2012 Coastal Entrepreneurship Awards to Shine Light on Business Stars at UNCW May 18

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

More than 250 members of the entrepreneurial community of Southeastern North Carolina will celebrate the 16th annual Coastal Entrepreneurship Awards, 7:30 a.m. Friday, May 18 in the University of North Carolina Wilmington Burney Center. The event is being hosted by the UNCW Entrepreneurship Center, LLC in partnership with the Greater Wilmington Business Journal.

Ten category winners and the 2012 Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year will be honored. Nominated companies include the Leland-based Glycotech, which supports large biotechnology companies including customers in Brazil; DryCase, whose innovative waterproof products for electronics are sold in more than twenty countries; and Progress Earth, Inc., a company which combines agriculture and technology through sustainable products. Seven seasoned local business leaders have served as award judges.

Entrepreneurship is fundamental to economic recovery in uncertain times. Companies must innovatively to "do more with less" to continue to grow. Many skilled individuals who have lost their jobs or are negatively impacted by the recession have started new companies in Southeastern North Carolina which have helped stabilize the economy.

The UNCW Entrepreneurship Center, LLC serves as a catalyst for entrepreneurial growth in the region and at the university. The EC strives to create business growth, jobs and innovation by linking emerging and high-growth ventures, entrepreneurs and partner organizations.

Visit http://uncwec.org for more information on the event and the full list of award winners.

Media contact:
Joy Davis, Marketing and Communications, 910.632.3903 or davisjc@uncw.edu