Upcoming Events

March 2019

Packard Place Public House

Wednesday, March 20th@ 5:30pm-7:00pm
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.

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Joules Accelerator Catalyst Kickoff: Introducing Cohort 4

Wednesday, March 20th@ 5:30pm-7:00pm
Duke Energy Innovation Center, 340 East 16th St., Charlotte, NC

Please join Joules Accelerator as we help launch the new Duke Energy Innovation Center at Optimist Hall! This century old mill complex has been transformed into a uniquely collaborative work space to support Duke Energy’s development of customer-focused products and services. Enjoy refreshments and conversation and hear the pitches from the latest class of Joules Catalyst entrepreneurs to arrive in Charlotte with transformative technologies in the Smart City Solutions, Electric Vehicles and Cybersecurity domains.

Tickets are limited and registration is required. Doors open at 5:00. Program begins at 5:30.

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hackathonCLT MMXIX

Friday-Saturday, March 22nd@5pm-23rd@2:00pm
Discovery Place Science, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC

We’re back with our 7th annual #hackathonCLT!

If you’re a hacker, coder, developer, problem-solver, creative, big-thinker, come and put your skills to the test at our upcoming hackathonCLT MMXIX, happening March 22-23rd at Discovery Place Science in Uptown Charlotte. Help us turn data into development as we seek to make our city the healthiest city in the world.

Never competed in a hackathon before? Learn more here: www.hackathonclt.org.

**Please note that HACKATHONclt is a team event that allows groups of up to 3 people (yes, you can compete as an individual). If you don’t have a team, but are looking for team members with complementary skill sets, we encourage you to attend our pre-event mixers (to be announced on our facebooktwitter, and instagram pages). We will do our best to help connect individual teammates.

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TechTalks on IoT: Opening a New World of Possibilities Through Data

Tuesday, March 26th@ 12:00pm-1:30pm
Advent Coworking, 933 Louise Ave. Charlotte, NC

Imagine a world in which every device with an on-off switch could connect to the Internet, send and receive data, become “smart.” Not that long ago, that scenario was considered fantasy — the type of world reserved for science fiction rather than modern-day reality. And yet here we are, in 2019, where everything from thermostats to mattresses has turned “smart,” thanks to Internet of Things (better known as IoT) technology.

At RMCSoft, we see the potential, and we’re embracing it. “We are moving our business to the IoT market. We see opportunities, and we’re trying to open other’s eyes to the opportunities too,” says Nick Gritsenko, CEO of RMCSoft. That’s why the next in our series of Tech Talks will focus exclusively on the power and potential of IoT — a free event that will bring together several local experts in IoT for an in-depth conversation on March 26 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Advent Coworking.

It’s an opportunity for organizations right here in Charlotte to learn more about why companies need IoT and how you can begin using meaningful insights from data you’re already collecting to create more value, a stronger business and a better customer experience.

Joining RMCSoft in the discussion are:

Dan Thyer, the CTO and co-owner of Logical Advantage, which partners with clients to provide strategies and solutions that maximize the ROI of enterprise asset intelligence and human capital development. Dan is a leader in the local IoT community and president of two user groups, including Charlotte IoT. He’s also on the board of both North Carolina Regional Internet of Things and the Enterprise Developers Guild. Dan was awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional MVP for his engagement in the community around IoT/cloud. He’s also an accomplished open source contributor and his articles and videos have over a million views

Jordan Harris, the CTO of ViscoSoft, a company producing innovative sleep products from right here in Charlotte. Viscosoft uses technology to manufacture everything from mattress protectors to bed toppers to cooling, contoured pillows and, in the process, solve common sleep problems, such as overheating. Their products use moisture-wicking, allergy-resistant materials, Cold Wire technology and gel-infused memory foam to optimize air flow.

While the technological capabilities are impressive, the beauty of IoT for businesses is in the ability to provide tremendous value to your end users, said Marina Grebennikova, marketing specialist at RMCSoft. “We hope to help business owners learn why they need IoT and how they can make their organizations more effective, get a better return on investment and improve the lives of your clients.”

Join us for the next Tech Talks at Advent Coworking on March 26 at 12 p.m. and learn how IoT could transform your business. The event is free, and lunch will be provided. But space is limited, so register today!

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Queens Pitch Competition

Thursday, March 28th@ 5:30pm-8:00pm
Levine Center, Crown Room, Charlotte, NC

Inaugural Pitch Competition

Thursday, March 28, 5:30-8 p.m.
Crown Room

The Queens Pitch Competition gives undergraduate students from all majors the opportunity to compete for up to $5,000 in prize money for their innovative business ideas.

For three weeks prior to the competition, teams will meet with entrepreneurial experts to learn the foundations of how to build and deliver a successful pitch. There will also be additional workshops and events throughout other weekdays. Teams are expected to work on their projects on a daily basis throughout the duration of the accelerator. On March 28, teams will pitch their business ideas live on-campus in front of a panel of experts and audience!

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City Startup Labs Demo Day

Friday, March 29th@ 6:00pm-9:00pm
UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. 9th St., Charlotte, NC

Come join us as we wrap up our 5th class for the City Startup Labs’ Center of Excellence. Meet Charlotte’s newest class of African American millennial entrepreneurs. Cheer them on as they present their ventures in a series of lightning round pitches before a panel of judges and compete for thousands of dollars in prizes.

Light hors d’oeuvres & beverages will be served.

Reserve your seat today!

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April 2019

Startup 101: Business Model Canvas

Tuesday, April 2nd @ 5:00pm-8:00pm
The Garage at Packard Place, 222 S. Church St., Charlotte, NC

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 in 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”

Your registration fee 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.

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1 Million Cups CLT

Wednesday, April 3rd @ 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! Try to attend regularly – consistency gives better value! First Wednesday of every month…just create a recurring event in your calendar. New, different, and exciting presentations each time!

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. There is a good mix of regular attendees, and visitors.

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 snacks, and great conversation with entrepreneurs and business advisors

Interested in Pitching your Startup or Business Concept?

We want to hear from you! 1MC Charlotte is focused on providing a welcoming setting for early-stage entrepreneurship. If you are a startup, less than 3 years in business and in the Charlotte area, you can apply to present your startup or business concept at 1MillionCups.com/Charlotte (https://www.1millioncups.com/charlotte).

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Becoming an Investor Ready Entrepreneur

Wednesday, April 3rd @ 8:00am-4:30pm
Center for Engineering Technologies, 1919 Main Ave. SE,  Hickory, NC

Raising equity capital is challenging at best. Becoming an Investor-Ready Entrepreneur (IRE) is designed to educate and prepare growth-oriented entrepreneurs to successfully engage private equity investors.

This full day program was developed by experienced entrepreneurs, angel investors, angel networks/fund executives and venture capitalists, and provides an “insider’s look” into the world of equity funding.

By viewing investors as “customers of equity”, entrepreneurs can reduce barriers to funding, navigate the process more easily, and increase the chances of obtaining funding.

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Blue Diamond Awards

Thursday, April 4th @ 6:00pm-8:30pm
Founders Hall, Charlotte, NC

Charlotte’s Premier Technology Awards Celebration


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How Google Can Drive Customer Acquisition & Growth Best Practices in 2019

Tuesday, April 9th @ 8:15am-11:45am
TechWorks, 52 Ervin St., Belmont, NC

How Google can Drive Customer Acquisition & Growth- Best Practices in 2019

Don’t Miss This Special Double-Header Featuring Google’s Top Experts and Real-Life Business Success Stories

Presented by Google, SBTDC, TechWorks, Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce, and BIG

FREE Event for all but you must register!

Register below or RSVP to terry@bigcouncil.com

Gain access and training to the latest free tools Google offers and make smarter decisions about your website and your online presence resulting in more leads, revenue growth and customer loyalty.

Led by Grow With Google Speaker and Trainer Demming Bass, this is a “can’t miss” FREE workshop customized for the businesses in Gaston County and the Charlotte region. Free Google swag is included!  

Demming Bass was a speaker for our Google event in October 2018 and was a huge hit! We have brought him back given the tremendous feedback.

WORKSHOP 1: Reach Customers Online with Google presented by Demming Bass
Learn how customers find your business online and how to promote your online presence using a free business listing, search engine optimization (SEO) techniques, and online advertising. We’ll introduce some tools that can help, including Google Analytics and Google Trends.

In this workshop, Grow With Google Speaker and Trainer Demming Bass will share best practices for:

• Creating a free Google My Business listing
• Improving your website’s visibility in Google’s organic search results, on all devices
• Advertising your business on Google

WORKSHOP 2: Using Online Data to Drive Growth presented by Zach Cardais
Learn about tools that can help you understand customer behavior with your online presence. We’ll show you how you can use this info to make informed decisions about your ongoing online marketing strategy.

In this session we’ll discuss:
• Identifying business goals (and how you plan to use your online presence to achieve them)
• Incorporating data into your plan
• Selecting tools to help you find the answers you need
A Panel Discussion, moderated by Demming Bass, will follow the 2 Workshop Presentations.

Panelists: Brandon Uttley, CEO, Go for Launch, Digital Marketing

Diona Kidd, Managing, Partner, Knowmad, Digital Marketing Agency

Philip McGinnis, Head of Business Development, Digital Entropy


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Wednesday, April 10th @ 8:00am-9:30am

Packard Place, 222 S. Church St., Charlotte, NC

Join us on Wednesday, April 10th as we feature 3 local startups for our quarterly 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. Each company will have 2 minutes (no 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/).

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Charlotte Venture Challenge: SAVE THE DATE

Tuesday, April 30th
UNC Charlotte Center City, Uptown Charlotte

Details coming soon