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‘The Headliners’ part 2: 23 upcoming events, deadlines across NC (+ DIG SOUTH)

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.

Following 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 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, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. @Elon University

Hosted by Elon’s Center for Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the WE Do! Conference aims to help identify and overcome gender-based obstacles in entrepreneurship. Tickets are free for students and $30 for guests.

April 18, 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 Zaphne, a content acceleration engine.

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, 5:30-7 p.m. @HQ Greensboro

Applications are live for Creative Startups Winston-Salem’s eight-week virtual business accelerator. Drop by this info session to hear an overview of the program and learn how to apply. The application deadline is June 3.

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, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. @Center for Design and Innovation in Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem’s Center for Creative Economy is hosting a pitch event for Swerve members to practice their presentations before an expert panel for feedback.

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 23, 5-7 p.m. @UNC Wilmington Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Applications are live for Creative Startups Winston-Salem’s eight-week virtual business accelerator. Drop by this info session to hear an overview of the program and learn how to apply. The application deadline is June 3.

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 25, 10:30-11:30 a.m. @The Center For Craft in Asheville

Applications are live for Creative Startups Winston-Salem’s eight-week virtual business accelerator. Drop by this info session to hear an overview of the program and learn how to apply. The application deadline is June 3.

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 29, 12-4 p.m. @UNC Charlotte

Spend your Sunday enjoying more than 100 presentations, displays, demos, lab tours and other activities at UNC Charlotte’s Science and Tech Expo, part of this year’s North Carolina Science Festival. This half-day event is free and open to the public.

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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