More Upcoming Events

  • May 13, 2014 - Internship Summit - Learn how to secure UNCW students as interns for your company and how to become a part of the Certified Internship Program
  • June, 2014 - Potential Rocket Pitch
  • June 19, 2014 - Three Level of Investors - Early Angels, Angel Groups and Venture Capitalists
  • July 17, 2014 - Tom Fisher, Senior VP & CIO of Cloud at Oracle Corp. - Fisher has been at the C-Level for tech giants such as Qualcomm, eBay, and Gateway Computers.
  • Sept. 4, 2014 - Anniversary Event of CIE Grand Opening

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Who Has My Aspirin?

The Big 5 Employers:

Pains That Keep Us Up at


With N.C. Treasurer, Janet Cowell

April 24, 8 a.m., Terraces on Sir Tyler, 1826 Sir Tyler Drive

The Big 5 Employers: Pains That Keep Us Up at Night: Leaders from five of the region's largest companies will share their needs, the common challenges they face and opportunities for local entrepreneurs to provide solutions.

Sponsored by Human Capital Solutions Inc., Castle Branch/tekMountain, Pathfinder Wealth Consulting, UNCW Cameron School of Business

Media sponsor, Greater Wilmington Business Journal

To register visit Event Registration Page

May 22, Breakfast event, Burney Center, UNCW Campus

Greater Wilmington Business Journal 2014 Coastal Entrepreneur Awards

The mission of the Coastal Entrepreneur Awards is to help foster more entrepreneurial activity and higher paying jobs in the region. The category winners will be profiled in a special Coastal Entrepreneur Awards section of the Business Journal and honored at the awards breakfast.

Our Vision

UNCW and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship was recently featured on UNC-TV as part of the tour of the 17 member institutions in the UNC system. Watch this video detailing just a few of the many innovative programs at UNCW to see why we have become one of the top ten public institutions in the South according to U.S. News and World Report.

The UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) works to identify and nurture high-growth, high-impact companies and to accelerate the entrepreneurial ecosystem in southeastern North Carolina.

Our center is a nurturing environment for innovators as well as the entrepreneurs who will start the businesses to bring those innovations to the marketplace. With a combination of event space for training, co-working space for “napkin-stage” startups, low cost office space, experienced mentors and a future venture capital fund, we have created a great environment for startups in a great place – Wilmington, NC. Our unique events centered around increasing sales, preparing successful SBIR grant proposals and developing better investor presentations will help entrepreneurs make better fundamental decisions at an early stage, setting them on the path to success within the local economy.

Our center serves both the students and faculty of UNC Wilmington as well as the startups interested in being a part of our community. Our events are currently free and always lead to lively discussions about the new talent discovered in our backyard. We often invite out-of-town professionals from the entrepreneurship and business development worlds to speak about a variety of topics relevant to today’s economic challenges and opportunities for growing a business.

Please visit this site often for news about upcoming events and opportunities to see and hear from the companies you will read about tomorrow and for years to come.

In 2014, the CIE will have an additional focus on Innovation to help spur Entrepreneurship.


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