Upcoming Events

October 2018

Advent Coworking: F*** Up Night 

Tuesday, October 9th@ 6:30pm-9:00pm
Jay Hurt Hub for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Davidson College

Ever think to yourself “wow, I want to do what he/she is doing,” or “I bet working for myself would amazing and so much easier than working for a company”?

As with all things in life, entrepreneurship has pros and cons to it. Come join us on October 9 for a very special edition of F*ck Up Night. This time we are taking the show on the road and heading to Davidson College. Come hear our featured speakers talk about the good, the bad, and the f*cking ugly moments of entrepreneurship. Come laugh, cry and be inspired!


Brian HelfrichBrian Helfrich is the owner and CEO of Summit Coffee Co. After growing up in Connecticut and Cleveland, Brian headed south to Davidson College and hasn’t turned back. Upon graduating in 2007 with a degree in Creative Writing, Brian bored himself to sleep as a journalist for four years in Charlotte before coming back to Davidson to grow Summit from a single cafe on Main Street to a business that now employs 60 people and distributes coffee nationwide. Brian is married to a Davidson alum, and they live right around the block from the Kindreds!

Katy KindredKaty Kindred is the co-owner of not one, but two nationally known and acclaimed restaurants: Kindred and Hello, Sailor. Originally from Chicago, Katy and her husband, Joe, moved to Charlotte less than 10 years ago as Joe grew up in the area. Immediately after opening, Kindred became the darling of the culinary world and received accolades from Bon Appétit magazine and was a James Beard Award finalist. Hello, Sailor opened in late 2017. Involved in every aspect of both restaurants, Katy knows what it takes to open two successful restaurants in the somewhat unpredictable restaurant scene.

Braxton WinstonA Davidson College graduate with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a two-time letterman on the football team, Braxton Winston has skyrocketed in the past few years from citizen journalist, protestor to elected official. In addition to being known as Councilman Winston, he is a stagehand and grip, and a member of our region’s robust sports television and entertainment production community. You may have seen him operating the camera at Hornets games.

RSVP here


Wednesday, October 10th@8:00am-9:30am
Packard Place, 222 S. Church St., Charlotte, NC

Join us Wednesday, October 10th for our IDEA Pitch.

IDEA PITCH is a special format for PitchBreakfast with IDEA Fund Partners participating as panelists that occurs once a quarter. IDEA Fund Partners is one of the most active seed and early stage venture investors in NC and throughout the Southeast. We use almost the same recipe as our usual event, but instead of the full presentation, our panelists want to see a 2 minute elevator pitch. As Lister Delgado says, “if you can’t get my attention in two minutes, you’ll never do your full presentation!” We’re very proud to have this event in the Charlotte area.

PitchBreakfast gives startups an opportunity to practice their investor pitch in a safe and supportive environment. Four companies will each pitch for 2 minutes (no slides) followed by 12 minutes of Q&A and feedback from our expert panel. Interested in pitching at PitchBreakfast? Apply on our website here (https://www.pitchbreakfast.com/pitch/).

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. The pitches begin at 8:15.

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 (https://www.pitchbreakfast.com/pitch/).

RSVP here

RIOT Accelerator Program Info Session

Wednesday, October 10th@ 10:30am-11:30am
Advent Coworking, 933 Louise Ave., Ste. 101, Charlotte, NC

Interested in joining a high-energy 12-week program for promising Internet of Things startups? The RIoT Accelerator Program (RAP) leads entrepreneurs through solution validation, product development, and business growth with focused support and resources around commercializing IoT products. Come learn more from the RIoT team about RIoT’s mission and support of startups through the RIoT Accelerator Program.

RAP’s second cohort will run from January 14th to April 5th. Applications are open on https://ncriot.org/riot-rap/ until November 9th.

More info and RSVP  here

How to Get Funding for Your Startup

Wednesday, October 10th@ 12:00pm-1:00pm
Advent Coworking, 933 Louise Ave., Ste. 101, Charlotte, NC

Funding is always a topic that is top of mind for founders. There are many strategies founders can take to secure funding from investors. Varun Sadana, Vice President at The Launch Place, will share his insights on ways to get funding for your start up, including:

– Best way to approach an investor
– Must haves for your pitch deck
– Being well positioned for due-diligence

More info and RSVP  here

BIG: Reaching Your Customers Online with Google

Thursday, October 11th@8:00am-10:00am
Gaston College-Kimbrell Campus, 7220 Wilkinson Blvd. Belmont, NC 28012

Presented by Google, SBTDC, TechWorks, and BIG

Partner Organizations: Gaston Chamber and Montcross Chamber

Parking: Free and easy parking for all registrants. Parking details will be sent with your registration confirmation.” 

Includes Free Google Swag!

The workshop will be presented by the engaging Demming Bass, Official Speaker for Google’s Get Your Business Online Program. Don’t miss this insightful opportunity.

Anyone who wants to learn new marketing skills or reach potential customers online will learn about search engine optimization (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM), content marketing, and social media marketing. The result? Demming Bass, Official Speaker for Google’s Get Your Business Online Program, will unveil a strategy that can get your organization, business, or event in front of your target audience.

Learn how customers find your business online and how to promote your online presence with search engine optimization (SEO) and online advertising. Attendees will be introduced to tools to help you run your business online, including Google Analytics, Google Trends, and more.

In this session, you’ll learn how to:
1. Create and verify a free Google My Business listing
2. Optimize your website for search and mobile
3. Use search engine marketing opportunities for your business
4. Benefit from free online tools to grow your business
5. Learn simple but effective tips for content and email marketing

Demming Bass Bio:


8:00 am – 8:30 am   Registration and Networking- continental breakfast and coffee

8:30 am – 8:45 am   Opening Remarks

8:45 am – 10:00 am  Interactive Presentation by Demming Bass

Program Cost:

BIG Members, TechWorks, SBTDC – Free
Gaston College Faculty, Staff, Students: Free

Guests: $20, includes Google swag bags!

(You will be sent an invoice by BIG)

Registration Required

Thanks to our Host Sponsor: Gaston College

More info and RSVP  here

Monthly BIG Ideas Exchange: Who Own’s the Icehouse

Thursday, October 12th@8:00am-11:00am
Alfred Williams, 505 S Cedar St., Charlotte, NC 28202

 Lindsey Hauser Braciale and Jason Wolf


Parking: Free Parking in front or behind the Alfred Williams building

8:30 am to 9:00 am Continental breakfast and networking
9:00 am to 11:00 am Book Discussion

Free to Members and Guests of BIG: RSVP to terry@bigcouncil.com or register below.

Book: “Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons From an Unlikely Entrepreneur by Gary G. Schoeniger and Clifton L. Taulbert



In the late 1950s, Glen Allan, Mississippi, was a poor cotton community. For many, it was a time and place where opportunities were limited by social and legal constraints that were beyond their control. It was a time and place where few dared to dream.

Based on his own life experience, Pulitzer nominee Clifton Taulbert has teamed up with entrepreneur thought leader Gary Schoeniger to create a powerful and compelling story that captures the essence of an entrepreneurial mindset and the unlimited opportunities it can provide. Drawing on the entrepreneurial life lessons Taulbert learned from his Uncle Cleve, Who Owns the Ice house? chronicles Taulbert’s journey from life in the Mississippi Delta at the height of legal segregation to being recognized by Time magazine as “one of our nation’s most outstanding emerging entrepreneurs.”

Who Owns The Ice House? reaches into the past to remind us of the timeless and universal principles that can empower anyone to succeed.

This thought provoking discussion will be facilitated by Lindsey Hauser Braciale, Founder & CEO of Advocations, and Jason Wolf with the Garretson Resolution Group

As a reminder, you don’t have to read the book to attend! Most do not, and we always have a very engaging discussion!

During this roundtable we’ll:
· share our own experiences in this area in our businesses
· share best practices from our own personal experience or from industry thought leaders
· share ideas on how to improve the area within our businesses to fuel growth

More info and RSVP  here

Founder Happy Hour

Thursday, October 12th@ 4:00pm-6:00pm
Wooden Robot Brewery, 1440 South Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28203

If you’re reading this, you’ve received an official invite from BLKTECHCLT and Collective Hustle to Founders Happy Hour. Nothing crazy, just a drink with other startup leaders in Charlotte.

We’re inviting those that are considering the leap as well. I know many founders would love the chance to speak casually with those thinking about starting a company to let them see behind the curtain.

Collective Hustle is buying the first 20 beers. This event is so casual, we’re not renting the back room at Wooden Robot… but we did tell them we’re coming! Please register so we can ensure Wooden Robot we aren’t throwing a rager. 

Come when you can, stay as long as you’d like, treat yourself to a free beer after another busy day at work.

We’re excited to be hosting this event with BLKTECHCLT.

More info here

Startup 101: Business Model Canvas

Thursday, October 17th @ 9:00am-Noon
Hygge Coworking at Third Ward, 809 W Hill St. Suite C (Living Room), Charlotte, NC 28206

Want to gain a better understanding of your value proposition, market, and business model?

Join us for a 3-hour introductory startup workshop focusing on Lean Startup Methodology and the Business Model Canvas. This workshop will guide you through the various steps within the Business Model Canvas including opportunity assessment, value proposition, and customer discovery. By the end of the session, you will have a working canvas specific to your idea and/or startup, as well as a stronger understanding of how to continue the customer discovery process and insight into the Charlotte innovation community.

This session is perfect for those with:

  • An idea looking to validate the business potential
  • A tech-enabled, scalable startup (pre-incorporation or incorporated)
  • A startup in need of a business model canvas “tune up”

Event includes dinner, a Business Model canvas and all of the supplies needed to complete your canvas.

This workshop is ideal for ideation and conception stage entrepreneurs who are launching a scalable, tech-enabled startup. It’s not intended for small business owners, consultants or service providers.

More info here

Intro to the Charlotte Startup Scene

Wednesday, October 17th@ 4:30pm-5:30pm
Packard Place, 222 S. Church St. Charlotte, NC

Whether you’re new to town or just new to the startup scene, this free event is an orientation to the world of startups in Charlotte. We’ve put together a comprehensive guide full of resources Charlotte startups use to stay connected, advice to help you get started, and events you can attend to find your people.

We’ll give you the scoop on key events/meetups to attend, people, companies, investors, incubators, programs, issues, and more. Learn about PitchBreakfast, QC Fintech, Startup Weekend, Queen City Forward, Startup Grind, and more.

This event is put on by StartCharlotte, the leading voice of the Charlotte entrepreneurial community, and hosted by Packard Place. There will be snacks and drinks available, and a Public House immediately after the event.

More info and RSVP here

Packard Place Public House

Wednesday, October 17th@5:30pm-7:30pm
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.

More info here

Monthly BIG Ideas Exchange: Give and Take

Friday, October 19th@8:30am-11:00am
Alfred Williams, 505 S Cedar St., Charlotte, NC 28202

8:30 am to 9:00 am Continental breakfast and networking
9:00 am to 11:00 am Book Discussion

Free to Members and Guests of BIG: RSVP to terry@bigcouncil.com or register below.

Book: “Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success” by Adam Grant



A groundbreaking look at why our interactions with others hold the key to success, from the bestselling author of Originals.

For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But in today’s dramatically reconfigured world, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others.

In Give and Take, Adam Grant, an award-winning researcher and Wharton’s highest-rated professor, examines the surprising forces that shape why some people rise to the top of the success ladder while others sink to the bottom. Praised by social scientists, business theorists, and corporate leaders, Give and Take opens up an approach to work, interactions, and productivity that is nothing short of revolutionary.

This thought provoking discussion will be co-facilitated by Douglas Grant, Ethos Business Advisors, and Ralph Henderson, OmniChannel Productions.

As a reminder, you don’t have to read the book to attend! Most do not, and we always have a very engaging discussion!

During this roundtable we’ll:
· share our own experiences in this area in our businesses
· share best practices from our own personal experience or from industry thought leaders
· share ideas on how to improve the area within our businesses to fuel growth

Free Parking: Park across the street in the Burger & Co/ Rhino Deli parking lot

More info and RSVP  here

Entrepreneurs Unleashsed

Thursday, October 25th @ 2:30pm-5:00pm
CPCC Central Campus, Tate Hall,  Charlotte, NC

Are you ready to hear real entrepreneurs share true stories of the risks, rewards and hardships faced as a startup in Charlotte?
Join us for Entrepreneurs Unleashed where compelling stories and the uncut truths will be shared from four local entrepreneurs thriving in Charlotte. Take away insights, lessons learned and inspiration to help you in your own entrepreneurial journey.

Registration fee: $10
Presented by: CPCC Small Business Center and Advent Coworking
*Space is limited, registrations accepted on a first come, first served basis.

More Details and RSVP here

LaunchLKN Member Social

Tuesday, October 30th @ 5:00pm-7:00pm
Hurt Hub at Davidson, 210 Delburg St., Davidson, NC

Every day we hear more stories about the progress our LaunchLKN members are making and the projects they are tackling. It is the reason we love our member socials — they are a chance to relax and engage with fellow entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts… while enjoying a little craft beer, of course. Join us on Tuesday, October 30 from 5-7 pm in the Social Commons at The Hurt Hub@Davidson. This event is for our members, but you are welcome to bring a guest. Cheers!

More Details and RSVP here

November 2018

1 Million Cups Charlotte

Wednesday, November 7th@ 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

Tech Talks: Tech Startup 101

Wednesday, November 5th@ 12pm-1:30pm
Advent Coworking, 933 Louise Ave., Charlotte, NC

“Turning Your Idea into a Successful Digital Product”

Join us for an informative lunch-and-learn to discuss the key ingredients required for a tech startup to succeed. Our expert speakers will provide great tips on how to validate an idea, what constitutes a perfect proof of concept or a prototype, discuss funding options and the best go-to-market strategies.

The event is free but registration is required. Please RSVP today 🙂

More Details and RSVP here

Southeast Venture Conference

Save the Date: Wednesday, November 14th

The Southeast Fintech Venture Conference is an all-day event showcasing the top fintech companies in the Southeast. From true startups to hometown fintech success stories, this day serves as a demonstration of the latest and greatest in fintech innovation. Be sure to join the prominent VC and growth firms, fintech entrepreneurs, and financial services executives in Charlotte, NC at the Southeast Fintech Venture Conference in 2018.

This is also Demo Day for Class 9 of Queen City Fintech, which features fintech startups from all around the world who will have just spent eleven weeks incubating in Charlotte and the Southeast ecosystem.

More info