Become a member

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Benefits of Membership

Becoming a member of the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is not required to attend most general events, however becoming a member symbolizes your support for the Center’s mission, ensures attendance for all events including special events, offers additional opportunities and recognition not available to non-members and supports the Center’s resources to maintain and expand programs that support entrepreneurship in the Cape Fear Region. Membership at this time is FREE but is subject to change in the very near future. Specifically the benefits for members are:

  • Attendance at all Entrepreneurship events
  • Eligiblity to present at the Rocket Pitch series
  • Can attend member only networking sessions and office hours
  • Specially-notated member name tags for events
  • Member Recognition on the website

Membership Options

Before submitting an application it is important to understand some membership guidelines to help us ensure individuals and companies involved in the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship are aligned with the mission and the quality experiences, people and programs offered.

Submitting an application does not guarantee membership. Applications are reviewed to ensure a proper fit with the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Membership can be revoked if it is discovered you are blatantly advertising or selling your products/services at events including solicitations, forcible networking or taking advantage of members, engaging in business or professional activities that may be deemed “unethical”, misrepresenting your affiliation with the Center or publicizing the Center using falsified statements.

Your membership begins when your application is received and accepted. There are six types of membership options available which are listed below. Please ensure you select the right membership type for you and/or your company.

Download and complete a Membership Application (PDF), click 'print' and print as a pdf saving the file to your computer, email the saved pdf to

  1. Individual Membership: This is the standard membership for one person.
  2. Partner Membership: This is for two entrepreneurs and/or executives who are part of the same company or organization.
  3. Company Membership Less than 50 Employees: This membership level allows all members of your organization to participate as members in the CIE under your company’s name.
  4. Corporate Membership More than 50 Employees: This membership level allows all members of your organization to participate as members in the CIE under your company’s name.
  5. Student Membership: This membership is for University and Community College students to become part of the CIE. You must be formally enrolled to be eligible for this membership level.
  6. UNCW Faculty/Staff Membership: For UNCW Faculty and Staff this special membership level provides an opportunity to become involved in the Center.

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