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Bunker Labs - Wilmington Chapter Launch

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Ironclad Brewery

4:00-7:00 PM

Bunker Labs, with the help of NCIDEA, expands to Wilmington, NC to help veterans and military spouses start and grow businesses.
Join us at Ironclad Brewery in historic downtown Wilmington for business networking, special guest speakers, cold brews, and to meet the Bunker Labs Wilmington City Leaders who will be our boots on the ground in the thriving Wilmington business community.
We are happy to have you join us for brews and business networking at Ironclad Brewery. 

RSVP free today!


nc fILM forum Monthly Meetup

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Waterman's Brewery

5:30 PM

Come meet our special guest speaker Cristina "Trinity" Vélez-Justo, a music composer for film and media. Trinity moved back from Los Angeles in 2018, after finishing the music internship through the Emmy's (interned for Michael Levine, Jeff Russo, and Reinhold Heil) and working as an assistant to a few established composers (Craig Richey and Anton Sanko). Currently, she works full-time from Charlotte through her business, ReelScoring, scoring features, shorts, commercials, video games and other forms of media. Trinity also teaches as an adjunct professor at UNC School of the Arts in the MFA Film Music Composition program in Winston-Salem (where she received her MFA) as well as guest-lectures at various universities, film festivals, film events, and film groups; educating industry professionals on the importance of music in film and how to successfully work with a composer.

Tuesdays with Tobin: Creating a Successful Startup in the 21st Century

February 19, 2019

12:00-1:30 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. Discover:

  • What your startup needs to be successful in the 21st century
  • Why money doesn't solve your problems as a startup
  • What Seahawk Innovation looks for in its startup companies from an investor's point of view

Please bring your own bag lunch.

Fee: $15.00

Register here.


How do you build a company culture that can scale beyond the startup phase?

February 19, 2019

5:30-6:30 PM

Maintaining a strong company culture is hard work, but building one from the ground up is even harder. So, what does it take to create and preserve a company culture, while also working in the trenches of your startup business? Join Cindy Anderson, managing partner of Thinc Strategy, and learn the need-to-know elements of cultivating a culture that keeps employees wanting to come back.

Free for members. $15 for nonmembers.

Register here.


The Best Sales Training in the Galaxy Presented: David Reeser

March 7, 2019

5:00-8:00 PM

To become a great sales professional you will need more than the "gift of gab". Learning to sell effectively is all about influence, not convince. You must have a focused sales strategy built on a sincere desire to help your prospective client.


  • This will not be a boring "sales lecture" like some seminars you may have attended
  • This sales seminar is all about helping you be the best influencer you can be
  • Only come if you actually want to learn skills that will immediately help you sell any product or service

**What to Expect**

  • You will learn a basic sales strategy that works for any industry, period
  • Lots of class participation with live role play to put your new skills to the test
  • Fun, laughter, energy, and enthusiasm

Free for members, $15 for nonmembers.

Register here.


AI Monthly Meetup: The use of Graph Analytics to Refine Insights from Massive Data

March 14, 2019

5:30-7:30 PM

Are you interested in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Big Data? Do you want to understand how it may affect your business? Are you creating products that use AI? Could you benefit in talking with others in the Wilmington area that share your interest?  

Join us at the CIE for the AI Bridge Meetup and Education Series. We meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month to discuss a hot topic in the world of AI.

This month's speaker: Jesse Shaw, Principal Data Scientist, LexisNexis Risk Solutions

Abstract: The days of ‘big data’ are  behind us.  Public and private entities poured vast resources into the capture of data, but less to derive meaning from it.  While there are many tools available for ‘big data processing’, finding the right mix of tools; mastering many languages; and applying it at scale is today’s biggest challenge as a data scientist.  This talk will demonstrate the open source HPCC Systems KEL graph analytics language and it’s many applications.

Register here.

Tuesdays with Tobin: From Problem to Product

March 19, 2019

12:00 - 1:30 PM

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

In today's fast-paced startup world, a comprehensive model that shows where all cash flows interact with your solution is way more important than the old "classic" business plan. The business model approach is a flexible, living, breathing representation of how to make money! By the end of this session, participants will be able to identify the single biggest threat to their startup succeeding.

Free for members, $15 for nonmembers.

Register here.


Techstars Startup Weekend

March 29-31, 2019

Get ready for a fun weekend full of entrepreneurship!

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.  Learn more and buy tickets.