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Grow Your New Venture Here! 

The CIE nurtures emerging ventures and connects entrepreneurs to a world of startup support services. Whether you’re from the community or UNCW faculty, staff, student, or alumni, we’re here to accelerate the launch and growth of your business. We are a vibrant hub of innovation and a central facility that offers both small business education events and a state-of-the-art incubator space.

  • The CIE is open and actively assisting entrepreneurs with:
    • Virtual networking and education programs
    • Private offices, conference rooms, co-working space, and virtual tenancy
    • Team-based mentoring
    • Investor readiness programs
    • Guidance on grants and other funding opportunities
    • Online Givitas network for getting and giving advice
    • High school entrepreneurship programs
  • Want to help early stage ventures? The CIE welcomes mentors with startup expertise and those with specific industry knowledge and general business experience.  

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Heather McWhorter Named Interim Director of the CIE

August 12, 2021 - Effective August 16, Heather McWhorter will serve as the interim director of UNCW’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE) . The CIE offers programs, services and activities to promote and support entrepreneurship and small business innovation in ...more

UNCW CIE’s Diane Durance to Pursue New Venture

Diane Durance, director of the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, will leave UNCW effective Aug. 13 to return to her home state of Michigan. In her new job with a group of “angel investors,” she will help entrepreneurs start their businesses on solid footing.   more...

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