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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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.

Entrepreneurship 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


  • 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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