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Innovate Fuquay-Varina 2016-2017 | 6-Month Startup & Business Development Initiative in Southern Wake

Fuquay Chamber of Commerce

Friday, January 27, 2017 at 5:30 PM - Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 9:00 PM (EST)

Innovate Fuquay-Varina 2016-2017 | 6-Month Startup &...

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Business Development Track
Experienced Entrepreneurs & Business Leaders, & Business Experts/Mentors.
Jan 27, 2017 $100.00 $0.00
Startup Development Track
Aspiring Entrepreneurs, Creators, and Innovators with Business Startup Ideas.
Jan 27, 2017 $25.00 $0.00
Students & Veterans
High School & College Students. US Armed Forces Veterans.
Jan 27, 2017 $15.00 $0.00
Sunday Night Pass
Sunday Evening Only (6pm-9pm) Access to the "Initial Public Launch" of the Startups from #InnovateFV Weekend
Jan 29, 2017 Free $0.00

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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 participant-only 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.

How Can I 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
  • 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

*Individuals with Startup Ideas must still register as one of the above participant categories. Business Ideas must still be in the concept or "startup" phase, meaning there exists no business 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.


= = = = = SCHEDULE OF EVENTS = = = = =

August 25, 2016  |  12-12:45pm       

Presentation at the Core Connections Business Expo
Location: Fuquay-Varina Community Center
Online Registration Opens (Early-Bird Until Nov. 1)

September 13, 2016  |  6-7:30pm                  

Networking Session & Workshop: "Thinking Entrepreneurially & assessing Your Business Idea"
Location: Event Space at the Aviator
+Seek Out Business Mentors

October 6, 2016  |  6-7:30pm

Networking Session & Workshop: Legal, Financial, & Secretary of State Panel
Location: Event Space at the Aviator
+Seek Out Business Mentors 

November 1, 2016  |  6-78:30pm

Networking Session & Workshop: Developing & Writing an Effective Business Plan
Location: Event Space at the Aviator

+Seek Out Business Mentors 
* * * Early-Bird Registration Discount Ends * * *

December 6, 2016  |  6-7:30pm

Networking Session & Workshop: "What Are the Benefits of Runnings a Socially Responsible Business?"
Location: Event Space at the Aviator

+Seek Out Business Mentors 

January 17, 2017  |  6-7:30pm

Networking Session & Workshop: "Pitching Your Idea," Presented by the Raleigh Little Theatre
Location: Event Space at the Aviator

+Seek Out Business Mentors 

January 27-29, 2017

"#InnovateFV Weekend" Event (See Detailed Schedule & Locations Below)

January 29, 2017

Initial Public Launch (IPL) Day, 6pm 
Location: TE Connectivity

January 27-29, 2017  |  Locations: TE Connectivity & Fuquay Coworking

January 27, 2017 | TE Connectivity      


    • Arrive, Last-Minute Registrations, Networking


    • Welcome & Introductions
    • Initial Pitches Begin
    • Audience Breaks into "Startup" Teams
    • Work Space Requests & Assignments Teams

January 28, 2016  | Fuquay Coworking


    • Teams Send a Representative to Check-in with Organizers.
    • Representatives Provide Brief Progress Updates Including "Needs"

    • Lunch & Networking Begins (All Participants Invited) 
    • "Needs" Requests Are Posted 
    • Available Participants/Mentors May Contact Teams with "Needs"

January 29, 2016  | Fuquay Coworking & TE Connectivity     

    • Lunch & Networking Begins (All Participants Invited)
    • Hosted at Fuquay Coworking

    • Teams Send a Representative to Check-in with Organizers
    • Representatives Provide Brief Progress Updates Including "Needs"
    • Hosted at Fuquay Coworking

    • Final "Needs" Requests Are Posted
    • Available Participants/Mentors May Contact Teams with "Needs"
    • Hosted at Fuquay Coworking


    • Initial Public Launch (IPL) Day
    • Formal Team Presentations
    • Hosted at TE Connectivity


    • Judging Begins & Winners Announced
    • Hosted at TE Connectivity


    • Closing Remarks
    • Hosted at TE Connectivity

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How Will Innovate Fuquay-Varina Support & Nurture Aspiring Entrepreneurs?
Beginning in September 2016, Innovate Fuquay-Varina will host (5) monthly invite-only networking events for registered participants, which will take place on the first Tuesday evening each month.

These networking events are designed to connect participants with registered business mentors (identified by color-coded nametags).  The relationships forged and nurtured through these monthly events will help prepare aspiring entrepreneurs (including potential entrepreneurs who didn't realize they had a viable business "idea") for InnovateFV Weekend in January.

In addition, each networking event will feature a guest speaker to motivate, educate, and prepare participants for InnovateFV Weekend in January of 2017.

While not all participants will be able to attend all of the invite-only events, it's our hope that those who can, will be much better prepared to pitch their business ideas and concepts in January of 2017.

What is #InnovateFV Weekend?
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.

How Will Work Space Availability & Assignments Be Managed?
As Teams form naturally Friday evening, any team requiring space to work can request space from Innovate Fuquay-Varina, which will have a list of participating venues in town that are donating space for teams to work during the weekend-long event. Venue sponsors are required to have both an appropriate work space, as well as wired/wireless internet.  Work space availability is on a "first-come, first-served" basis, and will be managed by Innovate Fuquay-Varina. There are no stipulations as to where each team works, or what hours they should work.  They have until 6pm Sunday evening to work on their startup business.

What Are Team Check-ins & Rogue Teams?
Throughout the entire process, participants may choose to depart teams for a variety of reasons.  The entire process is extremely fluid.  In some cases, "Rogue Teams" may form. These are teams of individuals who didn't initially form Friday night, but have come up with their own startup idea.  All existing teams, including rogue teams, are required to check-in with Innovate Fuquay-Varina at 11am on Saturday and Sunday.  This allows Innovate Fuquay-Varina to keep track of which teams currently exist during each phase/day of the weekend.

Progress Updates & Needs Requests
During the 11am check-ins on Saturday and Sunday, all existing teams are required to provide a brief update on their progress (verbal or written), as well as submit any "needs requests" (ie: Developers, Designers, Marketing, etc...).  Innovate Fuquay-Varina will announce these needs requests to available participants (including late arrivals) not already assisting a team, in hopes that each team receives the resources they need. Throughout the weekend, there will be plenty of networking opportunities for "freelance participants," while the various teams are busy building the foundations for their startup businesses.

IPL Day (Startup Presentations)| 6pm, Sunday, Jan. 10th
Initial Public Launch (IPL) Day, will be for some, the accumulation of 5 months worth of networking, learning, and hard dedicated work.  Each team still standing by 6pm on Sunday, January 29th will be provided with 5-10 minutes to unveil their new Startup to the public. This is their first official introduction to the Fuquay-Varina Community, as well as the world.

Startup Presentations will be witnessed by a panel of judges who will be looking for the best business startups in terms of both innovation, as well as contribution to the Fuquay-Varina community. Based on judges scores, the top-rated winners from IPL Day will receive prize packages to assist in their startup's future success.

How Will Startup Ideas Be Judged on IPL Day?
In regards to prizes and judging during #InnovateFV Weekend, participants are encouraged to consider TWO factors when pitching their startup ideas:

  • Innovation
  • Benefit to the Fuquay-Varina Community
Have questions about Innovate Fuquay-Varina 2016-2017 | 6-Month Startup & Business Development Initiative in Southern Wake? Contact Fuquay Chamber of Commerce

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TE Connectivity (and Fuquay Coworking)
8000 Purfoy Road
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

Friday, January 27, 2017 at 5:30 PM - Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 9:00 PM (EST)

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Fuquay Chamber of Commerce

It is the mission of the Fuquay-Varina Area Chamber of Commerce to provide leadership, promote quality economic growth and to serve the community in an effort to nurture the quality of life and enhance the prosperity of existing business in the Fuquay-Varina area, while providing a foundation for future development.

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