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‘The Headliners’ part 1: Upcoming events across NC

Keeping track with our initiative to spotlight North Carolina startup and tech events, WRAL TechWire’s weekly “Headliners” column is now divided into two parts—inside and outside the Triangle.

Below is a list of April meetups, conferences, workshops, socials and networking events happening in Asheville, Charlotte, the Piedmont Triad, and other areas throughout North Carolina.

To find out what’s happening this month in the Triangle, check out this post.

Another post previews hot events coming up in May. Recurring monthly meetups are also featured in a separate post.

These columns accompany 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.

April 9, 4:30-5:30 p.m. @HQ Greensboro

Ahead of the application deadline for RIoT’s upcoming accelerator, RIoT Executive Director Tom Snyder will be leading a series of information sessions about what the program has to offer local entrepreneurs. This info session will be held at HQ Greensboro.

April 10, 5:30-7:30 @Flywheel Coworking

Idea Tap is an opportunity for local startups to present their products/services to an audience and receive feedback on how to refine their pitches. The format involves: a five-minute pitch, a five-minute Q&A and five minutes of audience feedback. This monthly event is always free.

April 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. @BlackFinn Ameripub

With the aim of connecting local tech communities, this monthly event brings together IT professionals, service providers, startups and entrepreneurs for an event of networking and peer-to-peer exchange of ideas. Tickets are divided into five categories: tech professional, jobseeker, tech startup, recruiter and other/non-tech.

April 10, 6-8:30 p.m. @Knight Theater, Levine Center for the Arts in Charlotte

For this special celebration, the Charlotte’s tech and business ecosystem will join together in recognizing the many businesses and organizations helping fuel the city’s economy by giving their time and human capital to tech-based outreach projects. Proceeds will benefit the Charlotte Area Technology Collaborative (CATC).

April 11, 8-11 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.

IDEA PITCH is a quarterly version of the PitchBreakfast series, which includes panel participation from IDEA Fund Partners, the most active venture capital firm in North Carolina as named by CB Insights. The format of this quarterly series will remain the same as any other PitchBreakfast event, except entrepreneurs will sum up their pitches in a two-minute elevator pitch instead of a full presentation.

April 11, 9-10:30 a.m. @Asheville Social Hall (RISC Networks)

Asheville’s entrepreneurial community meets weekly to hear local startups’ pitches and support one another in continuing to grow. For this week’s event, 1 Million Cups Asheville is hosting NoEvilFoods, a vegan food brand.

April 11, 6-9 p.m. @Hygge

This month’s Startup Grind Charlotte features a talk with Aditya Khurjekar, CEO and founder of MEDICI (formerly Let’s Talk Payments), which offers services and resources to clients in the global financial services industry—from financial institutions to analysts to startups and investors.

April 12, 9 a.m. – 4:50 p.m. @Western Carolina University, A.K. Hinds University Center

Hosted by the Western North Carolina office of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and Western Carolina University, this full-day conference features a series of short talks and poster sessions centered around the theme of modern human medicine. Lunch and refreshments are provided free-of-charge.

April 12, 5-8 p.m. @Bailey Power Plant in Winston-Salem

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.

April 12, 8-9:30 a.m. @Innovate Charlotte Venture Hub

In this interactive info session, the local startup community can learn about Innovate Charlotte’s new MIT-licensed Venture Mentoring Service and how they can participate in the pilot program, which kicks off in June.

April 12, 6-8 p.m. @Innovate Charlotte Venture Hub

In this interactive info session, the local startup community can learn about Innovate Charlotte’s new MIT-licensed Venture Mentoring Service and how they can participate in the pilot program, which kicks off in June.

April 13, 12-1 p.m. @Skookum Charlotte

This workshop will show participants how to master email marketing, covering how to set and achieve goals, how to collect, manage and grow an engaged contact list, how to create relevant and actionable messaging, and more. The lesson is led by Adam Q. Holden-Bache, author of How To Win at B2B Email Marketing: A Guide To Achieving Success and director of email Marketing at Enventys Partners.

April 14

By connecting participating startups with IoT industry partners, RIoT’s Accelerator Program is designed to extend key resources and potential seed capital to early-stage companies so they can bring their products/services to market.

April 14

The Joules Accelerator, based in Charlotte, is seeking post-revenue and pre-Series A companies to apply for its next cohort. The 90-day program mainly serves companies within the cleantech industry, offering participating startups key connections and business development opportunities with program partners.

April 17, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. @Forsyth Tech Small Business Center at Wake Forest Innovation Quarter

At this workshop, Small Business Consultant Tim Dixon will show participants how to develop and execute a strategy to keep their business safe from a data breach. Registration is free.

April 17, 12-1:30 p.m. @Flywheel Coworking

Indeavor, a networking club offered to all Flywheel Coworking members, is an opportunity to get to know fellow entrepreneurs and swap helpful resources with one another. The lunches are held on the third Tuesday of every month at the the Center for Design Innovation in Winston-Salem.

April 18, 7:45-9 a.m. @co//ab

The Greensboro startup community is invited to attend Launch Greensboro’s monthly IdeaLaunch program. It includes a series of four-minute pitches from local startups, along with opportunities to network with fellow entrepreneurs and innovators in Greensboro. This event is free.

April 18, 4:30-5:30 p.m. @Packard Place

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.

April 18, 5:30-7 p.m. @Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte

At this event, a Johnson & Wales University chef and a registered dietitian from UNC’s Nutrition Research Institute will demonstrate healthy cooking while sharing tips on how to achieve a balanced diet. Samples will be available to attendees.

April 18, 5:30-8 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 free beer and snacks.

April 19, 8-10 a.m. @Innovate Charlotte Hub

In this interactive info session, the local startup community can learn about Innovate Charlotte’s new MIT-licensed Venture Mentoring Service and how they can participate in the pilot program, which kicks off in June.

April 19, 12-1 p.m. @Packard Place

Learn how to prepare your business for an eventual exit event at this informative, free-of-charge lunch ‘n’ learn hosted by Packard Place. The event will include a presentation from Jack Santaniello of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, followed by a Q&A, discussion and networking.

April 19, 5-8 p.m. @Bailey Power Plant in Winston-Salem

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.

April 21, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. @BLKTECHCLT HQ

At this BLKTECHCLT Learning Lab workshop, participants will learn how to use Emotional Intelligence techniques to manage stress, optimize your talent, and communicate and engage more effectively. The lesson will be led by Mic Alexander, author, coach, public speaker, and consultant and trainer at Image Wealth.

April 25-27 @Charleston Gaillard Center

This year’s DIG SOUTH theme is “Relevance,” exploring topics such as: the relevant technologies and platforms entrepreneurs should be trying out, what digital marketing and social media strategies can keep startups relevant today, and how to make a company relevant to potential investors, and more.

April 26, 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.

April 26, 5-8 p.m. @Bailey Power Plant in Winston-Salem

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.

April 26-27 @Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw, North Carolina

This annual conference, presented by IntraHealth International, highlights creativity, humanitarian innovation and the intersection of health and technology. The two-day event is complete with several stage talks, microlabs, mentoring sessions and field trips, plus live performances, food and interactive networking.

April 28

Innovate Charlotte, an arm of the Charlotte Regional Fund for Entrepreneurship, is seeking applicants for its upcoming pilot program, which aims to serve entrepreneurs looking to bring their startups to the next level. Five companies will be admitted to the three-month mentorship program.

April 30, 6-8 p.m. @Forsyth Tech Small Business Center at Wake Forest Innovation Quarter

In observance of National Small Business Week, the Forsyth Tech Small Business Center will be hosting a discussion with author and entrepreneur Timogi Jackson about how writing a book can be a good channel for strengthening your business’s brand.

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