2015 Upcoming Events
- May 21, 7:30-9:45 a.m., Burney Center - 2015 Greater Wilmington Business Journal Coastal Entrepreneur Awards
- May 26, 6:00-9:00 p.m., CIE - Building and Validating Data Entry Forms in AngularJS
- May 28, 4:00-7:00 p.m., CIE - The Coastal Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: It’s Not a Jungle Out There - Join representatives from the CIE, Seahawk Innovation, Elite Innovations, tekMountain, Ignition, and the Small Business and Technology Development Center in an exploration of the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Learn how it supports innovators, entrepreneurs and businesses in the Wilmington area and sustains both incubator and accelerator resources necessary for continued growth. Register Now!
CIE in the News
- UNCW's CIE celebrates growth, looks ahead to future leadership - Port City Daily, 05.26.15
- The new face of aging: UNCW professor turns life expectancy research into business - Port City Daily, 05.18.15
- Putting Buzzwords To Work - GWBJ, 05.18.15
- UNCW student has dream of green gym - Star News, 05.11.15
- Flippze Focuses On Student Users - GWBJ, 05.08.15
- UNCW Officials Look at CIE's Future - GWBJ, 03.27.15
- Tick-killing robot inventors open business office in Wilmington - Triangle Business Journal, 03.05.15
- UNC Wilmington Focuses on Building Region's Biotech and Medical Industries - Time Warner Cable News, 02.26.15
- Wireless Technology Goes To The Dogs - GWBJ, 02.17.15
- Why a new focus on entrepreneurship in Wilmington? - WRAL TechWire, 02.09.15
- Wilmington-based company says it's built a better baby bottle - Star News, 02.07.15
- 2014: Wilmington Proved It's a Town for Tourists And Startups - ExitEvent, 12.31.14
- UNCW's CIE Supports Veterans on the Road to Entrepreneurship - UNCW, 12.22.14
- Event Explores Social Marketing, Celebrates 'great' Year For Center - GWBJ, 12.18.14
Schedule Fly, Inc
After leaving his software consulting job in 2005, Wes Aiken wrote the first code for ScheduleFly, a software company, focused on helping restaurants with staff scheduling needs. Due to the simplistic approach and increasing need for efficient time management, ScheduleFly now services over 1000 restaurants. Aiken, a UNCW alum, saw the need for a simple, user friendly system to keep track of the ever changing, often times confusing schedules for restaurant employees while working as a waiter during college. There had to be a replacement for the sticky notes requesting shift changes, mid-week swaps, or managing who can and cannot make it. So after developing and running ScheduleFly from his closet for two years, Aiken teamed up with Tyler Rullman and Wil Brawley to focus on growing their customer base and creating more awareness about their technology in the restaurant industry.
Being a virtual company, the team can work wherever they chose. Aiken, a native Tarheel and UNCW alumni, chose Wilmington because of the ideal location and the friendly small business environment. The three owners are committed to building a lifestyle business that allows them to spend time with family and pursue personal interests while growing ScheduleFly. The UNCW Entrepreneurship Center has provided ScheduleFly an opportunity to meet and network with other likeminded business owners and discuss ways to overcome similar challenges. As with other small businesses, awareness and educating potential subscribers are two major challenges. ScheduleFly plans to increase visibility and awareness among customer with the assistance of the UNCWEC.
View Company Website: Schedule Fly, Inc