‘The Headliners’ part 2: Previewing upcoming Q&As, conferences, networking events across NC

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.

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April 23, 10-11 a.m. @High Point University, Hayworth Fine Arts Center

Netflix Co-Founder Marc Randolph is stopping by High Point this week for a Q&A with High Point University President Nido Qubein and the student body. This event is free and open to the public.

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 23, 5:30-6:30 p.m. @UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Applications are officially open for NC IDEA’s Micro-Grants Pilot Program. Grants—$1,000 to $10,000—will be awarded to early-stage companies seeking to validate and advance their ideas. Recipients will receive mentorship and assistance from NC IDEA and access to its network. Drop by this info session to learn more. The application deadline is May 14.

April 24, 5:30-6:30 p.m. @East Carolina University, Willis Building Auditorium

Applications are officially open for NC IDEA’s Micro-Grants Pilot Program. Grants—$1,000 to $10,000—will be awarded to early-stage companies seeking to validate and advance their ideas. Recipients will receive mentorship and assistance from NC IDEA and access to its network. Drop by this info session to learn more. The application deadline is May 14.

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 25, 6-8 p.m. @Hatch AVL

Entrepreneurs are invited to test and develop their pitch at this monthly event hosted by Hatch AVL. Presenters will receive helpful feedback from the audience, and the best-voted pitch will land a spot at 1 Million Cups Asheville.

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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