Upcoming Events

November 2018

Monthly BIG Ideas Exchange: The Amazing Power of Introverts

Friday, November 9th 8:30am-11:30am
The Employers Association, 3020 W. Arrowood Rd. Charlotte, NC

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

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

Books: “Quiet” by Susan Cain and “Introvert Power” by Dr. Laurie Helgoe


The Amazing Power of Introverts, Why Quiet Leaders are So Successful! 
Leaders were once chosen for their character, but today we live in an age where loudmouthed extroverts seem to take center stage in everything, including business, politics and entertainment. While the talkative, charismatic leader makes the front page of business magazines, recent research shows that successful business leaders tend to be more reserved, pensive and sometimes outright shy. Learn why your desire to spend significant time inside your own head may be your greatest asset. Whether you are introverted or not, you likely work with, know, manage or are a related to an introvert. We will discuss proven methods to better understand introverts, how to manage them, and how to get the most out of their amazing talents. If you want to enhance your leadership skills, this is a must.

The material comes from several books, primarily; Quiet by Susan Cain and Introvert Power by Dr. Laurie Helgoe, those two are the best found to date on the topic but research included MANY other books.

Don Minges will present but will have others lead the group discussions. We will have several group discussions or case studies – where the participants will hopefully provide feedback and discuss. Participation is welcome but not mandatory.

This is a repeat from a few years back, where we had a large attendance and a very in-depth discussion! Very well received!

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

More info and RSVP here

Intro to the Charlotte Startup Scene

Tuesday, November 13th@ 5:30pm-7:00pm
BlkTech Charlotte, 1824 Statesville, NC. Charlotte, NC 28206

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

Southeast Venture Conference

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 

PitchBreakfast (It’s Thursday this month)

Thursday, November 15th@ 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 Talks: Tech Startup 101

Wednesday, November 15th@ 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

Packard Place Public House

Wednesday, November 21st @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

December 2018

1 Million Cups Charlotte

Wednesday, December 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