Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

CIE building

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(910) 962-2206



UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
803 South College Road
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Wilmington, NC 28403-5676

We are located just off campus near the intersection of S. College Road and MacMillan.

Diane Durance

Diane Durance, MPA 

Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
(910) 962-2655

Diane Durance is the Director of the CIE. As an entrepreneur and business owner, she launched and grew three companies, including a telecommunications engineering firm, a marketing communications publishing company, and an angel-funded, Michigan-based residential construction business. Prior to relocating to North Carolina in June 2016, she was the president of MiQuest, an organization promoting entrepreneurship in Michigan through its initiatives that included competitions, publications, and events. Ms. Durance also supported entrepreneurship through her role as the executive director of Mi-Light, Michigan’s photonics industry association, and on the boards of New Enterprise Forum and the MTEC SmartZone. She was the Michigan chapter chair for the global Women Presidents’ Organization for six years. She began her work with entrepreneurs as the president of the Ann Arbor IT Zone in 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Public Administration, both from Southern Methodist University.

In 2019, Diane was named one of the WilmingtonBiz 100 in the Innovators Category.

Student Employees

Undergraduate Assistants: Alexis Alphin

CIEHawk Media Team Staff: Annalee Decker, John Dougherty, Audrey Lee, Jake Raimundo, Kinsley Sigmund, Vinh Tran, Nick Wooldredge

Art Mural Interns: Ann Miller Finch, Elena Hernandez, Meredith Templeton, Bradleigh Tribou