October headliners, part II: 38 events happening across NC this month


Here’s our exclusive wrapup of upcoming events happening across North Carolina through the end of 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.

Many events will be held in person, as some organizers are returning to live events. Others will be held virtually and are noted as such.

If you’d like to submit an event for WRAL TechWire’s statewide events calendar, feel free to reach out here.

Cape Fear Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week

Oct. 3-7 (online)

The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce is hosting a week-long celebration of minority entrepreneurs across southeastern North Carolina. This year’s event will be held online.

1 Million Cups Lake Norman

Oct. 5, 7:30-9 am @Jay Hurt Hub for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (& online)

Every Wednesday morning, entrepreneurs in the Lake Norman area join to present their companies to mentors, advisors, and other startups. Join to meet new people and collaborate with fellow entrepreneurs.

1 Million Cups Charlotte

Oct. 5, 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 Asheville

Oct. 5, 9-10 am @Hatch Innovation Hub

Asheville’s startup community meets weekly to hear pitches from local founders and network with peers, investors and business leaders.

1 Million Cups Wilmington

Oct. 5, 9-10 am @UNCW Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (& online)

This weekly event brings together entrepreneurs in the Wilmington and Cape Fear community to gather for coffee, casual startup pitches and conversation.

NC TECH Virtual Job Expo

Oct. 5, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm (online)

NC TECH’s Job Expo allows job seekers and employers to connect live via chat and video. Employers will host virtual booths describing employee benefits/perks, job vacancies and more. While the event mainly focuses on candidates seeking tech-related jobs and internships, many employers have openings in non-technical roles.

Get2Know NC TECH Webinar

Oct. 7, 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.

Venture Asheville’s Corporate Entrepreneurship Series

Oct. 11, 8:15-11 a.m.

Venture Asheville’s Corporate Entrepreneurship Series will feature executives from major corporations discussing models, tools and frameworks for innovation and sustainable growth.

WNC Career Expo

Oct. 11, 11 am – 4 pm @WNC Agricultural Center

This career expo will feature a range of job opportunities from Western North Carolina businesses and organizations spanning advanced manufacturing, technology, health care, tourism, professional services and other sectors.

1 Million Cups Lake Norman

Oct. 12, 7:30-9 am @Jay Hurt Hub for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (& online)

Every Wednesday morning, entrepreneurs in the Lake Norman area join to present their companies to mentors, advisors, and other startups. Join to meet new people and collaborate with fellow entrepreneurs.

1 Million Cups Robeson County

Oct. 12, 8-9 am @Thomas Entrepreneurship Hub

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 Charlotte

Oct. 12, 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.

PitchBreakfast

Oct. 12, 8:30-10 am @Venture X Charlotte

Every month, a handful of Charlotte-area companies headline PitchBreakfast, pitching their products and services for six minutes, after which they will answer questions from the audience and a panel of entrepreneurs and experts. This month’s event will be held in a hybrid format.

NC TECH’s Tech Innovation Index Release + Brief

Oct. 12.9-10 a.m. (online)

In this virtual event, NC TECH will present its annual North Carolina Tech Innovation Index, a report detailing how the state’s metros compare nationally in tech talent supply, talent demand and innovation.

1 Million Cups Wilmington

Oct. 12, 9-10 am @UNCW Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (& 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

Oct. 12, 9-10 am @Hatch Innovation Hub

Asheville’s startup community meets weekly to hear pitches from local founders and network with peers, investors and business leaders.

On Tap

Oct. 12, 5:30-7:30 pm @Steel Hands Brewing

Young professionals in the Greensboro area are welcome to attend this drop-in networking event to make new connections over food and drinks.

Application Deadline: NCBiotech Innovation Impact Grants

Oct. 12

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s Innovation Impact Grant provides up to $150,000 in funding for acquiring research equipment for university core facilities or nonprofit organizations engaged in life science research.

Asheville Chamber Mega Networking

Oct. 13, 8:30 am – 12 pm @Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts

Held twice a year, this half-day networking event takes a round-robin approach to help Asheville-area professionals and business leaders make new connections in small groups.

Startup Ethics Roundtable

Oct. 13, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm @The Hurt Hub@Davidson

This monthly panel event will feature a roundtable discussion on the ethical issues facing startups and businesses. Tickets are free and open to Davidson College students and the broader community.

How to Get the Attention of the VC Investors That You Need

Oct. 13, 4-6:30 pm @Ironclad Brewery

The Network for Entrepreneurs in Wilmington is hosting an event with three prominent venture capital investors from across the region. They will share what they’re looking for and why a startup’s management team, sector and traction are important to investors.

2022 Plant Molecular Biology Retreat

Oct. 14-16 @Holiday Inn Resort, Wrightsville Beach

This annual event convenes North Carolina’s plant molecular biology community for a weekend of research lectures, a keynote address, informal panel discussions and networking.

Will Virtual Reality Change Education?

Oct. 18, 5-7:30 pm @Charles Mack Citizen Center

LaunchCLT’s Infinite Possibilities series is back, featuring a session on the role of virtual reality and augmented reality in K-12 classrooms.

1 Million Cups Lake Norman

Oct. 19, 7:30-9 am @Jay Hurt Hub for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (& online)

Every Wednesday morning, entrepreneurs in the Lake Norman area join to present their companies to mentors, advisors, and other startups. Join to meet new people and collaborate with fellow entrepreneurs.

1 Million Cups Charlotte

Oct. 19, 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

Oct. 19, 9-10 am @UNCW Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (& 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

Oct. 19, 9-10 am @Hatch Innovation Hub

Asheville’s startup community meets weekly to hear pitches from local founders and network with peers, investors and business leaders.

Venture Asheville Elevate Demo Day

Oct. 19, 4 pm @Devil’s Foot Beverage Company

Venture Asheville will host a demo day showcasing the latest cohort of its Elevated program. Join to hear pitches from funding-ready companies spanning health, wellness, tech, furniture, and food and beverages.

Startup High Country’s Startup Social

Oct. 19, 5:30-8 pm @Happy Valley Filling Station

Startup High Country will host a free social event featuring a talk from the owners of Happy Valley Filling Station.

Application Deadline: CATS Pitch 2022

Oct. 24

The Hurt Hub@Davidson’s new CATS Pitch program invites underrepresented founders to submit a short pitch for a chance to win one of three prize packages.

Virtual Pitch Party

Oct. 25.5 p.m. (online)

This pitch event will include a series of short pitches from startups in the Western North Carolina area. Registration is free and open to the public.

1 Million Cups Lake Norman

Oct. 26, 7:30-9 am @Jay Hurt Hub for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (& online)

Every Wednesday morning, entrepreneurs in the Lake Norman area join to present their companies to mentors, advisors, and other startups. Join to meet new people and collaborate with fellow entrepreneurs.

1 Million Cups Charlotte

Oct. 26, 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

Oct. 26, 9-10 am @UNCW Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (& 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

Oct. 26, 9-10 am @Hatch Innovation Hub

Asheville’s startup community meets weekly to hear pitches from local founders and network with peers, investors and business leaders.

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