Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Accomplishments in 2019

Accomplishments in 2018 

  • Convened a collaborative production of a 12-segment video series "The Business of Shellfish Aquaculture"
  • Launched a pilot program to engage mentors with early-stage startups
  • Collaborated with New Hanover Regional Medical Center and tekMountain to develop a multi-session Innovation Boot Camp program
  • Held two Boot Camp sessions for NHRMC innovation teams with 25 participants
  • CIE and tekMountain collaborated on the 15th Annuel WITX (Wilmington Information Technology eXchange) Conference
  • CIE Mentor Group Program forms its first Quote Quest mentor team
  • CIE Media Team increased the total number of client projects since inception to 104
  • Co-hosted 10th Annual Coastal Entrepreneur Awards with the Greater Wilmington Business Journal and recognized the Top Ten for Ten winners in ten business categories
  • Managed and hosted the 3rd Annual UNCW Chancellor's High School Business Plan Competition
  • Held the first Wilmington-based Blockchain Summit
  • Collaborated with the Wilmington Cape Fear Home Builders Association to preper the Youth Entrepreneurship Program
  • The CIE Mentor Group Program pilot program has 50 volunteer mentors, three active committees, five vetted companies, one focus group meeting, and one active mentoring team
  • CIE Media Team produced a video for the Tommy Hilfiger Social Innovation Challenge semi-finalist and CIE member, Bear Fiber
  • The CIE Portfolio Program ended the fiscal year providing services to 23 entrepreneurs

Accomplishments in 2017 

Accomplishments in 2016

  • Launched youth entrepreneurship initiatives, including the Shark Tank Think Tank and High School Business Plan Competition
  • Hosted the second annual CIE Welcome Week with 350 attendees
  • Hosted its second IEI Discovery Forum
  • Brought the Paul Singh Tech Tour to Wilmington
  • Hosted 3 Day Startup
  • Hosted our first Hackathon
  • Cosponsored the second annual Cucalorus CONNECT festival
  • Celebrated Turnip Learning winning Port City Pitch and Special Pedals taking second place at the BB&T Leadership Symposium
  • Hosted 95 events

Accomplishments in 2015

  • Connected Pocket Palz with major manufacture/distribution company
  • Facilitated AroundCampus Group Internship Sales Team's success.
  • Appointed 25 distinguished business professionals to UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship's Advisory Board.
  • Hosted or sponsored over 20 events including a successful "Law Day" event which sold out.
  • Hosted frequent "Business Focus Group" events.
  • UNCW and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship were featured on UNC-TV as part of the tour of the 17 member institutions in the UNC system. Watch this video detailing just a few of the many innovative programs at UNCW to see why we have become one of the top ten public institutions in the South according to U.S. News and World Report.

Accomplishments in 2014

  • Connected NextGlass, nCino, and other clients to NCTA which led to Wilmington winning multiple awards
  • EntreManureShip invests in Cape Fear Commerce
  • Encouraged clients and members to apply to CED Tech Venture for stage time and demo room - 5 participated
  • Made additions to the co-working space with community and student companies
  • EasyVote made the news in the Washington Post and Xconomy
  • Participated in Cucalorus 10x10 to create a short film with filmmaker, Khang Mai
  • Created a Tough Love Session in which startups competed for free SxSW badges for 2015
  • Aspirin Event which sold out
  • SBA named CIE as one of the top 50 Accelerators in the USA
  • Coastal Connect Conference had 300 people - Hugh Forrest was the keynote

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