Thursday, Nov. 9 | 1 to 6:30 p.m.     

Be a Catalyst for Change in Our Region

This collaborative annual event gathers a cross-section of the region’s entrepreneurs and business leaders from start-ups to established corporations to tackle issues that impact innovation in our region. The Innovate Raleigh Summit is brought to you in partnership with the City of Raleigh Office of Economic Development and Innovation, the Raleigh Chamber, and Wake County Economic Development.
The afternoon kicks off with a stellar panel of trailblazers (to be announced soon). In seven dynamic breakout sessions, thought leaders will take deep dives into crowdfunding, advocacy and storytelling, talent attraction, quality of place, and more (including parking!). Then grab a drink and a snack and wrap the day at the Summit social hosted by the Raleigh Convention Center. 

Bring your ideas to the table and be a catalyst for change. Innovate Raleigh idea-makers have galvanized the founding of the HQ Raleigh co-working space, a direct flight from RDU to San Francisco, and meet-ups for entrepreneurs. They also convened the group that started “Raleigh M.A.I.N. Events,” promoting music, design, arts, and innovation during the month of September. 

Reserve your spot today to ensure you're part of the movement.

RSVP by Nov. 2  $90 per attendee (40% discount for workspace/incubator/accelerator members (limited time only!)


Peter Kageyama is the author of "For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places" and the follow-up, "Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places."

Planetizen recognized "For the Love of Cities" as a Top 10 Book in 2012 in urban planning, design, and development.  He is the former president of Creative Tampa Bay, a grassroots community change organization and the co-founder of the Creative Cities Summit, an interdisciplinary conference that brings citizens and practitioners together around the big idea of "the city."

Peter is a senior fellow with the Alliance for Innovation, a national network of city leaders that is dedicated to improving the practice of local government. Since speaking to them in 2013, Peter has become a special advisor to America In Bloom.  He is an internationally sought-after community development consultant and grassroots engagement strategist who speaks all over the world about bottom-up community development and the amazing people who are making change happen.


+ A Stellar Panel featuring:


Cheetie Kumar

Garland, Neptune's, Kings & Birds of Avalon


John Hayes



Cicely Mitchell

The Art of Cool Project



Justin Miller

WedPics, El Taco Cartel


Chancellor Randy Woodson

NC State University

Breakout Sessions


Thanks to the recent NC Paces Act, crowdfunding is having a moment in North Carolina. What are the myths? Misconceptions? We'll host special guests Concetta Rand (iFundWomen), Benji Jones (Ward and Smith attorney), Leo John (NC Secretary of State office), Jim Verdonik (Ward and Smith attorney), Mark Easley and moderated by Ravila Gupta (CED) to take a deep dive into investment and rewards-based crowdfunding, chart who’s raising successfully and what strategies work, and think out what this means for the Triangle.  


Startups, mid-size companies, and publicly traded corporations all succeed or fail based on their ability to innovate, and more often than not, city government and public sector stakeholders are part of that process – regardless of whether we want them to be. What are the steps to develop and execute comprehensive, creative and strategic public affairs campaigns? How do you effectively communicate with diverse constituencies and stakeholders to achieve results? How do you access traditionally influential government establishments such as elected officials, and economic development organizations, as well as potential strategic partners to achieve results? We'll answer these and more with brainstorming and discussion with special guests Justin Miller (Taco Cartel), Emily Sexton (The Flourish Market), and Erin White (Community Food Lab).


Why Raleigh? What makes people move here and what are the selling points we use to encourage them? We'll focus on uncovering challenges and opportunities of new transplants moving to the market, as well as companies that are actively recruiting from tier one markets (SF, NY, Boston, Seattle, etc).  We will dig in deep to learn both pros and cons of the market (from a talent perspective) and we will work to identify the priority items we should focus on to continue attracting and retaining top talent. Featuring special guests: Emily Diaz (15Five), Jon Hayes (Reward Stock), Matthew Sniff (Map My Customers), Duane Barnes (RapidScale), John Cowan (6Fusion), Dan Parham (Neighborland) and moderated by Sean Patrick Tario (Open Spectrum).


What stereotypes hold us back from true innovation in our entrepreneurial ecosystem? Are we siloing ourselves or our students based on assumptions? We'll approach these and other questions by drawing the problem out--literally. Get ready to take up a pen, re-orient your perspective, and think out the similarities and differences between innovation and entrepreneurship.


What is Raleigh's single largest shared space? Our streets. With the coming growth and our penchant for streetfairs, how does Raleigh deal with the parking problem? Get ready to think out this puzzle with a dynamic group of government transportation officials, downtown businessmen, tech minded problem solvers, and more. We'll look at what the situation is now and brainstorm how to approach our parking problem with safer, more abundant, future-focused answers. Featuring special guests Richard Adams (Kimley-Horn and Associates), Fred Burchett (Kimley-Horn and Associates), and Paul Kallam (City of Raleigh).


Blank walls and silence don't inspire, so why would we treat our companies and our co-working spaces like metaphorical equivalents? We need art to enliven our senses and push our boundaries. We'll look at the ways artists are already embedded into the fabric of our innovation ecosystem and look at the ways artists are using tech, engaging community and inspiring platforms that change creative industries. Featured guests include Cameron Britt (EMvibe), Kelly McChesney (Lump Gallery and The Forge Initiative), Leslie Hinson (Red Hat, UX, Pattern Fly)

Connecting the Triangle

The Triangle is a simple nickname for myriad of connected spaces with unique identities. Each city has a valuable personality, but can we come together for a shared purpose as a region? We'll map the neighborhoods, talk connection points, and think out how we can better our connectivity in the face of our future growth and the big deals that may just define us before we can.