Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

News Archive


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 16UNCW 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

Apr 18: Wired Wizards Head to World Championships

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

Apr 7: State of Technology: Startup Showcase

Apr 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