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Fish 2.0

Fish 2.0 Workshop Draws Seafood Industry Startups

Oysters, crab, shrimp, lobster and scallops were on the menu at this week’s Fish 2.0 South Atlantic & Gulf Coast Shellfish Workshop, hosted by University of North Carolina Wilmington at the university’s MARBIONC facility.

from the Greater Wilmington Business Journal

Jon Chowthi

The CIEhawks Media Team: Passion and Profession Combined

Nestled in the back of the CIE’s private offices is one startup that’s not a startup at all—or at least, not anymore. The Media Team began as a tenant company a few years ago, but it slowly transitioned into a branch of the CIE. A passionate film student founded it and now its legacy continues with student staff members from UNCW’s Film Studies and Communication Studies departments.

Student Opportunities at the CIE

While the CIE often functions independently of UNCW, we love students and we love to see them taking advantage of the accommodations here for them. Most students don’t realize just how many resume-boosting and career-launching opportunities are available on our premises.


Design-Based Innovation Session

12:00 to 3:00 PM

Based on the content of Harvard University’s Clayton Christensen and collaboration with his company, Innosight, this session is for teams with a vested interest in understanding innovation coupled with the application of design thinking principles for shaping solutions to significant problems.

Participants will understand:

  • processes, tools and techniques that support innovation initiatives
  • customer-focused solution processes
  • an approach to solving the right problems
  • the connection of successful design-based innovation to corporate culture, management versus leadership, and business strategy

Free for members; $15 for nonmembers. Register here.


CIE Workshop Series: Startup Financing

12:00 - 4:00 PM

This workshop, sponsored by the CIE and Hutchison, PLLC, will explore the basics of startup financing and tools for navigating the investment process. In addition to getting a general overview on equity and convertible debt funding, participants receive term sheets that can be used as starting points for a SAFE or convertible debt financing and a series seed financing. The presentation will focus on SAFE financings, convertible debt financings and early stage equity financings. Lunch will be provided.

Free for members; $15 for nonmembers. Register here.