Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Stakeholder Members

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City of Wilmington, NC Wilmington
UNCW Carolina-Retirement-Planners
Alpine Growth Partners Alpine Growth Partners
Carolina Retirement Planners  Carolina Retirement Planners
Helion AI
IVT Group
NC Biotechnology Center
PS Solutions
Tri Tech Forensics


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Become A Stakeholder

In 2023, invest in your business community and grow your brand recognition and reach through the CIE, southeastern NC's largest sponsor of events, training, and educational programs for the entrepreneurial community. Join us as a stakeholder member or an event sponsor.

Becoming a stakeholder member means:

  • Stakeholder memberships are $250 annually for companies with fewer than 25 local employees and $500 for companies with more than 25 employees. 
  • All employees are invited to attend over 100 events offered at the CIE.
  • Your company will also be listed as a mentor/advisor displayed on our lobby monitors with the services you provide.
  • Your company will be listed with logo and website link on this page.


Event Sponsors


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Event sponsorships are also available. For 2023, we have designed the following structure:

  • Event sponsorships are $500 for 1 hour programs, $700 for 1.5 hour programs, $900 for 2 hour programs, and $2000 for half day workshops. 
  • Sponsorships include branding on all marketing materials, printed and electronic, and time to speak at the event. 
  • Your company is recognized as an event sponsor for the calendar year on our site. 
  • The CIE provides food and beverage for half day workshops.

Through event sponsorships, we are able to provide programs to a larger audience for free to encourage community members to join as annual members and expand our network regionally. Our current membership list is over 200 and our mailing list is over 2000. For more information or to become a sponsor or stakeholder member, please email