Regional entrepreneurs mingle at the 2013 Entrepreneurship Summit

About Us

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.

Through events, opportunities, research, education and building relationships, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is building a large community of entrepreneurs.

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Top 10 Accomplishments in 2014

  • Connected NextGlass, nCino, and other clients to NCTA which led to Wilmington winning multiple awards
  • EntreManureShip invests in Cape Fear Commerce
  • Encouraged clients and members to apply to CED Tech Venture for stage time and demo room - 5 participated
  • Made additions to the co-working space with community and student companies
  • EasyVote made the news in the Washington Post and Xconomy
  • Participated in Cucalorus 10x10 to create a short film with filmmaker, Khang Mai
  • Created a Tough Love Session in which startups competed for free SxSW badges for 2015
  • Aspirin Event SOLD OUT
  • SBA named CIE as one of the top 50 Accelerators in the USA
  • Coastal Connect Conference had 300 people - Hugh Forrest was the keynote

Other Accomplishments

  • 40 companies call CIE home
  • 3 members have won awards: Next Glass, 2 NCTA awards; Watson College of Education, Emerging Issues Forum; Dry Corp, Business NC Magazine Small Business of the Year
  • 70% of money raised by Wired Wizards Indiegogo campaign was donated by CIE supporters
  • 45 major events hosted since opening September 5, 2013
  • 85 average number of attendees to our monthly events making them standing room only
  • 20+ placed interns
  • $75,000 invested into CIE tenant GO2, LLC by the Innovation Fund
  • Added PivotPitch to the traditional RocketPitch event
  • Helped Increase the number of GWBJ Coastal Entrepreneur Awards registrations
  • Added a new tagline, "Where the River of Innovation Meets an Ocean of Possibilities"

Available Resources


Physical Address:

803 S College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

We are located just off campus near the intersection of S. College Road and MacMillan.

Mailing Address:

UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
601 South College Road
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Wilmington, NC 28403-5676


Laura Brogdon, Administrative Assistant
(910) 962-2206

Ron Vetter,
(910) 962.3224,


Former Entrepreneurship Center Accomplishments

The center's accomplishments include:

  • Provided forums through the Rocket Pitch series resulting in customer contracts exceeding $100,000 and debt and equity financing topping $4 million.
  • Helped startup companies secure $5.2 million in equity financing through its signature Rocket Pitch events and meetings facilitated by the center
  • Created numerous mentor relationships
  • Recruited 3 businesses and helped launch 12 new startup companies in the region, three owned by UNCW graduates
  • Indirectly supported the creation of jobs and student internships for area startup companies
  • Educated area small business owners through entrepreneur speakers and classes, individual advice sessions, and training seminars

Historical Timeline

  • Spring 2009 - Inception as "Entrepreneurship Initiative"
  • Spring 2010 - Formalized into "Entrepreneruship Center"
  • October 2011 - Identified as one of the Top 20 Emerging Entrepreneurship Centers in the nation by the Financial Services Forum
  • February 2012 - Reorganized into a Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  • February 2013 - Hosted Regional Entrepreneurship Summit and contracted with Startupoint
  • April 2013 - Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Supports Economic Growth in Region with Establishment of Private Venture Capital Fund (more)
  • Jim Roberts Named Director of CIE (more)

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