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Events & Meetups

The Triangle is home to countless opportunities for entrepreneurs to get to know each other, swap ideas and collaborate. To keep tabs on what’s happening around town, check out our community calendar.

Here are some meetups and events for your agenda:

Duke professor Dr. Misha Angrist and Russ Campbell of Burroughs Wellcome Fund at a recent Lager Than Life Science event. Photo via WRAL TechWire

Downtown Techies

The Downtown Techies meetup is a network of technology professionals who live and work in downtown Raleigh and Durham. Networking events are held every month at a local bar or restaurant.

LaunchBio: Larger Than Life Science

Launch Bio: Larger Than Life Science is a monthly evening event in Durham that includes panels and speakers, breakout sessions and networking for the local life science community. More coverage here. Events are held on the first Thursday of the month.

1 Million Cups RTP

A weekly morning event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in RTP. The event occasionally hosts panels of experienced entrepreneurs as well. Meetups are scheduled every week on Wednesdays.

Raleigh Entrepreneurs Organization

Raleigh Entrepreneurs Organization holds regular networking meets-and-greets at venues in Raleigh.

Research Triangle Park

RTP offers several events for the local tech community. Many are free.

RIoT Meetup

Local Internet of Things startup network RIoT hosts weekly lunch and learns featuring expert advice and workshops to help entrepreneurs and techies expand their knowledge.

RTP AgBio + AgTech Meetup

RTP AgBio + AgTech Meetup is a gathering of researchers, entrepreneurs, innovators, students and professionals in life science and agriculture fields. The group meets monthly.

The Triangle community also hosts several specialized meetups, specific to various industries, fields or interests. A few examples are below. Check out TechWire’s regularly updated list of 100+ meetups for more.

RTP 180°

Speakers from Research Triangle Park’s three founding universities, local companies and the community at-large are called upon to speak passionately about topics that matter to them. Themes range from fashion to robotics to digital health to politics. This event recurs monthly.

RTP Virtual Reality

RTP Virtual Reality brings together individuals from Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill that see the potential of virtual reality technology. The goal is to meet people who see the next wave and would like to be a part of that revolution.

StartupBlink Raleigh-Durham

The StartupBlink Raleigh-Durham meetup facilitates casual networking events, startup lectures and weekly online pitching events. 

Startup Summit NC

Startup Summit is a local event series designed to educate and connect local entrepreneurs and investors. The program first launched in 2018 and holds regular meetups in addition to its flagship annual conference. Though it started in the Triangle, Startup Summit is quickly expanding to Charlotte and up the east coast to New York.

Triangle Biotech Tuesday

Triangle Biotech Tuesday is a monthly meetup that connects scientific professionals across the RTP/greater Triangle area. Participants join for food, drinks and networking with professionals from different industries. The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month.

Triangle Bitcoin Meetup

Triangle Bitcoin Meetup welcomes everyone interested in bitcoin, cryptocurrencies or money in general. Depending on demand, the meetup can include general discussion, trading or presentations. Events are held every Thursday.

BruVue CEO Chris Lorkowski wins the 2017 RIoT Pitch Night Championship Belt. Credit: RIoT

Tech Talent South Meetup

The Triangle chapter of Tech Talent South hosts regular beginner-oriented code-learning events for the community. Most are free.

Triangle TechBreakfast

A “show and tell” format event where technologists demo their projects and ventures in a wide range of industries, from software to hardware, IT to biotech, robotics to space tech. It doesn’t matter if the technology is from a startup, a large company, a university, a government agency or if it’s just a hobby—TechBreakfast says they want to see you and your ideas. This meetup is scheduled for every third Thursday of the month.

Triangle Tech Net

A free networking event held in Cary that helps local techies connect with one another and potentially find jobs in the process. This meetup meets every two weeks on Fridays.

Triangle Women in STEM

Triangle Women in STEM hosts regular networking events and programming to engage the local tech community. The group aims to recruit and retain women in STEM fields, and to boost entrepreneurship opportunities, leadership development, education, workforce development and career assistance.

Women in Tech Allies

With over 1,300 members, Women in Tech Allies holds regular meetups once or twice per month in the Triangle. The meetup group brings together people of all genders and backgrounds to further diversity and inclusion in tech through knowledge-sharing and networking. Meetups cover a broad range of topics such as AI and machine learning, app development, coding languages, innovation and entrepreneurship, data science, web design, and more.