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March calendar preview: A first look at 76 statewide events, application deadlines coming up


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

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

We also have a list of recurring monthly 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 ongoing initiative to track events happening across North Carolina, here’s a look at what’s to come in March:

Application Deadline: NC IDEA SEED & MICRO Grants (Spring 2021)

March 1

The NC IDEA Foundation is offering two grant opportunities for startups this season: NC IDEA MICRO provides $10,000 project-based grants to entrepreneurs looking to validate and advance their ideas. NC IDEA SEED provides $50,000 grants to early-stage companies, giving them the boost they need to scale faster.

Application Deadline: NC State Sweat Equity Challenge

March 1

NC State’s Sweat Equity Challenge is an app idea competition for undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty/staff, who will receive customer/market feedback to validate their ideas, develop a prototype, launch a startup and begin looking for funding to help take their business to the next level.

Using Jenkins to Build, Deploy & Automate

March 2, 12-1:30 p.m. (online)

This virtual workshop, hosted by All Things Open RTP, will cover the basics of setting up a Jenkins project, configuration options, customization, and more.

Mountain BizWorks PPP 2.0 Information Update

March 2, 3-4 p.m. (online)

Mountain BizWorks is hosting a series of webinars each week on Tuesday to share the latest information about the new round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding.

AMA Triangle DEI Workshop: Multicultural Marketing Strategies

March 2, 4-6 p.m. (online)

This event is the third event in AMA Triangle’s three-part workshop series focusing on defining unconscious and conscious biases.

Code for Durham: Civic Hacking Session

March 2 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.

Duke MEDx Entrepreneurship Workshop Series

March 2, 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.

2021 Urban Land Institute Carolinas Meeting

March 2-3 (online)

Hosted by ULI Charlotte, ULI South Carolina and ULI Triangle, this virtual meeting will bring together every sector of the real estate market to network and collaborate with the top speakers and leaders in the industry.

1 Million Cups Lake Norman

March 3, 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.

Cary Development Projects: Downtown & All-Around

March 3, 8-9 a.m. (online)

Cary Chamber is hosting a webinar with Town of Cary Director of Economic Development Ted Boyd, who will share updates on current and future projects in and around the downtown area.

1 Million Cups Charlotte

March 3, 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 Wilmington

March 3, 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

March 3, 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.

Kenan-Flagler Dean’s Speaker Series: Darren Walker

March 3, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (online)

This webinar, hosted by UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Dean Doug Shackelford, will feature a discussion with Ford Foundation President Darren Walker.

Lunch & Learn: The Serverless Approach to the Edge

March 3, 1-2 p.m. (online)

This virtual lunch and learn will feature a presentation from James Thomason, the CTO and co-founder of the intelligent edge computing platform EDJX.

Strategic Patent Protection: Why & How It Matters

March 3, 3-4 p.m. (online)

In this virtual lunch and learn, SotoIP Founder and Principal John Sotomayor will share case studies and tips on how businesses can protect their IP for new products and services.

Packard Place Public House

March 3, 5:15-6:30 p.m. (online) 

Every two weeks, Charlotte’s entrepreneurial community joins together virtually for an evening of networking and connections over drinks.

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Application Deadline: synerG Young Professional Career Seeker Cohort

March 3

synerG’s three-month Young Professional Career Seeker Cohort will facilitate local experts to support Greensboro-area jobseekers with things like resume review, LinkedIn training and other hurdles they may be facing in the job search process.

SBIR/STTR R&D Funding Introduction

March 4, 2-3 p.m. (online)

Join the North Carolina Small Business & Technology Development Center for a detailed overview of the SBIR/STTR federal R&D funding mechanisms for small businesses.

Ellevating Together Series

March 4, 6-7 p.m. (online)

The Triangle chapter of Ellevate is hosting a roundtable discussion featuring women at all career stages.

Get2Know NC TECH Webinar

March 5, 9-9:30 a.m. (online)

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

On the Menu: Zoom Like an Actor

March 8, 12-1 p.m. (online)

In this month’s On the Menu workshop, attendees will learn how to build authentic connections through Zoom. They’ll also participate in mock interviews to practice what they learned.

The Intersection of COVID-19: Moving in a New Direction

March 5, 12-1:30 p.m. (online)

The RTP/Southeast Region Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association is celebrating International Women’s Day with a panel of healthcare experts from IQVIA, Pfizer, UNC Rex Healthcare, and the NC Council for Women and Mental Health, who will share data points and lessons learned in the COVID-19 pandemic so far.

RIoT Your Reality Challenge Kickoff Event

March 8, 1-2:30 p.m. (online)

Join this virtual event to learn how you can win up to $40,000 in prizes and a place in the RIoT Accelerator Program by solving real-world problems while creating a sustainable business using augmented reality. RIoT Your Reality Challenge applications are due on March 31.

Raleigh Chamber Professional Women’s Luncheon

March 9, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (online)

Raleigh Chamber’s next Professional Women’s Luncheon will feature a panel of business leaders sharing their leadership journeys and achievements, and discussing the importance of empowerment and advancement for all women.

Launch & Learn: Developing a Minimum Viable Product

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

The Small Business & Technology Development Center’s Business Launch initiative helps entrepreneurs to evaluate their idea, create a business model around it and launch a business. Learn more in this webinar.

Mountain BizWorks PPP 2.0 Information Update

March 9, 3-4 p.m. (online)

Mountain BizWorks is hosting a series of webinars each week on Tuesday to share the latest information about the new round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding.

Triangle Biotech Tuesday

March 9, 6-7:30 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.

18th Annual Wilson Online Caregiver Conference

March 9 (online)

This online conference will explore how dementia care partnering has been impacted by the pandemic and lessons learned in the process.

2021 NC Main Street Virtual Conference

March 9-11 (online)

The 20th annual NC Main Street Conference, presented virtually this year, will cover the future of North Carolina downtowns, marketing efforts, events, community-building, and more, in 2021.

1 Million Cups Lake Norman

March 10, 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

March 10, 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 Robeson County

March 10, 8-9 a.m. @Givens Performing Arts Center, UNC Pembroke

In this monthly event, entrepreneurs local to Robeson County will present their products/services to peers and network with the startup community.

1 Million Cups Wilmington

March 10, 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

March 10, 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.

RIoT & IIC: Virtual IoT Fast Pitch

March 10, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. (online)

The Industrial Internet Consortium’s Innovation Task Group and RIoT are hosting a pitch competition featuring emerging IoT startups and their technologies.

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2021 Capital Connects

March 10, 4:30-7:30 p.m. (online)

Launch Greensboro is hosting its 18th annual Capital Connects pitch competition this month. Startup teams will present short pitches to regional investors, competing for $10,000 in cash and additional in-kind rewards.

Application Deadline: NCBiotech Flash Grant Proposals (Cycle 3)

March 10

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center is accepting proposals for the next round of its Flash Grant program, which funds innovative research ideas in life science. Up to $20,000 may be requested for short, highly focused projects.

Asheville Chamber Mega Networking

March 11, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. @Holiday Inn Biltmore West

At Asheville Chamber’s Mega Networking event, attendees can make connections with business prospects through a “round-robin” networking format. Attendance will be limited and socially distanced.

Duke I&E Academy Research Translation & Commercialization Series

March 11, 12 p.m. (online)

Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship’s multi-part Research Translation & Commercialization Workshop Series will cover strategy and business plan development, venture deals, managing a team and launching a venture.

Fireside Chat with AMA Triangle: Olympia & Jasmine

March 11, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (online)

AMA Triangle is hosting a virtual networking meetup led by two AMA Triangle board members. Participation will be capped at 10 total.

Triangle Tech Net

March 12, 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.

Momentum Spring Student Presentation Day

March 12, 12-1 p.m. (online)

In this virtual event, Momentum’s latest cohort of software developers will showcase their final projects and take questions from a panel of industry experts.

One Year Later: Vaccine Manufacturing & Research Panel Q&A

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

This virtual panel discussion will feature speakers in different roles of the vaccine industry as they discuss how vaccine manufacturers have been affected, what it’s like to develop and manufacture vaccines during this time, and how immunization professionals are going above and beyond.

2021 Rural Summit

March 15-17 (online)

NC Rural Center’s 2021 Rural Summit will cover the policy issues and priorities affecting North Carolina’s rural communities, with a special focus on entrepreneurship and small business development.

Kenan-Flagler Dean’s Speaker Series: Bobby Long & Louise Brady

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

This webinar, hosted by UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Dean Doug Shackelford, will feature Bobby Long and Louise Brady of Piedmont Capital Partners, LLC.

Mountain BizWorks PPP 2.0 Information Update

March 16, 3-4 p.m. (online)

Mountain BizWorks is hosting a series of webinars each week on Tuesday to share the latest information about the new round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding.

Code for Durham: Civic Hacking Session

March 16, 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 Lake Norman

March 17, 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

March 17, 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 Wilmington

March 17, 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

March 17, 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.

Introduction to VentureSouth

March 17, 4-6 p.m. (online)

In this webinar, VentureSouth will cover the basics of angel investing, why you should invest with an angel group, and the post-pandemic investing environment.

Packard Place Public House

March 17, 5:15-6:30 p.m. (online) 

Every two weeks, Charlotte’s entrepreneurial community joins together virtually for an evening of networking and connections over drinks.

Reinventing Yourself in 2021 w/ Deb Boulanger, Alphi Mullings-Aiken, Lisa Young

March 17, 6-7 p.m. (online)

This panel discussion will feature four women corporate leaders and business owners who have reinvented themselves and found new success.

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2021 FREEDM Research Symposium

March 17-18 (online)

The FREEDM Systems Center is hosting its annual research symposium this month, featuring keynote speakers, updates on FREEDM research and programs, and networking opportunities.

NC Chamber 79th Annual Meeting

March 18, 8:30-11:30 a.m. (online)

NC Chamber’s 79th annual meeting, held virtually, will feature a keynote speaker, live one-on-one and group networking, and a presentation of this year’s Award for Distinguished Citizenship and Award for Distinguished Service.

Duke MEDx Entrepreneurship Workshop Series

March 18, 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.

Playthrough Gaming Convention

March 19-21 (Raleigh, NC)

Playthrough, North Carolina’s largest gaming convention, is returning to Raleigh this year.

Venture Connect Online 2021

March 23-25 (online)

The Council for Entrepreneurial Development’s Venture Connect Online event will feature an on-demand lineup of the region’s most promising early-stage tech and life science companies. More TechWire coverage here.

1 Million Cups Lake Norman

March 24, 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

March 24, 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 Wilmington

March 24, 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

March 24, 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.

NC TECH Diversity + Inclusion in Tech Summit

March 24-25 (online)

NC TECH’s Diversity + Inclusion in Tech Summit will feature strategies companies can use to create an environment that drives innovation and improves their bottom line.

Virtual NC HUB & NC DBE Certification Info Session

March 25, 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.

Triangle Tech Net

March 26, 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.

Code for Durham: Civic Hacking Session

March 30, 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

March 30, 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.

Open Source 101 2021

March 30 (online)

All Things Open’s virtual Open Source 101 event will cover the processes and tools that are key to open source, open tech and open web applications.

1 Million Cups Lake Norman

March 31, 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

March 31, 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 Wilmington

March 31, 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

March 31, 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

March 31, 5:15-6:30 p.m. (online) 

Every two weeks, Charlotte’s entrepreneurial community joins together virtually for an evening of networking and connections over drinks.

Application Deadline: RIoT Your Reality Challenge

March 31

The new RIoT Your Reality AR Challenge calls all innovators, thinkers, entrepreneurs and other solution-builders to apply to win a cash prize and a spot in the next RIoT Accelerator Program cohort.





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