Innovate Fuquay-Varina

A 6-Month Startup & Business Development Initiative

for Aspiring Entrepreneurs in Southern Wake

August 25, 2016 — January 29, 2017
7 Business Development Focused Events    /    Plus a Special 52-Hour Weekend
Register Online
Live the Dream
Grow Your Business
...or Launch Your Startup Business with the Help of Local Experts.
August 25, 2016 Through January 29, 2017
Inventors / Entrepreneurs / Designers / Business Mentors / Investors / Creators

NETWORK & CONNECT WITH BUSINESS MENTORS

 STARTUP TRACK:
PITCH YOUR IDEA  <  FIND THE TALENT YOU NEED  <  LAUNCH YOUR STARTUP

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TRACK:
FIND THE TALENT YOU NEED < GROW YOUR EXISTING BUSINESS < OR BE A MENTOR

What Is #InnovateFV?

Innovate Fuquay-Varina (#InnovateFV) is a 6-month initiative designed to foster and nurture innovation and small business development in Fuquay-Varina. The initiative will officially launch on August 25th at the 2016 Core Connections Business Expo, and will feature a series of monthly supporting events leading up to “InnovateFV Weekend” on January 27-29, 2017.

Inspired by a global entrepreneurial movement called “Startup Weekend,” Innovate Fuquay-Varina plans to build upon and enhance the concept to produce long-term entrepreneurial success for startups in Fuquay-Varina, NC.

InnovateFV is open to new and existing businesses. Our Business Development Track is designed to help match businesses with unique growth ideas, with the local experts and talents needed to make them a reality.  The Startup Development Track is designed to assist innovators and creators with unique business ideas, in finding the talent and resources needed to launch their startup.

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How Can This Help?

Startup businesses face many challenges, yet aspiring entrepreneurs don’t have to face them alone.  By participating in this initiative you’ll have access to the entrepreneurial and professional community in Southern Wake.  

Aspiring entrepreneurs can utilize the skills and expertise of the community, and will have a much stronger foundation to launch their new business idea(s).

Local professionals and industry experts can contribute to ideas, and can take pride in knowing that they helped to foster entrepreneurial growth here in Southern Wake.

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Who Should Participate?

All participants must register under one of the following participant categories, and all participants are expected to contribute to the initiative through attendance at networking events, as well as the #InnovateFV Weekend event:

  • Professional Business Mentors
  • Individuals with Unique Startup Ideas
  • Developers
  • Designers
  • Non-Tech Businesses (Marketing, CPA, Law, etc…)
  • Educators
  • College/Grad Student
  • K-12 Students
  • Initial Public Launch (IPL) Day Pass — Sunday Evening Only Access
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Special Thanks to Our Headline Sponsor

FVEDC

Countdown to the #InnovateFV Weekend (a.k.a. “The Main Event”)

Meanwhile, Registered Participants Are Invited to Special Networking & Seminar Events

August 25, 2016

September 13, 2016

October 4, 2016

November 1, 2016

December 6, 2016

January 17, 2017

#InnovateFV Weekend

This Startup & Business Development Event runs the entire weekend of
January 27-29, 2017.
Day 1
27 Jan 2017
Day 2
28 Jan 2017
Day 3
29 Jan 2017

Pre-Event Networking & Last-Minute Registrations

-- Registration / Check-Ins
-- Networking
-- Meet with Business Mentors
-- Contribute to Fuquay-Varina's Entrepreneurial Community

Location: TE Connectivity

InnovateFV Weekend: Welcome & Introductions

The weekend of January 27 – 29, 2017 will be a historic one for the Town of Fuquay-Varina, NC. Innovate Fuquay-Varina culminates in a weekend of intense planning, preparation, and ultimately, the formation of several startup businesses in Fuquay-Varina. Beginning with a brief networking session Friday evening, the event will transition to the Pitch Phase. Participants wishing to pitch their business ideas will have 1 minute to present their idea to the entire audience, including our esteemed panel of judges. After all ideas have been pitched, the audience is then instructed to find the aspiring entrepreneur(s) they want to contribute their skills to, and Startup Teams will naturally begin to form -- thus planting the first startup "seeds" of the weekend. For the remainder of the weekend, each team's goal is to develop their idea into a viable business model, refine it, and produce a presentation for Sunday evening -- Initial Public Launch (IPL) Day.

Location: TE Connectivity

Startup Pitches & Team Formation

-- Participants with Startup Ideas Begin to Pitch Them to the Audience
-- Initial Pitches Begin (Max. 5-mins per Presentation)
-- Audience Breaks into Teams Based On Ideas They Want to Support
-- “Startups” Begin to Form
-- Work Space Requests Submitted for Assignment

Location: TE Connectivity

Team Check-Ins

-- Teams Send Representatives to Check-in with Event Organizers
-- Provide a Brief Progress Update
-- Teams Submit Any "Needs" Requests (ie: "We Need A Programmer!")

Location: Fuquay Coworking

Lunch & Networking

-- Lunch and Networking Provided by #InnovateFV Weekend (All Participants Invited).
-- Rogue Teams (Impromptu Teams) May Register with the #InnovateFV Staff.
-- "Needs Requests" Are Posted (ie: "We Need a Designer!")
-- Available Participants and Business Mentors May Contact Teams Requesting "Needs"

Location: Fuquay Coworking

Teams Continue Work on Startup Ideas

-- Teams Work On-Site or Remotely
-- No Set Schedule

Location: Fuquay Coworking

Team Check-Ins

-- Teams Send Representatives to Check-in with Event Organizers
-- Provide a Brief Progress Update
-- Teams Submit Any "Needs" Requests (ie: "We Need A Programmer!")
-- Rogue Teams (Impromptu Teams) May Register with the #InnovateFV Staff

Location: Fuquay Coworking

Final “Needs Requests” Posted

-- "Needs Requests" Are Posted (ie: "We Need a Designer!")
-- Available Participants and Business Mentors May Contact Teams Requesting "Needs"

Location: Fuquay Coworking

Teams Continue to Work on Startup Ideas

-- Teams Work On-Site or Remotely
-- No Set Schedule

Location: Fuquay Coworking

Initial Public Launch (IPL) Day

-- Initial Public Launch Day ("IPL Day")
-- Formal Team Presentations (5-10 minutes max. length) from Startups
-- Judging Begins & Winners Announced
-- Closing Remarks

Location: TE Connectivity in Fuquay-Varina, NC

OPTIONAL: #InnovateFV Events

Networking Events & Seminars for Aspiring Entrepreneurs, Inventors, & the Startup Community
Day 1
25 Aug 2016
Day 2
13 Sep 2016
Day 3
04 Oct 2016
Day 4
01 Nov 2016
Day 5
06 Dec 2016
Day 6
17 Jan 2017

Innovate Fuquay-Varina Kickoff

Innovate Fuquay-Varina Officially Launches at the 2016 Core Connections Business Expo on August 25, 2016.

Open Networking + #InnovateFV Workshop: Thinking Entrepreneurially & Assessing Your Business Idea

We invite the Southern Wake Community to join us from 6pm to 7:30pm for our #InnovateFV Open Networking and Q&A Session.  If you’d like to meet the organizers and participants of #InnovateFV, or would like more information about the initiative, please join us!

Open Networking & #InnovateFV Workshop: Legal, Financial, & Sec. of State Panel

Learn About #InnovateFV, Make Connections, and Find Business Mentors in Preparation for #InnovateFV Weekend

Open Networking + #InnovateFV Workshop: Developing a Business Plan

We invite the Southern Wake Community to join us from 6pm to 7:30pm for our #InnovateFV Open Networking and Q&A Session. If you'd like to meet the organizers and participants of #InnovateFV, or would like more information about the initiative, please join us!

Open Networking + #InnovateFV Workshop: “What Are the Benefits of Running a Socially Responsible Business?”

We invite the Southern Wake Community to join us from 6pm to 7:30pm for our #InnovateFV Open Networking and Q&A Session. If you'd like to meet the organizers and participants of #InnovateFV, or would like more information about the initiative, please join us!

Open Networking + #InnovateFV Workshop: “Pitching Your Idea,” Presented by the Raleigh Little Theatre

We invite the Southern Wake Community to join us from 5pm to 6:30pm for our #InnovateFV Open Networking and Q&A Session. If you'd like to meet the organizers and participants of #InnovateFV, or would like more information about the initiative, please join us!

Location: Event Space at the Avaitor

Locations

Aviator Event Space | All Featured Workshops (August 25th through January 17th)
525 E Broad St, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526

TE Connectivity | #InnovateFV Weekend Kickoff Party on Friday (Jan. 27th)
8000 Purfoy Road, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526

Fuquay Coworking | 24Hr Work Space for Teams (Jan. 27-29th)
1000 N. Main Street, Suite 102, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526

TE Connectivity | Startup Showcase on Sunday (Jan. 29th)
8000 Purfoy Road, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526
919.346.1735InnovateFV@gmail.com

Available Tickets Types

Business Development Track
100.00 USD

Existing Small Business Owners

Business Mentors

Watch, Network, & Learn

Volunteer to Assist Businesses

Find Talent to Grow Your Small Business

Join FV’s Entrepreneurial Community

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Startup Development Track
25.00 USD

Individuals with Startup Ideas

General Participants

Watch, Network, & Learn

Volunteer to Assist Startups

Find Help for Your Startup

Join Fuquay-Varina’s Startup Community

Book Now
Student & Veteran (Aspiring Entrepreneurs)
15.00 USD

Individuals Interested in Entrepreneurship

General Participants

Watch, Network, & Learn

Volunteer to Assist Startups/Businesses

High School & College Students

US Armed Forces Veterans

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Sunday Night Pass (IPL Day)
Free

Access to Initial Public Launch Day (IPL)

Witness the Launch of New FV Startups

Learn About Existing FV Businesses

Connect, Network, & Learn

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Sponsors

Special Thanks to Our Proud Sponsors:

  • Empowered Ideas
  • Fuquay Coworking