NC headliners in March: Entrepreneu(HER) Showcase, Digital Empowers CLT, EcoExxpo & more

Here’s our latest wrapup of upcoming conferences, contests, workshops, application deadlines and socials happening across North Carolina over the rest of March.

Included are upcoming meetups, conferences, workshops, socials and networking events happening in Asheville, Charlotte, the Triad, Wilmington and other areas across North Carolina.

This post is part of our weekly column of upcoming events. To find out what’s happening this month in the Triangle specifically, check out part one of this week’s column.

Another post previews events coming in April. 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 suggest an event to be added to the calendar, feel free to send me an email.

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March 4, 12-1:30 p.m. @Flywheel-Davidson Location

Join this info session to learn more about the 12-month New Ventures Accelerator ahead of the application deadline on March 31. Companies accepted into the program receive an average equity investment of $50,000. A three-month residency at Flywheel follows their completion of the accelerator.

March 4, 4-5 p.m. @Mountain BizWorks

At this info session, you can learn about Mountain BizWorks and the many resources it offers local entrepreneurs, including small business lending and learning programs.

March 4

Applications are open for NC IDEA’s MICRO grant program. Funding—ranging from $1,000 to $10,000—will be awarded to early-stage companies seeking to validate and further develop their ideas. Recipients will also receive mentorship from NC IDEA and access to its network.

March 4

The NC IDEA SEED grant program offers a select group of early-stage startups $50,000 in funding for validating target markets, growing and scaling before they seek future investments. Recipients will also receive mentorship from NC IDEA and access to its network.

March 4-6, Asheville

North Carolina Rural Center’s Homegrown Leaders training program aims to support community leaders who are working to build regional collaboration across North Carolina. The application deadline is February 8. Eligible counties include Transylvania, Henderson, Buncombe, Madison, Yancey, Mitchell and Avery.

March 5, 11:30-1 p.m. @Ballantyne Country Club

The Ballantyne Chapter of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance is holding its first luncheon of the year with Blair Primis, senior VP of marketing and talent management at OrthoCarolina, who will share marketing tools, methods and strategies.

March 5, 12-1 pm. @Advent Coworking

At this lunch and learn, Amber Cobb of TUV SUD will discuss the regulatory requirements and applicability of product safety.

March 5, 6-8 p.m. @SnapAV Corp Office

Join Charlotte IoT to learn all about the Particle platform from product evangelist Brandon Satrom.

March 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m. @BLKTECHCLT

This workshop covers useful strategies to evaluate and create a customer retention plan. The session will be led by Freda Hendley, community relations director at BLKTECHCLT.

March 5-6 @ECU Science & Technology Building

Pharmaceutical professionals are invited to attend two days of lectures and discussions led by regional experts in the industry.

March 6, 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.

March 6, 9-10 a.m. @Asheville Social Hall

Podcraft returns a year after first presenting at 1 Million Cups Asheville to share their progress and plans.

March 6, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. @Goodwill Business Center

At this free workshop, government counselors from the North Carolina Procurement Technical Center will guide participants through the process of completing their next federal proposal. This event is part of a state-wide series hosted by the Small Business & Technology Development Center. More dates and locations here.

March 6, 12-1 p.m. @Asheville Chamber of Commerce

In this workshop, Nicole Andrews of Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP will teach local business owners how they can improve their ability to problem-solve, innovate, attract and retain top talent, and grow their customer base through addressing hidden biases.

March 6, 4-7:30 p.m. @Union Square, Greensboro

At Capital Connects, Triad-area entrepreneurs present eight-minute pitches to regional investors and community leaders, competing for a $7,500 award package.

March 6

This pitch competition gives local entrepreneurs the opportunity to present their business concepts for cash awards and network with other entrepreneurs. Anticipated awards range from $1,000 to $7,000. The event will be held March 27 at StillLife.

March 7, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. @Van Dyke Performance Space, Greensboro Cultural Center

This annual event helps young professionals grow their leadership skills, build on their ideas, serve their community and connect their network. Caroline Dwyer, project manager for Healthy Places for Healthy People, will lead the keynote panel..

March 7, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. @Winston-Salem State University, Donald J. Reaves Center

At this expo, business leaders, stakeholders and vendors gather together to network, build relationships and pursue partner opportunities.

March 7, 2-3 p.m.

The Small Business Technology & Development Center is hosting a free 45-minute webinar session on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding programs.

March 7, 5-8 p.m. @Bailey Power Plant

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.

March 7, 5-8 p.m. @UNCW Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

This interactive workshop teaches the ins and outs of effective sales strategy for any industry.

March 7, 5:45-7:30 p.m. @Bold Missy Brewery

INVESTinNC invites women entrepreneurs in North Carolina who are looking to raise capital to attend this informative session outlining the benefits of investment crowdfunding for their businesses.

March 7, 6-8 p.m. @BLKTECHCLT

Join this session to learn what to expect and how to find a great team at the upcoming hackathonCLT, held later this month at Discovery Place Science in Uptown Charlotte.

March 7, 6-9 p.m. @Hurt Hub for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

This weekly meetup is an opportunity for fellow blockchain enthusiasts in the Lake Norman area to join together for beer, coffee, tea or food to discuss all-things-blockchain. Topics rotate every week.

March 8, 4-5 p.m. @The Collider

The weekly PercCollider event convenes Collider members for networking and collaboration over drinks.

March 8, 6-9 p.m. @MIXXER

The theme of this month’s CONNEXXPO is sustainable living, featuring makers who are exploring clean energy, eco-friendly services, solar power and more.

March 8

NC TECH is putting out a call for local leaders and companies to participate in the 2019 State of Technology Conference on May 10 in Raleigh. Entrepreneurs are invited to apply to pitch in the conference’s startup showcase, and subject matter experts may also apply to lead breakout sessions at the event.

March 9, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. @Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Charlotte University

Entrepreneu(HER) in the City’s Women in Business Showcase is a full day of interactive educational workshops, networking, introductions to women-owned vendors and opportunities to win prizes.

March 10

The Data Science Innovation Lab is an immersive five-day workshop involving early-career biomedical and quantitative investigator teams leading multidisciplinary research programs through a real-time and iterative mentoring process. Applications are now open for the 2019 Data Science Innovation Lab, held June 24-28 at Graylyn International Conference Center in Winston-Salem.

March 11, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. @Fairfield Inn & Suites

The Central Chapter of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance is hosting its first luncheon of the year, featuring Charlotte Center City Partners President and CEO Michael Smith, who will discuss recent trends, research and data focused on the city’s economic development.

March 11

Davidson Venture Fund aims to invest $25,000 in innovative businesses run by Davidson College students and recent alumni (2014-2018). No experience needed to apply.

March 11

NC IDEA LABS is a four-week program that helps early-stage entrepreneurs with customer discovery, validation, decision-making and growth planning. Subsequent mentorship and resources are offered to participants who achieve significant progress in the program.

March 11, 3-5 p.m. @Forsyth Tech Small Business Center

This free workshop teaches participants how to incorporate Design Thinking and the nine habits of successful startups into their everyday work.

March 12, 3:30-5 p.m. @Revolution Park Sports Academy

The Charlotte Regional Business Alliance’s Healthy Charlotte Council is hosting its first event of 2019—a conversation covering the Vision Zero Initiative, a safety strategy that aims to eliminate all traffic-related deaths and severe injuries.

March 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m. @Charlotte City Club

Local CIOs and senior IT leaders are invited to gather for an evening of networking at the Charlotte City Club.

March 12, 6-8 p.m. @Piedmont Community College, Caswell Campus

This workshop covers record keeping and its contributions to cash flow, tax filings and financial planning. Attendees will participate in hands-on activities involving deductible expenses, record-keeping tools and business evaluation.

March 13, 8-10 a.m. @The Garage at Packard Place

Every month, a handful of Queen City-based companies headline Charlotte PitchBreakfast, pitching their products and services for a total of five minutes, after which they will answer questions from the audience and a panel of entrepreneurs and experts.

March 13, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. @Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Tata Consultancy Services are hosting their second annual Digital Empowers Charlotte, an event that discusses the many tech applications for social impact.

March 13, 9 am. – 12 p.m. @Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship

At this free workshop, government counselors from the North Carolina Procurement Technical Center will guide participants through the process of completing their next federal proposal. This event is part of a state-wide series hosted by the Small Business & Technology Development Center. More dates and locations here.

March 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. @CJ’s Lounge (Sheraton Uptown)

Join the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance for the next Young Professionals networking event for local professionals. Registration is $5 in advance; $10 at the door.

March 13

The NC Biotech Center’s new Translational Research Grant program provides funding of up to $100,000 for projects exploring/developing commercial applications of university-held life science inventions.

March 14, 4-5 p.m. @Forsyth Tech Main Campus

Simon Selwood, associate director of business development of SoBran BioScience, will lead a discussion on democratizing healthcare decisions at the next SciTech Lecture Series event.

March 14, 5-8 p.m. @Bailey Power Plant

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.

March 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. @UNCW Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Every month this meetup group joins to discuss a hot topic in the artificial intelligence space. This month’s speaker is Jesse Shaw, principal data scientist at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. Join to hear insights and meet others in the Wilmington AI community.

March 14, 5:30-8 p.m. @Flywheel Coworking – Davidson

Held by Flywheel at the HurtHub@Davidson once a month, the Idea Tap Davidson event series offers local entrepreneurs the opportunity to share their ideas through short pitch sessions and network with like-minded innovators in the community.

March 14, 6-9 p.m. @Hurt Hub for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

This weekly meetup is an opportunity for fellow blockchain enthusiasts in the Lake Norman area to join together for beer, coffee, tea or food to discuss all-things-blockchain. Topics rotate every week.

March 15, 4-5 p.m. @The Collider

The weekly PercCollider event convenes Collider members for networking and collaboration over drinks.

March 15

The team at All Things Open is now seeking submissions for talks to be featured in the 2019 conference taking place October 13-15 in Raleigh. Applications are due at 11:59 p.m.

March 18, 6-8 p.m. @Piedmont Community College Small Business Center

This seminar will teach participants the basics of bookkeeping with Quickbooks so they can save money and keep records accurately and professionally.

March 18

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Sky High Growth Awards, taking place April 24—a yearly event in which Asheville Chamber honors the accomplishments of members who are leading growth in the local business community.

March 19, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. @Small Business Center at Forsyth Tech, Innovation Quarter

At this free workshop, government counselors from the North Carolina Procurement Technical Center will guide participants through the process of completing their next federal proposal. This event is part of a state-wide series hosted by the Small Business & Technology Development Center. More dates and locations here.

March 19, 12-1 p.m. @The Launch Factory

Join John Breitenbach of RTI for an overview of the “Big 3” architectural patterns recommended by the Industrial Internet Consortium’s Industrial Internet Reference Architecture.

March 20, 5-7 p.m. @Co//ab

Launch Greensboro is launching a new networking and community-collaboration program in 2019 called tbd. Events are held every other month.

March 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. @Packard Place

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

March 21, 11:30-1 p.m. @Center for Design Innovation

At this month’s “Swerve” series event, Bull & Beard Co-Founder Jason Drass will share tips about influencing an audience through email communication.

March 21, 11:30-1 p.m. @Hurt Hub for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The next Startup Grind Davidson event features a fireside chat with Nick Jordan, founder and CEO of Durham-based Smashing Boxes,

March 21, 1-6 p.m. @Cottontail Weddings & Events in Danville, VA

The Launch Place’s 6th annual IdeaFest competition will feature live presentations from 20 early-stage startup companies seeking seed and pre-seed funding. Three awards are on the table: $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second and $2,000 for third. This event is free and open to the public.

March 21, 5-8 p.m. @Bailey Power Plant

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.

March 21, 6-7:30 p.m. @BLKTECHCLT

Those unacquainted with the Queen City startup scene are invited to attend a free orientation to the community, presented by StartCharlotte. The event will offer attendees introductions and networking, along with connections to local resources, events, companies, programs, investors, and more. Food and drinks will be provided.

March 21, 6-9 p.m. @Hurt Hub for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

This weekly meetup is an opportunity for fellow blockchain enthusiasts in the Lake Norman area to join together for beer, coffee, tea or food to discuss all-things-blockchain. Topics rotate every week.

March 22-23 @Discovery Place Science

hackathonCLT, the 7th annual event of its kind, is an opportunity for local hackers, coders, developers, creatives and innovators to put their skills to the test. Over $30,000 in prizes will be awarded to the winning teams.

March 22, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. @Pfeiffer University

NC TECH’s Job Fair series connects local tech talent to the companies and organizations looking to hire in the community.

March 22, 4-5 p.m. @The Collider

The weekly PercCollider event convenes Collider members for networking and collaboration over drinks.

March 26, 5-6 p.m. @Focal Point Coworking

Focal Point Coworking is hosting Asheville professionals and entrepreneurs for an hour of networking over snacks, local beer and cider.

March 26, 6-8 p.m. @Piedmont Community College, Caswell Campus

This workshop serves as a hands-on introduction to the Business Model Canvas. Learn how to test out your new business plan using this strategy.

March 26, 6-8 p.m. @Atlanta Tech Village

RIoT comes to Atlanta this month for an event covering the latest trends disrupting the sports and entertainment industries, featuring the leading innovators paving the future in this space.

March 27, 8-9:30 a.m. @Flywheel Coworking

This workshop shows participants how to collect and interpret real-time data involving customer interaction, so they can better understand consumer behavior and boost their marketing strategy.

March 27, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. @Carver Lake Venue, Prospect Hill

This event features a day of discussion on whole farm business planning, agritourism and other topics affecting the agribusiness space.

March 27, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. @UNC Charlotte PORTAL Building

At this free workshop, government counselors from the North Carolina Procurement Technical Center will guide participants through the process of completing their next federal proposal. This event is part of a state-wide series hosted by the Small Business & Technology Development Center. More dates and locations here.

March 27, 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. @Wilmington Convention Center

The WilmingtonBiz Expo brings together 2,000+ attendees for keynotes, an expo hall of over 100 exhibitors, strategy seminars and networking.

March 27, 6 p.m. @StillLife

This pitch competition gives Greenville-area entrepreneurs the opportunity to present their business concepts for cash awards and network with other entrepreneurs. Anticipated awards range from $1,000 to $7,000. Applications are due by March 6.

March 28, 8:30-10:30 a.m. @Northeastern University-Charlotte

Join Northeastern University-Charlotte and Charlotte International Arbitration Society for a discussion covering data privacy and cyber liability law in North Carolina. Breakfast is included.

March 28, 12-1 p.m. @Skookum Charlotte

Join an open tour of the Skookum office to get an introduction to the tech and ideas powering the community. The Skookum team will be available for any questions or comments participants may have. Lunch will be provided.

March 28, 5-8 p.m. @Bailey Power Plant

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.

March 28, 6-9 p.m. @Hurt Hub for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

This weekly meetup is an opportunity for fellow blockchain enthusiasts in the Lake Norman area to join together for beer, coffee, tea or food to discuss all-things-blockchain. Topics rotate every week.

March 28, 8-10:30 a.m. @Crowne Plaza Hotel Asheville

Asheville Chamber is hosting four women business leaders to share their experiences. Speakers include JoAnn Yoder of Arby’s/Brumit Restaurant Group, Murphy Funkhouser Capps of Kudzu Brands, Madeline Delp of Live Boundless and ALNUGE Codes Visual Language inventor Cleaster Cotton.

March 28, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

The Small Business Technology & Development Center is hosting a free 45-minute webinar session on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding programs.

March 29, 4-5 p.m. @The Collider

The weekly PercCollider event convenes Collider members for networking and collaboration over drinks.

March 29-31 @UNCW Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

At this 54-hour immersive Startup Weekend presented by Techstars, Wilmington developers, designers, marketers, students and innovators can collaborate together in teams to start their own projects and pitch their products/services to the audience for feedback.

March 29 – April 7

Climate City Expo (or CCx) is a multi-part, 10-day celebration of Asheville’s creativity, innovation and dedication to climate change awareness. (More coverage here.)

March 29

Cleantech innovators are encouraged to apply for the latest round of funding allocations under the Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project, funded by the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) program of the Department of Transportation.

March 31, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. @The Collider

This full-day challenge tasks coders, developers, designers and systems engineers to create climate data solutions using public datasets from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information, based in Asheville.

March 31

New Ventures is currently accepting applicants for its latest accelerator cohort. Companies accepted into the program receive an average equity investment of $50,000. A three-month residency at Flywheel follows their completion of the accelerator.

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