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The first annual North Carolina Entrepreneurship Educators Conference takes place at the CIE in 2017.

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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.

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David Morrison

Friday Feature: David Morrison Coaches Nonprofits from Formation to Foundation

When he completed his bachelor’s degree in English at UNCW, David Morrison wanted to become a journalist. But in the years since, he’s instead found himself helping fledgling nonprofits, and now he’s founding his own business—DF Morrison Consulting.

2017 Women to Watch

Announcing WILMA's Leadership Institute 2018 Class

The CIE's Manager of Programs and Operations, Laura Brogdon-Primavera, has been named one of WILMA's 2018 Leadership Initiative class.
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Petrics to be shown as 'Innovation Award' winner at CES

via Greater Wilmington Business Journal

Petrics, a Wilmington-based pet technology company, has been selected as a CES 2018 Innovation Awards Honoree, according to a news release from the company.

The company was selected as an honoree in both the Smart Home and Tech for a Better World product categories, officials said. Petrics will exhibit at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), a major industry trade show that runs Jan. 9-12 in Las Vegas.


LinkedIn & Personal Brand Workshop with Pivot Launch Coaching & Whittington Consulting Group

3:00 - 5:00 PM

If you want to learn how to dial in your professional brand and learn the right way to use LinkedIn, come join us. Mike Hunter and Neal Whittington will co-present on the power of branding combined with the reach of LinkedIn. Once they have shifted your mindset on how these two things go together, they will facilitate a profile work session.

Attendees must bring a PDF version of their LinkedIn profile. 

Free for students, grad students, and members; $15 for nonmembers. Register here


Creating a Successful Startup in the 21st Century

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Tobin Geatz joins the CIE for seminars on entrepreneurship. Participants will discover:

  •  What your startup needs to be successful in the 21st century

  •  Why money doesn't solve your problems as a startup

  •  What Seahawk Innovation looks for in its startup companies from an investor's point of view

Please bring a bag lunch.

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