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Tuesdays with Tobin: Exit Thesis

December 12th

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Tobin Geatz, Co-Founder and General Partner of Seahawk Innovation, joins the CIE for seminars on entrepreneurship. His vision and leadership have helped Seahawk Innovation and their unique model to launch, fund, expand, and manage innovative businesses.

In this session, participants learn Tobin's "truths" about exit points, exit valuations, and the path to get there. They will learn the difference between a strategic exit and financial exit.

Please bring your own bag lunch. Free for members, $15 for nonmembers, Register here.


Welcome Wednesday

December 13th

9:00 - 10:30 AM

These informal bi-weekly meetings provide an open forum for interested students, faculty and community members to exchange information pertinent to the growth and success of their businesses. Individuals meet CIE director Diane Durance and members of Seahawk Innovation, a venture funding and mentoring firm operating within the CIE.


NC fILM Forum: Connecting Our Community's Creatives

December 13th

6:00 - 8:00 PM

The Brewer's Kettle

A monthly gathering of the Wilmington film community coming together for local artists' screenings, networking, and discussion about how to advance the film industry in the ILM.

This month's meetup features documentary filmmaker David Garrigus and Charlie Coleman, an armor for major motion pictures and TV shows. Come join us at Brewers Kettle for the usual networking, discussion, refreshments, and fun. No registration required, just show up.

Join the Facebook group to keep connected.


Ignite Program Deadline

December 15th

Have a startup idea? The UNCW Ignite Program wants to give you money, mentoring, and dedicated office space to make it happen.

The UNCW Ignite Program gives financial and mentoring support to 2 student entrepreneurs, whether they be working on nonprofit social entrepreneurship or for-profit ventures. Ignite provides between $2,000 and $3,000 to the student enterprise, as well as dedicated office space and membership at the CIE, mentoring, educational seminars, and other support resources. Ignite is a way to give UNCW students a shot at founding a successful, innovative startup.

Click here for submission guidelines.


NC fILM Forum: Connecting Our Community's Creatives

January 10th

5:30 - 8:30 PM

Location TBD

A monthly gathering of the Wilmington film community coming together for local artists' screenings, networking, and discussion about how to advance the film industry in the ILM.

More details coming soon. Join the Facebook group to keep connected.


LinkedIn Workshop with Pivot Launch Coaching

January 17th

3:00 - 5:00 PM

Details coming soon.

Free for members; $15 for nonmembers. Register here.


Leadership Lessons from the Battlefield for Today's Business Leaders

January 30th

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

A speech and discussion about the effects of poor leadership in businesses and ways to remedy this, given by Colonel (Retired) Rob Campbell, Author and Leadership Consultant.

Free for members; $15 for nonmembers. Register here.