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Innovate Fuquay-Varina (#InnovateFV) is an initiative designed to foster and nurture innovation and small business development in Fuquay-Varina. This year’s Innovate Fuquay-Varina business launch weekend will take place on January 26 through January 28, 2018 and will be located at TE Connectivity, 8000 Purfoy Rd, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526 

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

Innovate FV is open to new and existing businesses. Our Business Development Track for ventures under 3 years old is designed to help match their unique growth ideas, with 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.

Outline for InnovateFV Launch Weekend:

Friday, January 26th

  • 6:00 pm – Welcome Presentation
  • 6:30 pm – Inspirational Pitch

Saturday, January 27th

  • 12:00 am – 2:00 pm –  Sessions

Sunday, January 28th 

  • 5:30 – Dinner
  • 5:45 – “Where are We Now?” Session from previous participants during dinner
  • 6:00 – Pitch Your Idea (participants will get between 10 and 15 minutes each) 

Prepare yourself for the business launch weekend at the following FREE workshops:

Click on the name of the workshop to register! 

September 18th, 6:00 pm  –  “Are You Ready for Entrepreneurship?”
October 16th, 6:00 pm – “Developing and Writing an Effective Business Plan”
November 13th, 6:00 pm – “Projecting and Managing Your Cash Flow”
December 11th, 6:00 pm – “Analyzing and Understanding Your Market”
January 8th, 6:00 pm – “Pitching Your Idea”  

A little bit about the speaker: Karin Wiberg is owner of Clear Sight Books, where she helps business leaders write and publish books as part of their growth strategy. Her business experience ranges from the Fortune 500 to small-business consulting. Karin has coached in the UNC-CH Launch the Venture program and has been a judge for the Carolina Challenge. She’s an experienced grant writer and has been a grant review panelist for United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County and for the City of Raleigh Arts Commission. She holds an MBA from the University of Iowa and a business coaching certificate from NC State.

All workshops are held at Aviator Smokehouse Sidebar Event Space, 525 Broad St, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526

How Can I Participate?

All participants are requested to register in one of the following categories and contribute to the initiative through attendance at networking events, as well as the InnovateFV Weekend event:

  • Professional Business Mentors
  • Business Development Track
  • Startup Development Track*
  • College/Grad Student
  • Initial Public Launch  —  Sunday Evening Only Access  for audience spectators

*For this track, business ideas must still be in the concept or “startup” phase, meaning the business is not currently registered with any entity (Town, Wake County, Secretary of State), and no profit has been made under the name of the proposed startup idea. Bottom-line: ideas cannot be an existing business the individual owns.

InnovateFV was mentioned in Cary Magazine, click here to read more, and Suburban Living Fuquay-Varina Magazine, click here to read more…

A sincere “Thank You” to our InnovateFV sponsors: 

Eventbrite - Innovate Fuquay-Varina 2017-2018

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Innovate Winners 2017

Start Up Track

1st place – Bees

2nd place – Butter Bean Depot

3rd place – DIWise

Developmental Track

1st place – Wood Lazy Susan

2nd place – Fuquay Transportation, 3rd Degree Brewhouse

Innovate Winners 2016

1st  place – Sweet Lucille’s

2nd place – Eats Expert Tech Startup

3rd  place –  Third Degree Brewhouse

4th place – Rye Point Internet Marketing