Here’s our exclusive wrapup of upcoming events happening across North Carolina in October. 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 November 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 state-wide events through the end of October—most have been switched to a virtual format due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements. 

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ncIMPACT: Rural Coworking Spaces

October 5, 12-1 p.m. (online)

In this webinar, ncIMPACT Initiative Director Anita Brown-Graham will lead expert panelists through a discussion on the challenges that entrepreneurs in rural communities face. Panelists include: Scott Levitan of the Research Triangle Foundation, Mavis Hill of Tyrrell County CDC and Jessica Porta of Raleigh Founded.

Marketing Your Idea: From Strategy & Creativity to Action

October 5, 6:30-8 p.m. (online)

The Hurt [email protected] is hosting a six-week marketing-101 class for innovators, creatives and entrepreneurs who are ready to launch their ideas and connect with customers.

Application Deadline: Big Launch Challenge ‘Lite’

October 5

This year, The Launch Place is hosting a “lite” version of its annual Big Launch Challenge pitch competition. On November 18, 10 startups will pitch to a panel of five investors representing groups across the U.S. Applications are open now.

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: 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.

BatteryXchange Summit

October 6, 6 p.m. (online)

In this virtual summit, Charlotte’s BatteryXchange will share news about its products, crowdfunding campaign, strategies, objectives for the future, and more.

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, 8-9 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.

NC Chamber Virtual Ag Allies Conference

October 7, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. (online)

North Carolina Chamber’s Ag Allies Conference will explore how the state’s agribusiness sector is adapting to a pandemic-driven market, and what that means for the future of the industry.

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.

NC Rural Center Community Resiliency Webinar Series

October 7, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (online)

This month, the North Carolina Rural Center is hosting a series of four free webinars about community resilience and recovery from natural disasters.

Winston Starts INFORM Workshop: Capital Raise (Part 1)

October 7, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (online)

Winston Starts is hosting a two-part webinar with capital investment experts Hal Eason and Will Johnson, who will share capital-raising strategies for startups and small businesses. Part two of the series will be held on October 14.

Asheville Chamber Smart Series: Workforce Diversity & Inclusion Data

October 7, 12-1 p.m. (online)

Asheville Chamber’s next Smart Series event will cover the latest trends and insights from Asheville Area Workforce Diversity & Inclusion Data.

LaunchBio Compensation Confidential: Mergers & Acquisitions Edition

October 7, 4 p.m. (online)

In this event, LaunchBio will cover the results of the Thelander 2020 Private Company Mergers & Acquisitions Survey, which offers insights on earn-outs, carve-out plans, alternative financing vehicles and employees returning to the office.

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.

Angels & Devils: The Details of Private Investing

October 7, 6-7:30 p.m. @The Hurt [email protected]

LaunchLKN is hosting a four-part course on angel investing this month, featuring information on investment terms, building and managing a portfolio, receiving positive returns, and more.

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.

Wilson Forward Annual Meeting 2020

October 8, 9-11 a.m. (online)

Wilson Forward’s 2020 annual meeting will convene the initiative’s network of partners and supporters to discuss emerging challenges and opportunities for growth in Wilson.

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.

Hiring Transitioning Military for Federal & Defense Contractors

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

The North Carolina Military Business Center and the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Division of Workforce Solutions are hosting a webinar series to support transitioning military personnel, veterans and family members who want to enter the state’s workforce.

2020 Outdoor Economy Conference

October 8, 12-4 p.m. (online)

This year’s Outdoor Economy Conference will be held online every Thursday this month. The conference will feature sessions covering recreation and health, diversity, equity and inclusion, outdoor innovation and entrepreneurship, and more topics.

Virtual PayCLT: Ben Isaacson & Ted Anastasi

October 8, 5-6 p.m. (online)

PayCLT’s next meetup will feature Ben Isaacson of The Clearing House and Ted Anastasi of Akoya, who will share how fintech companies and legacy financial institutions are using Akoya for their data needs.

Ask-Me-Anything: How To Break into Tech

October 8, 6 p.m. (online)

BLKTECHCLT and Flatiron School are hosting a discussion with industry experts and educational/career coaches on learning new tech skills and finding your next job. This event is part of a monthly series.

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.

Application Deadline: Mountain BizWorks Catalyst Cohort

October 9

Catalyst, Mountain BizWorks’ new inclusive entrepreneurship program, will provide 12 months of business coaching and mentorship for entrepreneurs of color. Applications for the first cohort are open now.

Application Deadline: NC IDEA ECOSYSTEM Grant Program

October 9

NC IDEA’s ECOSYSTEM grant program supports non-profit and for-profit organizations that are using innovative methods to boost North Carolina’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, particularly for underrepresented entrepreneurs. Applicants may request any amount of funding up to (but not exceeding) $150,000 in total.

Application Deadline: NC Rural Center Homegrown Leaders Program

October 9

The North Carolina Rural Center’s Homegrown Leaders training program supports community leaders who are working to build regional collaboration across North Carolina. The first training will be held on November 18-20.

Application Deadline: Kinetic Creative Boot Camp Fall 2020

October 11

This four-week program, hosted by Winston-Salem’s Center for Creative Economy, helps creatives turn their idea into a business. Workshops will be held online and in-person in Winston-Salem.

Marketing Your Idea: From Strategy & Creativity to Action

October 12, 6:30-8 p.m. (online)

The Hurt [email protected] is hosting a six-week marketing-101 class for innovators, creatives and entrepreneurs who are ready to launch their ideas and connect with customers.

Campus Greensboro Next in FinTech: Community Challenge

October 12-19 (online)

Campus Greensboro is hosting its inaugural Next in FinTech challenge, in which student teams from universities across North Carolina will tackle COVID-related issues that can be solved through financial technology. The winning team will earn up to $2,500.

BLKTECHCLT & Flatiron School Learn To Code Workshop Series

October 13, 6 p.m. (online)

In this free workshop series, participants will learn how to build a webpage using HTML and CSS. Events in the series will be held twice per month throughout fall 2020.

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.

1 Million Cups Robeson County

October 14, 8 a.m. @Thomas Entrepreneurship Hub

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

1 Million Cups Charlotte

October 14, 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.

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.

PitchBreakfast IDEA PITCH

October 14, 9-10:30 a.m. (online)

In this quarterly event, PitchBreakfast will host a group of local startups as they present short elevator pitches to IDEA Fund Partners, one of the most active seed and early-stage investors in the region.

Winston Starts INFORM Workshop: Capital Raise (Part 2)

October 14, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (online)

Winston Starts is hosting a two-part webinar with capital investment experts Hal Eason and Will Johnson, who will share capital-raising strategies for startups and small businesses. Part one of the series takes place on October 7.

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.

Angels & Devils: The Details of Private Investing

October 14, 6-7:30 p.m. @The Hurt [email protected]

LaunchLKN is hosting a four-part course on angel investing this month, featuring information on investment terms, building and managing a portfolio, receiving positive returns, and more.

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.

WNC Virtual Career Expo

October 14-16 (online)

Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board are hosting a regional career fair where jobseekers can connect with local employers.

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.

2020 Outdoor Economy Conference

October 15, 12-4 p.m. (online)

This year’s Outdoor Economy Conference will be held online every Thursday this month. The conference will feature sessions covering recreation and health, diversity, equity and inclusion, outdoor innovation and entrepreneurship, and more topics.

NC Rural Center Community Resiliency Webinar Series

October 15, 1-2:15 p.m. (online)

This month, the North Carolina Rural Center is hosting a series of four free webinars about community resilience and recovery from natural disasters.

Making Energy Work: 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.

Application Deadline: Bunker Labs Veterans in Residence 2021-A Cohort

October 15

WeWork and Bunker Labs are accepting applicants for their upcoming Veterans in Residence 2021-A cohort, slated to launch in January 2021. Charlotte is one of 21 cities in which the six-month program is located.

Application Deadline: 2021 Future Fund 10 Live

October 15

Applications are now open for the 2021 class of Future Fund 10 Live. The program provides connections, funding and support for innovative nonprofits and organizations in Greensboro.

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.

Skookum Tech Talks: Advancing & Adapting in the Face of Adversity

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

In this virtual tech talk, Frank Farro, VP of technology at Virgin Voyages, will share lessons learned from joining the team that launched Virgin’s new cruise line right as the pandemic hit.

Marketing Your Idea: From Strategy & Creativity to Action

October 19, 6:30-8 p.m. (online)

The Hurt [email protected] is hosting a six-week marketing-101 class for innovators, creatives and entrepreneurs who are ready to launch their ideas and connect with customers.

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.

Asheville Chamber Business Before Hours

October 20, 9-10 a.m. (online)

Asheville Chamber’s Business Before Hours will be held online this month. Participants can join in with a cup of coffee to network with fellow members of the community.

NC Rural Center Community Resiliency Webinar Series

October 20, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (online)

This month, the North Carolina Rural Center is hosting a series of four free webinars about community resilience and recovery from natural disasters.

NC TECH Virtual Workshop: Workplace Reimagination

October 20, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. (online)

NC TECH is hosting a free virtual workshop on how businesses can balance in-office work with remote flexibility.

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.

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 Charlotte

October 21, 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

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.

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.

Angels & Devils: The Details of Private Investing

October 21, 6-7:30 p.m. @The Hurt [email protected]

LaunchLKN is hosting a four-part course on angel investing this month, featuring information on investment terms, building and managing a portfolio, receiving positive returns, and more.

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.

Southeast Region Federal Construction, Infrastructure & Environmental Summit

October 21-22 (online)

This two-day conference, hosted by the NC Military Business Center, will cover energy resilience, 2021 priorities for the U.S. Department of Energy, environmental cleanup at military bases, and innovative energy technologies in North Carolina and other bases across the U.S.

Women > A Force in Business Virtual Conference

October 22, 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (online)

NC Chamber of Commerce’s 2020 Woman > A Force in Business virtual conference will feature keynotes, breakout sessions, a virtual exhibit hall and networking opportunities with women leaders in North Carolina.

ASPIRE Conversations

October 22, 12 p.m. (online)

ASPIRE Community Capital’s ASPIRE Conversations series will feature discussions with community leaders about Black entrepreneurship in Charlotte. Each session will cover a new topic.

2020 Outdoor Economy Conference

October 22, 12-4 p.m. (online)

This year’s Outdoor Economy Conference will be held online every Thursday this month. The conference will feature sessions covering recreation and health, diversity, equity and inclusion, outdoor innovation and entrepreneurship, and more topics.

impact. 2020 Leadership Conference

October 22-23 (online)

The Greensboro Chamber of Commerce is hosting a two-day conference to engage local leaders who are committed to inclusivity, collaboration and change-making.

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.

Marketing Your Idea: From Strategy & Creativity to Action

October 26, 6:30-8 p.m. (online)

The Hurt [email protected] is hosting a six-week marketing-101 class for innovators, creatives and entrepreneurs who are ready to launch their ideas and connect with customers.

NC Rural Center Community Resiliency Webinar Series

October 27, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (online)

This month, the North Carolina Rural Center is hosting a series of four free webinars about community resilience and recovery from natural disasters.

BLKTECHCLT & Flatiron School Learn To Code Workshop Series

October 27, 6 p.m. (online)

In this free workshop series, participants will learn how to build a webpage using HTML and CSS. Events in the series will be held twice per month throughout fall 2020.

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 Charlotte

October 28, 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

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.

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.

Angels & Devils: The Details of Private Investing

October 28, 6-7:30 p.m. @The Hurt [email protected]

LaunchLKN is hosting a four-part course on angel investing this month, featuring information on investment terms, building and managing a portfolio, receiving positive returns, and more.

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.

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.

2020 Outdoor Economy Conference

October 29, 12-4 p.m. (online)

This year’s Outdoor Economy Conference will be held online every Thursday this month. The conference will feature sessions covering recreation and health, diversity, equity and inclusion, outdoor innovation and entrepreneurship, and more topics.