Fish 2.0 participants
CIE Media Team
Chancellor Sartarelli talking at the CIE.
The first annual North Carolina Entrepreneurship Educators Conference takes place at the CIE in 2017.

Register for membership now

We are the region’s largest sponsor of events, training, and educational programs for the entrepreneurial community.

The CIE nurtures emerging companies and works to accelerate the entrepreneurial ecosystem in southeastern North Carolina. 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.

Follow us on social media:

Facebook      Twitter       Instagram      LinkedIn

CIE News and Events

Cameron Meredith and models

Friday Feature: Cameron Meredith and the New Fashion Industry Model(s)

Last time the CIE featured Cameron Meredith was in October 2016, just a handful of months after he launched ReMarkable, a marker recycling startup, and Meredith Media Group, a collection of models, photographers, hair and makeup stylists, and designers unique for its all-in-one approach.

CIE Manager of Programs and Operations, Laura Brogdon-Primavera, wins the UNCW Staff Award for Excellence in Engagement

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship's Manager of Programs and Operations, Laura Brogdon-Primavera, won the UNCW Staff Award for Excellence in Engagement last Friday, March 9.

Presented by the UNCW Office of Community Engagement, the award recognizes a UNCW staff member who has partnered with the community of Wilmington for engaged and applied learning, scholarship, and community service. The award recipient makes significant contributions to the university's culture of engagement and strengthens its connections and partnerships with regional communities. It also recognizes outstanding collaborative work which creates partnerships and positively impacts the local community.

Petrics smart bed

Friday Feature: Ed Hall, Healthy Pets, and the World’s First Smart Pet Bed

Entrepreneurship is about solving a problem—about easing your customer's pain. Petrics, the pet healthcare company making IoT products and making waves in small business news lately, does it by making life easier for pet owners and healthier for pets. For its founder, Ed Hall, the path to startup stardom began with his mother. With three cats and a dog, Hall's mother found it impossible to keep track of which pets needed which foods in what amounts.

Enter Petrics.


NC fILM Forum: Connecting Our Community's Creatives

5:30 - 7:00 PM

Wilmington Brewing Company

Meredith Jones and Mary Margaret Folds, co-founders of Firelux Films, share their comedic story about the lessons they learned as entrepreneurs in the Creative Startups cohort. RSVP on FacebookJoin the Facebook group to keep connected.


Grant Writing Basics for Social-Impact Ventures

5:30 - 7:30 PM

Back by popular demand, David Morrison, MPA, CMRc and Althea Lewis, MBA, MCE will team up to present this action-packed seminar focusing on the basics of grant writing for social good. Nonprofits and socially-responsible organizations welcome.

Free for members, $15 for nonmembers. Register here.