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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 third Innovate Fuquay-Varina launch weekend took place on January 26 through January 28, 2018.

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.

Leading up to Launch Weekend a series of FREE monthly workshops were offered:

“Are You Ready for Entrepreneurship?”
“Developing and Writing an Effective Business Plan”
“Projecting and Managing Your Cash Flow”
“Analyzing and Understanding Your Market”
“Pitching Your Idea”  


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: 


  • Fuquay Coworking
  • TE Connectivity


  • Aviator Brewing Company
  • Fuquay Coworking
  • Garibaldi
  • International Minute Press
  • Morgan & Perry Law, PLLC
  • Media Integrations
  • Morrison Tax & Accounting Services
  • Office Value
  • RyePoint Internet Marketing
  • TCB: The Corner Biergarten

Join the #Innovate FV Community on Facebook and Twitter!

Innovate Winners 2018

Start Up Track

1st place – David Erwin of Total Car Care

2nd place – Ty Ziglar of FitFabulousFly

Developmental Track

1st place – Companah Pet Cremation and Aftercare

2nd place – Bella Mei Boutique

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