Upcoming Events

August 2018

NC IDEA Seed Grant Information Session (Hosted by Ventureprise)

Wednesday, August 15th@ 6:00pm- 8:00pm
PORTAL, 9319 Robert D. Snyder Rd., Suite 242, Charlotte, NC 28262

Ventureprise will be hosting the NC IDEA FOUNDATION to provide an overview of NC IDEA FOUNDATION programming, specifically focusing on the upcoming NC IDEA SEED Program, which provides $50,000 grants to early-stage, high-growth companies.

During the first part of the session you will have a chance to learn about NC IDEA and introduce yourself to part of the team, including Senior Director John Austin and Program Director Amy Bastian. They will briefly walk through the various programs of the foundation and discuss those that may benefit your company, including NC IDEA LABS and NC IDEA SOAR.

The second part of the prep session will be interactive with direct feedback on what it means to submit a successful application for your venture. The session will provide tips and best practices for writing a successful application, covering the anatomy of the grant application with specifics on what the reviewers are looking for in each section.

Dinner to be provided.


6:00-6:15pm – Welcome and Introductions

6:15-6:40pm – NC IDEA SEED Grant Program Overview

6:40-8:00pm – Interactive Application Preparation Session

Applications for the NC IDEA SEED program will open 8/20 and are due on 9/10 at 5pm. Click here for more details.

More Info and RSVP here

Packard Place Public House (formerly #CLTStartupSocial)

Wednesday, August 15th@ 5:30pm- 7:30pm
The Garage at Packard Place, 222 S. Church St., Charlotte, NC

Public Houses are where people used to gather to grab a pint and talk about events of the day. It was how people communicate, collaborate and shared ideas because they were public and open to everyone. Over time, they shorten the name to Pubs. Join us for our Monthly Packard Place Public House – for pints, networking, and sharing what’s going on with you.

This month we will be enjoying the spring weather and uptown views from our 2nd floor balcony! Hope to see you there!

RSVP here

Indeavor Club: Lake Norman

Wednesday, August 15th@ 11:30am-1:00pm
Flywheel Coworking, 210 Delburg St., Davidson, NC

Indeavor is a new way to expand your networks and global connections. Headquartered at the new Jay Hurt Hub for Innovation and Entrpreneurship, we are a networking club that meets over lunch the third Wednesday of each month. Club members are encouraged to bring guests as we meet to share resources and help each other develop our businesses, grow, and learn.

***All existing flywheel members are also Indeavor members. Please join us!***

August 15th: Haley Fazier and Ryan McDaniels

Lake Norman Economic Devlopment

Discussion Topic: How LKN Economic Development Assists Small and Large Businesses in the Region

Lake Norman Economic Development is responsible for the development and implementation of the economic development strategy for the towns of Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville, and the Lake Norman region. These strategies will result in improving the quality of life for the region’s residents through the expansion of the tax base by attracting new capital investment and creating new, highly skilled jobs for the regions residents.

Indeavor Club Member Benefits at Flywheel:

  • Five free day passes per month – 9-5 Monday through Friday
  • Guest passes to Flywheel (unlimited) – use Flywheel as a place to meet clients in our community areas (soft seating, lounge and beverage bar)
  • Office Hours – 1 coaching session per month with a mentor from our network
  • Access to Flywheel meeting rooms at standard member rates
  • Flywheel Community – access to the Flywheel membership socials
  • Global Community Network – club members can access over 1,000,000 startup company contacts through Startup Grind and Google for Entrepreneurs

The Indeavor Club, the Flywheel membership and our programs and events will provide you with an extensive network of support – you can find someone from just about every field of study who is more than willing to help out in any way possible!

RSVP here

VentureSouth August Meeting

Thursday, August 16th@ 4:00pm-6:00pm
Packard Place, 222 S. Church St.,  Charlotte, NC

It’s hard to believe, but the first fall meetings of VentureSouth Charlotte are already upon us. We have rearranged our entrepreneur roadshows to improve efficiency and VentureSouth Charlotte will now be meeting on the second Thursday of each month this fall.

This meeting is for VentureSouth members and their guests.

Entrepreneurial Decisions: Public Speaker Series

Wednesday, August 29th@ 5:30pm-8:15pm
UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. 9th Street, Charlotte, NC

It’s hard to believe, but the first fall meetings of VentureSouth Charlotte are already upon us. We have rearranged our entrepreneur roadshows to improve efficiency and VentureSouth Charlotte will now be meeting on the second Thursday of each month this fall.

This meeting is for VentureSouth members and their guests.

Launch LKN August Member Social

Wednesday, August 29th@ 5:00pm-7:00pm
Hurt Hub @ Davidson, 210 Delburg St., Davidson, NC 28036

Let’s wind down the summer with some curious conversation and craft beer! We are excited to have dedicated time to network, share ideas, and identify opportunities to support one another. Join us on Wednesday, August 29 from 5-7 pm in the Social Commons at The Hurt Hub@Davidson. This event is for our dedicated members, but you are welcome to bring a guest. As always, please register (so we don’t run out of beer)!.

Tech Me Out to the Ballgame: Tech Talent South

Thursday, August 30th@ 6:00pm-9:00pm
Charlotte Knights Baseball Stadium, 324 S. Mint St., Charlotte, NC

Clear your calendar – It’s going down! The tech industry invades BB&T Ballpark (324 S Mint St, Charlotte, NC 28202) on Thursday, August 30, 2018. Catch the Charlotte Knights take on the Durham Bulls! Come one, come all, bring a guest, and hang loose. This is going to be epic! 

We will be up on the Party Zone at the Knights Stadium! Want to watch some baseball, eat some hors d’oeuvres and mingle with some fellow techies!? We’re excited to bring the Charlotte tech and startup community together, but the event is open to EVERYONE!

Gates open at 6PM | Knights Game Starts at 7:05PM | Food served from 6PM-8PM.

Tickets are $33 and includes access to a full-service bar (drinks not included) & pre-game all-you-can-eat buffet:

  • All-Beef Hot Dog Sliders, topped with Five-Star Slaw
  • Knights Wings, finished in a signature buffalo sauce w/ celery
  • Cocktail Meatballs, glazed with chipotle cranberry BBQ sauce
  • Fajita Bar: served with warm tortillas, grilled lime and cilantro, chicken, margarita beef, roasted peppers and onions, shredded cheddar cheese and homemade salsa
  • Knights Dragon Chips and Pretzel Bites
  • Summer Fruit Salad and a Crisp Summer Vegetable Display with sides of hummus and ranch dressing
  • Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies
  • All dining options include assorted Pepsi products & water.
  • *Please note that all menus are subject to change.

Parking NOT included, you may purchase your own parking pass here. No refunds at anytime.

Look for Tech Talent South shirts! The TTS group will have a specific color wristband given by the Knights staff. We are excited to see you there!

Hosted by: Tech Talent South

September 2018

Instimate: New Social Media Platform Preview

Tuesday, September 4th@ 6:30pm-8:30pm
The Garage at Packard Place, 222 S. Church St., Charlotte, NC

Join us for an exclusive preview of a brand new social media platform.

A few months ago, we built a dating app: instimate. From there, we took what we learned from our app for singles and built a brand new social media experience for everyone. Next month, the instimate app will no longer exist. However, the instimate experience will exist within this new social media platform.

Founder Sterling Scott will unveil the new platform and answer questions in this social media platform preview.

RSVP here

1 Million Cups Charlotte

Wednesday, September 5th@ 8:30am-10:00am
CPCC Professional Hall Building,  Charlotte, NC

Are you a business owner, entrepreneur or business advisor? Join 1 Million Cups Charlotte and plug into the largest entrepreneurial community in the Queen City!

You’ll meet like-minded entrepreneurs and business owners who understand just how difficult it is to start and grow your own business. Discover new ways to grow and new opportunities for partnership.

Membership is free, here’s what you’ll gain:
• Connections in an entrepreneurial community of over 800 members
• Insight on how other businesses are positioning and promoting themselves for growth
• Opportunity to use and refine your “elevator pitch” for your own business via networking
• Clarity and inspiration through Think Tank activities to brainstorm and problem-solve as a group
• Opportunities for collaboration and partnership
• Free coffee and great conversation with entrepreneurs and business advisors

More Details and RSVP here

New Ventures Demo Day

Friday, September 7th@ 9:00am-5:30pm
Biotech Place, 575 Patterson Ave., Winston-Salem, NC 27101


WhatDemo Day – A regional celebration of startups and investors

Where: Biotech Place

When: September 7 – 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Audience: 500+ focused on scalable startups and investors

After Party: Wiseman Brewery

· We will be offering 35-45 demo tables for regional startups. This will be application based and startups can apply HERE.

· Set up will be 7:00 AM -9:00 AM on 9/7

· The demo floor will be open from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. The New Ventures companies will do mainstage presentations from 3:30 – 5:30.

· We will run concurrent 30 minute sessions presented by the regional program partners – your topics should be of specific interest for angel and micro-vc investors. Please develop your topic and send us a outline description by next Friday.

Concurrent Session Schedule for Demo Day:

9:00 – Mixer

9:45 – Hustle

10:30 – FTSBC

11:15 – Nussbaum

12:00 – Venture Cafe

12:45 – Launch Greensboro Fund

1:30 – Winston Starts and Dioko Fund

2:15 – Venture South

3:00 – NC Idea Foundation

RSVP here


Wednesday, September 12th@8:00am-9:30am
Packard Place, 222 S. Church St., Charlotte, NC

Join us on Wednesday, September 12th as we feature 3 local startups. Each company will have 5 minutes (with slides) to pitch followed by 10 minutes of Q&A from our expert panel and audience.

Audience members will find value in hearing how other startups pitch, what types of feedback (both positive and negative) they receive, and of course seeing some of Charlotte’s up-and-coming startups while networking with other entrepreneurs and startup community leaders over breakfast. Networking begins at 8am and pitches begin at 8:15. Breakfast and coffee is provided by our sponsors.

PitchBreakfast gives startups an opportunity to practice their investor pitch in a safe and supportive environment. Interested in pitching at PitchBreakfast? Apply on our website here (http://www.pitchbreakfast.com/pitch/).

For startups looking to pitch, this is an amazing opportunity for:

• Seed-stage and series A level tech startups looking to raise a round of funding

• Early-stage tech startups looking for some feedback on their business model (must at least have MVP)

This is NOT for:

• Entrepreneurs with just an idea and no development yet

• “Lifestyle” companies (ex. bars/restaurants, crafts, hobbyists, MLMs) -“A lifestyle business is a business that is set up and run by its founders primarily with the aim of sustaining a particular level of income and no more; or to provide a foundation from which to enjoy a particular lifestyle.”

Interested in pitching at PitchBreakfast? Apply on our website here (http://www.pitchbreakfast.com/pitch/).

RSVP here

Tech Talent South Startup Crawl (Save the Date)

Thursday, September 20th@ 5:30pm- 8:30pm


You’ve all heard of Bar Crawls, now get ready for another Tech Talent South (http://techtalentsouth.com) STARTUP CRAWL! We are back!

Tour amazing startups, learn about what they do and how these companies got started, build connections and get some free goodies all while enjoying drinks after work!

More details to come!

More info here

NC Healthcare Innovation Conference

Friday, September 21st@ 9:00am-5:00pm
UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. 9th St., Charlotte, NC


The NC Healthcare Innovation Conference is a non-profit event held by The Society of Physician Entrepreneurs to help promote interaction between medical professionals and the healthcare innovation community.

The event itinierary includes:

Networking breakfast and lunch.

Symposium on topics such as healthcare economics, marketing, and customer discovery. We will also talk about medical IT, device, and pharmaceuticals development.

Introduction to 20+ new healthcare innovations.

Invitations to special networking events Thursday and Friday evening.

RSVP  here