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UNCW Names Diane Durance Director of UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Diane Durance has been named director of the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE). She will assume her duties beginning June 20, 2016.

Durance brings 10 years of leading, coaching and mentoring startup technology ventures and entrepreneurial support organizations to UNCW. She is currently president of MiQuest, a Michigan 501(c)(3) supporting early- and second-stage ventures across the state.

3 Essential Strategies for Small Business App Development

What can a small business do to create a valuable and engaging app without breaking the bank? On May 18th at the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Senior Technical Architect and mobile app developer William Mansfield answered that question. Mansfield offers a three-pronged approach for small businesses developing apps.


Student teams from Topsail High School and Duplin Early College High School earn top honors in inaugural Chancellor’s High School Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition.

The competition’s final event, held May 14 at UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), involved six teams of finalists from five area high schools: Topsail, John T. Hoggard, East Columbus, Duplin Early College and Coastal Christian. 


TED Talk Thursdays

Thursdays in June, 6-7:30 p.m.

Learn more about business and technology through fun, informal sessions designed to simplify complex concepts. Experts will facilitate discussions on topics from big data and privacy to robotics.

Register by emailing cie@uncw.edu


Shark Tank Think Tank

Every Friday in June*, 7pm - 9pm, CIE

This "mini" Shark Tank will involve analysis of episodes of this reality television show followed by an activity led by local entrepreneurs to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each pitch. Innovative activities will teach children how to pitch their own ideas and become entrepreneurs. Popcorn and lemonade will be served. This event is free and open to youth in the community.

Register by emailing cie@uncw.edu

*Program dates are June 3, 10, 17, 24.


Website Basics for Business Owners

Every Monday in June, 12:00pm - 1:30pm, CIE

If you want a website or better web presence, please join us for this four-session hands-on workshop. Certification will be issued upon completion of all sessions.

Register by emailing cie@uncw.edu