurodegeneration Challenge Network: Bench to Bedside Series

October 29, 3 p.m. (online)

This month, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative Community Project at Duke University is hosting a series of online events to connect local academic and biotech researchers, as well as patients and clinicians working in the neurodegeneration field. (Note: Attendees must register by October 2.)

Wake Tech Small Business Center Pre-Launch Series

October 29, 6:30-8 p.m. (online)

Wake Technical Community College’s Small Business Center is hosting a new eight-week webinar series with tips and best practices for new business owners who are ready to launch their product or service. Each week will cover a new topic.

UNCW CIE Dial-Up Disrupt

October 30, 12-1 p.m. (online)

UNCW’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship is hosting a weekly discussion where members of the community share their ideas for innovative products/services.



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