NC headliners: 22 across our state events on this week’s calendar


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

This post is part of our weekly column of upcoming events, along with our comprehensive resource guide for startups in the Triangle. To find out what’s happening this month in the Triangle specifically, check out part one of this week’s column. Another post previews June events. Recurring monthly meetups in the Triangle are listed here.

These columns are an extension of our interactive calendar of tech and startup events. If you’d like to submit an event, feel free to send me an email.

Note: The following list is our lineup of Triangle events through the end of May—most have been switched to a virtual format due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements. 

Asheville Chamber Virtual WomanUP Workshop

May 26, 9-10:30 a.m. (online)

Asheville Chamber’s next WomanUP Workshop features a virtual discussion with local entrepreneurs and CEOs covering leadership, work-life balance, communication and more.

Ice House Entrepreneurship Program

May 26, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (online)

Presented by Gig East and Fierce Female Founders and sponsored by NC IDEA, this four-week virtual program exposes participants to entrepreneurial thinking, which will help them to develop the skills and behaviors needed to succeed.

Leading Tech Teams During the Pandemic

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

In Advent Coworking’s next “Tech Talks” event, executives from CXO, Centene and Curvature will share how they’re leading their tech teams during the pandemic.

Science Behind Netflix Recommendations: Intro to Data Science

May 26, 6 p.m. (online)

Join Flatiron School and BLKTECH CLT to learn about the algorithms, data science concepts and machine learning technology behind Netflix’s recommendations system.

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Taking the Leap: Starting your Business in 4 Weeks

May 26, 6-8 p.m. (online)

The Small Business and Technology Development Center is hosting a four-week business development program for entrepreneurs that are ready to take their ideas to the next level by getting their business up and running. Classes are held every Tuesday from May 12 to June 2.

Grow With Google NC Digital Coaching Webinar

May 26, 7-8:30 p.m. (online)

Grow With Google is hosting regularly scheduled webinars for North Carolina-based small businesses. Sessions are led by Latesha Byrd, founder and CEO of Byrd Career Consulting. Every webinar covers a different topic relevant to local businesses.

1 Million Cups Lake Norman

May 27, 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

May 27, 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 Asheville

May 27, 9-10 a.m. @Archetype Brewing

Asheville’s startup community meets weekly to hear presentations and support one another in continuing to grow.

Entrepreneurship & Education in the New Era

May 27, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (online)

Western Governors University NC and the NC Economic Development Association are hosting a free webinar on how COVID-19 has changed the economic and academic landscape in North Carolina and beyond. Panelists include Sageworks Cofounder Brian Hamilton, WGU North Carolina Chancellor Catherine Truitt, and NCEDA Policy and Public Affairs Managing Director Lawrence Bivins.

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UNCC Professional Webinar Series

May 27, 1-1:45 p.m. (online)

UNC Charlotte’s Office of Continuing Education is hosting a free webinar series on how professionals can overcome leadership challenges.

Why Entrepreneurship Now: A Virtual Event for America’s Teens

May 27, 3-4 p.m. (online)

Junior Achievement is holding a virtual event in which teens across the U.S. can interact with Sageworks Cofounder Brian Hamilton and “Shark Tank” star and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Harris Faulkner of Fox News’ Outnumbered will moderate the discussion. More TechWire coverage here.

Packard Place Public House

May 27, 4:30-6:30 p.m. (virtual) 

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

Ice House Entrepreneurship Program

May 28, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (online)

Presented by Gig East and Fierce Female Founders and sponsored by NC IDEA, this four-week virtual program exposes participants to entrepreneurial thinking, which will help them to develop the skills and behaviors needed to succeed.

Online, Interactive, Energy Economic Development Conference

May 28, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (online)

Join E4 Carolinas for a virtual conference covering how utilities, economic developers and energy companies are preparing for post-COVID19 economic recovery and rebuilding process. More TechWire coverage here.

Rural Talk: An Advocacy Speaker Series

May 28, 11 a.m. (online)

In this webinar series, leaders from public, private and nonprofit sectors will discuss key issues affecting rural communities in North Carolina. Topics include broadband, entrepreneurship, small business development, housing, water, infrastructure and more. More TechWire coverage here.

Venture Café Thursday Gathering

May 28, 5-8 p.m. (online)

Held on a weekly basis, this Venture Café event series provides all sorts of programming for Piedmont Triad entrepreneurs and innovators. Every Thursday evening, the community gathers for networking, panel talks, workshops, presentations, product demos, interviews, and more.

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COVID-19 Unites Us All: Remote Pulmonary Monitoring

May 29, 9 a.m. (online)

DHIT is hosting a panel of local technology leaders discussing the advantages of remote pulmonary monitoring technology during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal Development & Commercialization Strategy

May 29, 1-4:30 p.m. (online)

The NC Small Business and Technology Development Center is hosting a SBIR/STTR workshop for university faculty who are developing proposals for the program.

UNCW CIE Dial-Up Disrupt

May 29, 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.

Grow With Google NC Digital Coaching Webinar

May 30, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (online)

Grow With Google is hosting regularly scheduled webinars for North Carolina-based small businesses. Sessions are led by Latesha Byrd, founder and CEO of Byrd Career Consulting. Every webinar covers a different topic relevant to local businesses.

Application Deadline: New Ventures Accelerator [EXTENDED]

May 31

New Ventures is currently accepting applicants for its latest accelerator cohort. Companies accepted into the three-month program receive a residency at Flywheel Coworking, acceptance into Winston Starts’ Explore Program, mentorship, and access to top investors in the Triad and beyond. The accelerator culminates in a competition where an average of $50,000 in funding is awarded per startup. (NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 crisis, New Ventures has rescheduled the accelerator to August. The application deadline is now extended to May 31.) 





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