We’ve learned a lot through the years, improving each event to address the learning and networking needs of our attendees.  We’ve also hosted the conference in different venues throughout the region to expose our guests to unique experiences and speakers.

Here’s a quick recap of the content from past Innovate Carolina conferences.

2010: Our inaugural year!

  • Host location: University of North Carolina, Kenan Flagler Business School, Chapel Hill, NC

  • Keynote speaker: Marshal Brain, founder of “How Stuff Works”

  • Other speakers from RJR Reynolds, Britax, Michelin, Primo Water, Center for Creative Leadership

  • Practitioner panels on Customer Insight, Intellectual Property, Innovation strategy

2011 Theme – Open Innovation

  • Host location: Belk College of Business UNC Charlotte, NC

  • Keynote speakers: Gene Slowinski of Alliance Management Group and Louis Foreman of Enventys

  • Other speakers from Ingersoll Rand, Electrolux, Best Buy, Sealed Air, and GlaxoSmithKline

  • Announced the winner of our first Student Innovation Competition for the Carolinas Chapter (Ty Hagler)

2012 Theme – Innovating in Tough times: Practical Ways for Innovating when Budgets are Tight and Resources are Limited

2013 Theme – Bridging the gap between ideas and execution

  • Host location: NC A&T in Greensboro, NC

  • Keynote speakers: Chris Trimble, author of The Other Side of Innovation

  • Other speakers from Carolinas Health Care System, National Gypsum, Center for Design Innovation, InVue, Stage-gate International, New Edge

  • Video Highlights courtesy of Trig Innovation

2014 Theme - Building Your Career Toolkit: Innovative Paths for Innovative Product Development.

2015 Theme – Discovering Customer Needs

  • Host location: UNC - Charlotte, Center City Campus

  • Keynote speakers: Scott Fitzgerald, author of Middle Class Meltdown

  • Other speakers from Railinc, Duke Energy, Pragmatic Marketing, Prophet

  • Video Highlights courtesy of Trig Innovation

2016 Theme – Innovating beyond the product

  • Host location: UNC - Charlotte, Center City Campus

  • Keynote speakers: Dr. Lance Bettencourt

  • Other speakers from Lowes, FasterGlass, Duke Energy

2017 Theme – Accelerating Ideas to Market

  • Host location: NC Biotechnology Center in RTP, NC

  • Keynote speakers: Andy Cohen

  • Other speakers from Trig Innovation, The Service Design Group, Gear Stream and others

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2018 Theme - Ignite Your Innovation Vision: Practices Large and Small Companies Can Teach Each Other

  • Host location: NC Biotechnology Center in RTP, NC

  • Keynote speakers: Duke Chang, Fidelity

  • Other speakers from Planview, RTI, AICPA, NcRiOT, Veolia, Packard Place, Eastman Chemical, Service Design Group