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Heather McWhorter Named Interim Director of the CIE

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

National spotlight shines on Wilmington, its flourishing entrepreneurial community

“All Blue Week” Launches UNCW’s Alliance for the Blue Economy, Nov. 2-6

All Blue Week aims to hook Wilmington on a blue economy


November: 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.

August 27: Karl Ricanek, Lapetus Solutions Inc. announced on the North Carolina Black Entrepreneurship Council - KUDOS Karl, way to represent Wilmington! 

May 20: CIE Announces NC BIONEER Venture Challenge Award Winners!

May 14: NC IDEA FOUNDATION Awards Total of $300,000 to Six NC Startups (1 from Wilmington!)

CIE Advances Entrepreneurial Support with NC IDEA ECOSYSTEM Grant

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April 24: Four local startups led by women selected for NC IDEA program

April 23: UNCW's Third Annual Chancellor's High School Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition Names Winners

April 21: High school student entrepreneurs compete for cash prizes

April 12: Cardinal Crowdfunding Solutions form strategic  partnership with LogicBay to support equity crowdfunding in North Carolina

March 24: The groups in Wilmington that are building a ‘Coalition’ for startups

March 8: Wilmington-based modeling startup Meredith Media is moving up in the fashion world

February 5: The Write Stuff: Wilmington startup looks to inspire teachers and help students


November 29: Announcing WILMA's Leadership Institute 2018 Class (including CIE Manager of Programs & Operations Laura Brogdon-Primavera!)

November 27: Concussion management firm raises $205,000 in private equity offering

November 16: Petrics to be shown as 'Innovation Award' winner at CES

November 3: Talking Wilmington's Cucalorus Connect and entrepreneurial startup ecosystem with tech veteran Tom Looney

October 18: UNCW's DeGennaro, Durance and McCall Winners of WILMA's 2017 Women to Watch Award

October 18: Congressman hosts youth leadership conference in Clinton

October 14: Gastro Girl: turning the job no one wanted into a breakthrough business

September 30: Wilmington models walk in New York Style Fashion Week show for Amehl

September 27: Wilmington filmmakers in running to have film produced by Duplas

September 25: InnovateSENC: Wilmington episode airs on UNCTV

August 14: Wilmington tech firm raises $3.4M

August 10: Nearly $12M Goes to MedTech, Sales Tech, Facial Recognition, An Energy Drink & VC Fund This Week

July 31: Life Insurance Company Partners with Lapetus Solutions to Launch Innovative Website to Produce a Life Insurance Quote Based on a Selfie Photo

July 11: UNKNOWN EXCURSIONS: Discover local hidden gems with "Get in the Car and Go"

June 29: Cucalorus Festival gets state economic development funds

May 24: UNCW, Greater Wilmington Business Journal Name PlayerSpace Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year

May 19: InnovateHER and the Art of the Pitch

May 5: 2017 CEA Winner in Film: Cucalorus Connect

May 5: CIE Event Taps Into Teen Entrepreneurial Talent

May 2: Cucalorus rebranding, names new coordinator for stage portion

May 1: Harrells Christian Academy and Union High School win big at second annual Chancellor’s High School Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition

April 26: High schoolers demonstrate business sense at second annual Chancellor's High School Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition

April 20: UNCW Researcher Receives $1.47M for Toxin Test Creation

April 17: This Wilmington tech start-up is fixing what’s missing from virtual reality

April 10: Workshop Links Regional Seafood Startups With Global Resources

April 4: Student Wins $10,000 Challenge

April 4: Through Sensors Embedded in Shoes, NC Tech Madness Champion Aims to Pioneer Locomotion for VR Gamers

April 4: Nonprofit Advisor for UNCW CIE talks about the industry on this week's Institute for Emerging Issues podcast

April 3: City council gets update on UNCW's innovation center

March 17: Fish 2.0 workshop draws seafood industry startups

January 27: Children's Book by UNCW Alumnus Hits Shelves

January 26: UNCW announces shellfish workshop, initiative for businesses

January 4: New UNCW Entrepreneurship Center director is fishing for startups


December 16: UNCW grad student expanding program to help non-profits

November 21: Science students at UNCW help the world with a hackathon

June 1: UNCW Names Diane Durance Director of UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

June 1: UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hosting “TED Talk Thursdays”

May 24: UNCW, Greater Wilmington Business Journal Name Beau’s Coffee 2016 Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year

May 17: Student teams from Topsail High School and Duplin Early College High School earned top honors in the inaugural Chancellor’s High School Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition.

May 12: High School Entrepreneurs to Present Business Proposals at CIE Competition Finals

April 18: Wired Wizards Head to World Championships

April 15: New Place to Put Your Phone at a UNCW Baseball Game

April 7: State of Technology: Startup Showcase

April 1: Inside The Start Ups: Meet some of the women playing a part in the area’s growing tech scene


UNCW entrepreneurship center creates 'paying advisory board' - WECT 09.16.15 

Lapetus Secures Funding, Plans Pilot Tests - GWBJ, 06.08.15

UNCW's CIE celebrates growth, looks ahead to future leadership - Port City Daily, 05.26.15 

The new face of aging: UNCW professor turns life expectancy research into business - Port City Daily, 05.18.15 

Putting Buzzwords To Work - GWBJ, 05.18.15

UNCW student has dream of green gym - Star News, 05.11.15 

Flippze Focuses On Student Users - GWBJ, 05.08.15 

UNCW Officials Look at CIE's Future - GWBJ, 03.27.15

Tick-killing robot inventors open business office in Wilmington - Triangle Business Journal, 03.05.15 

UNC Wilmington Focuses on Building Region's Biotech and Medical Industries - Time Warner Cable News, 02.26.15 

Wireless Technology Goes To The Dogs - GWBJ, 02.17.15 

Why a new focus on entrepreneurship in Wilmington? - WRAL TechWire, 02.09.15 

Wilmington-based company says it's built a better baby bottle - Star News, 02.07.15 

Lapetus Secures Funding, Plans Pilot Tests - GWBJ, 06.08.15

Wilmington Startup Among Winners At Charlotte Competition - GWBJ, 04.01.15

NC IDEA Selects 26 Semi-Finalists from Across the State in Spring 2015 Grant Cycle (3 Wilmington Companies included) - NCIDEA, 03.30.15

2014 Year In Review - GWBJ, 01.07.15


2014: Wilmington Proved It's a Town for Tourists And Startups - ExitEvent, 12.31.14 

UNCW's CIE Supports Veterans on the Road to Entrepreneurship - UNCW, 12.22.14

Event Explores Social Marketing, Celebrates 'great' Year For Center- GWBJ, 12.18.14 

WATCH: When Entrepreneurs and Filmmakers Got Together at Cucalorus - ExitEvent, 11.24.14

Scott Moody's choice: 'Internet of You,' not 'Internet of Things' - WRAL Tech Wire, 11.21.14

Cucalorus 10x10 Project Gives Startups Screen Time, Experience - GWBJ, 11.18.14

Bringing competitive spirit to coast leads to White House invite - WRAL Tech Wire, 11.17.14

CIE Director Visits White House To Accept Award - GWBJ, 11.13.14

NCino, Other Local Startups Shine At Tech Awards - GWBJ, 11.07.14

EasyVote's Software Promises Smoother Running Elections - Xconomy, 11.03.14

Business Rx: Election tech company votes for growth - The Washington Post, 11.02.14

Competition Offers Prize Of South By Southwest Interactive Passes - GWBJ, 10.31.14

CIE Tenant Lands Seed Money Investment From Raleigh Team - GWBJ, 10.30.14

Next Glass Showcases at Star-Studded #WSJDLive in SoCal - ExitEvent, 10.29.14

Venturing into an action-filled shark tank for Venture Atlanta - WRAL Tech Wire, 10.22.14

Wilmington startups represented at technology awards in Raleigh  - Star News, 10.11.14

6 To Grow On: Leaders Tackling Garner Recommendations - GWBJ, 10.10.14

Silicon Valley Tools for Wilmington's Beach Startups - ExitEvent, 10.09.14

Startup Aims To Tidy Up Cleaning Services - GWBJ, 10.01.14

Bob Creeden - Help attract technology to coast - Star News, 10.01.14

NC IDEA picks 19 startups for next step in grant process - WRAL Tech Wire, 09.30.14

Tech Venture Conference Proves Helpful For Local Companies - GWBJ, 09.22.14

UNCW Entrepreneur Center Uses $50,000 Grant to Support Coastal Start-Ups - Time Warner Cable News, 09.15.14

Center for Innovation wins accelerator grant - Lumina News, 09.10.14

SXSW's Forrest revs coastal entrepreneurs - Lumina News, 09.10.14

11 Bullish Beachside Businesses - Exit Event, 09.08.14

UNCW's CIE celebrates one-year anniversary, $50,000 grant award - Port City Daily, 09.08.14

Tech Startups Take Stage at Wilmington Entrepreneurship Conference - Xconomy, 09.05.14

UNCW CIE Opens CORAL, An Open Device Lab for Mobile App Testing - WHQR, 09.05.14

CIE Among Winners Of National SBA Award - GWBJ, 09.05.14

UNCW innovation center wins grant - Star News, 09.05.14

Coastal Connect Entrepreneur and Capital Conference kicks off - Star News, 09.04.14

UNCW Brings Innovators and Investors Together - Time Warner Cable, 09.04.14

SXSW Interactive Director Shares Tips With Local Entrepreneurs - GWBJ, 09.04.14

UNCW entrepreneur incubator celebrates anniversary - Star News, 08.29.14

How old do you really look? FaceMyAge has an app for that - WRAL TechWire, 08.29.14

Next Glass to expand from business incubator space to downtown headquarters - Port City Daily, 08.28.14

Next Glass To Open HQ Downtown - GWBJ, 08.27.14

UNCW Professor Pioneers Face Aging Technology - WHQR, 08.25.14

Opinion-Entrepreneurship: Impacting A Vital Wilmington - GWBJ, George Taylor, 08.22.14

Reinventing eye surgery - Lumina News, 08.20.14

Business of Beer: Challenging, Costly and Friendly - Exit Event, 08.13.14

Experts: Beer Making A Demanding But Rewarding Pursuit - GWBJ, 08.12.14

Area craft brewers discuss the business of beer - Port City Daily, 08.12.14

N.C. brewmeisters discuss burgeoning craft - Star News, 08.11.14

Conference To Showcase 2 Local Startups - GWBJ, 08.08.14

CED Announces 18 'Showcase Companies' To Be Featured on Main Stage at Tech Venture Conference As Key Examples of 'Rise of the Rest' Phenomenon - 08.07.14

Wilmington's First Maker Space On The Way - GWBJ, 08.06.14

Wilmington startups looking for a few good 'angels' - Port City Daily, 07.24.14

Startup Experience Lands HUGO Co-founder In Larger Startup Pond, GWBJ, 07.24.14

Oracle CIO Talks Tech - GWBJ, 07.18.14

Wilmington company aims to improve elections - Port City Daily, 06.25.14

Panel Shares Tips for Securing Early-stage Investment - GWBJ, 06.20.14

Coworking Hives Create Growing Buzz - GWBJ, 06.06.14

What's next for Next Glass? Beer & wine app a 'best investment' - Port City Daily, 05.22.14

Opinion: New Partnership Offers A Higher Regional Profile For Wilmington Startups - GWBJ, 05.20.14

Next Glass Wins At Startup Showcase - GWBJ, 05.16.14

SBA Solicits Applications For Business Accelerator Competition - GWBJ, 05.14.14

Talking pain points: What keeps employers up at night - WRALTechWire, 04.25.14

UNCW event aims to link entrepreneurs with major corporations - Star News, 04.24.14

Cape Fear Region's Largest Employers Share Needs with Local Entrepreneurs - WHQR, 04.24.14

Companies Discuss Challenges; Ask For Solutions - GWBJ, 04.24.14

Technology Earns Startups Time On Stage - GWBJ, 04.15.14

The lucky-to-be-alive Wilmington entrepreneur behind an 'extreme super food' - Triangle Business Journal, 04.14.14

Partnership Connects Centers To Benefit Startups - GWBJ, 04.07.14

Program helps veterans realize entrepreneurial dreams - Port City Daily, 04.04.14

UNCW CIE Director Roberts Named a Reviewer for NC IDEA - UNCW, 03.26.14

Don't Stereotype Startups in Wilmington - !ExitEvent, 03.19.14

'Optimism' expressed for local innovation economy - Port City Daily, 03.14.14

Center Events Stretch Entrepreneurial Thinking, Boundaries - GWBJ, 02.21.14

Bridges to Business - Business Radio X, 01.20.14

Print 3D, everyday items? Local entrepreneurs laud the possibilities - Port City Daily, 01.17.14


Wilmington firm makes new blood circulation device - Wilmington Star-News, 12.28.13

Wilmington start-up uses science to judge wine - Wilmington Star-News, 12.21.13

Wilmington startup Next Glass wins statewide tech award - Port City Daily, 11.8.13

Rocket Pitch audience hears from investors, startups - GWBJ, 10.31.13

Interview: F. Scott Moody, AuthenTec co-founder, says Wilmington has good support system for startups - Port City Daily, 10.24.13

Center holds small business grant workshop - Greater Wilmington Business Journal, 10.17.13

Wilmington's new entrepreneurship center could someday fund your startup  - Triangle Business Journal (blog)

NCTA Tech Tour stops at UNCW center - GWBJ, 9.25.13

With new waves of investment, Wilmington's innovation economy is on the rise - WRAL, 9.24.13

Wilmington startup Next Glass uncorks wine selection software - WRAL, 9.16.13

Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship opens with five companies on board - Port City Daily, 9.6.13

Center creates new jobs, lowers business costs - WWAY, 9.6.13

UNCW opens Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship- News 14 Carolina, 9.6.13

Two Wilmington companies are award finalists - GWBJ, 8.30.13

Support the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Op-Ed by certified public accountant Adam Shay) - Star News, 8.23.13

Accelerator key word in entrepreneurial ecosystem - Lumina News, 8.22.13

"NC IDEA" Selects UNCW's CIE for Grant Cycle Kickoff Event -

Entrepreneurs key to Cape Fear region's growth, says economic development coach -- WHQR, 8.19.13

Group at UNCW to kick off grant cycle for helping startups - Star News, 8.18.13

NC IDEA taking grant program to Wilmington - WRAL, 8.16.13

Event introduces new entrepreneurship center, director - GWBJ, 8.16.13

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship receives gift, signs lease - GWBJ, 8.5.13

Good Works - Chamber gives $50,000 to UNCW; Alliance donates to CFCC scholarship - Star News, 8.5.13

More details emerge on UNCW's Seahawk Fund - GWBJ, 6.5.13

Fund partner is keynoter at entrepreneurship program - GWBJ, 6.4.13

UNCW Names Jim Roberts Director of Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship -

New UNCW center director introduced at awards event - GWBJ, 5.23.13

UNC-Wilmington makes an entrepreneurial move - Triangle Business Journal, 5.23.13

New leader for UNCW's Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship - WECT, 5.23.13

UNC Wilmington hires Triangle exec to lead entrepreneurial center - WRAL, 5.23.13

UNCW hires center director - GWBJ, 5.22.13

UNCW "Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship" Supports Economic Growth in Region -

New fund set up for UNCW entrepreneurship center - Star News, 4.26.13

UNCW establishes private venture capitalist fund - WECT, 4.26.13

UNCW announces start of venture capital fund - GWBJ, 4.26.13