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Heather McWhorter Named Interim CIE Director
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
Diane Durance

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...

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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Please see the Best for the Nest site for the latest information about COVID-19 protocols on campus.

Chancellor Sartarelli Creates Renewal and Change Accountability Committee to Advance Diversity and Inclusion



CIE’s applied learning project in 2020
4 UNCW art students participated in CIE’s applied learning project beginning in January. You can imagine the challenges they had to overcome this year. To schedule your own self guided visit, please contact The files you’ll need for your tour are below. OR, if COVID-19 has you stuck at home for awhile, check out Bradleigh giving a tour here.

Wilmington Way 

Wrightsville Ave.

Seahawk Alley



Karl Ricanek, Lapetus Solutions Inc. announced on the North Carolina Black Entrepreneurship Council - KUDOS Karl, way to represent Wilmington! 

NC IDEA FOUNDATION Awards Total of $300,000 to Six NC Startups (1 from Wilmington!)

CIE Advances Entrepreneurial Support with NC IDEA ECOSYSTEM Grant


CIE Announces NC BIONEER Venture Challenge Award Winners!