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Wednesdays, 9:00 A.M. via Zoom

March 10th: Craftspace / Beanie & Blazer  

Crafted from upcycled shipping containers, Craftspace brings thoughtfully-designed products that simplify life to the broader marketplace.

Beanie & Blazer use neuroscience, philosophy, and an actionable methodology to help restless people evolve with intent. Our 6-week intensive, the Mindset Accelerator, offers clarity of purpose and all the tools needed to engineer the lifestyle they crave.

Register Here!


Health and Human Services Week March 8-12: Certification in Innovation Healthcare

Watch the Pre-Recorded Panel Discussion Here!

NHRMC and UNCW are in the process of designing a semester-long Certificate Program in Health Care Innovation This course will get people out of the building, talking to stakeholders to discover pain points in health care. Participants will then take these pain points through an innovative process to develop possible solutions. Teams will build a business around one solution and pitch their idea to investors. You will have the opportunity to meet local health care entrepreneurs and learn about the local ecosystem! Participants will receive a UNCW Health Care Innovation Certificate! Space is limited to 25 people per course. For more information click here!

Why this Program? According to the World Economic Forum, the top skills needed by employers in 2025 include: analytical thinking and innovation, problem-solving skills, self-management, working with people, and technology use and development.

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey so we can continue to make this program as valuable to our audience as possible! 


International Women's Day Speaker Series

March 8th - March 12th 

We are excited to partner with UNCW Swain Center Executive Education and Economic Development to be able to invite you to join us in celebrating our International Women's Day & Speaker Series. There will be four experts in women in leadership, each day from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm eastern standard time.

Register for FREE Here! 


YEPex Monthly Meet-Up

The Third Monday of each month, 4:30 P.M. - 5:30 P.M. via Zoom

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We are in our third year of this new pilot program called the Youth Entrepreneurship Program experience. This program is for 9-12 graders who have any interest in innovation and entrepreneurship. We will have a brief program followed by an engaging hands on activity. FREE for EVERYONE!

March 15th: Turn Your Good Idea Into a Patent with IBM Master Inventor Martin Keen

You don't have to be Albert Einstein or Thomas Edison to become a prolific inventor. Last year the US Patent Office issued 399,000 utility patents. Including 92 to this guy, IBM Master Inventor Martin Keen, making him the most prolific inventor in NC last year. In this session Martin talks about how he got started in inventing, his favorite invention, and what it takes to evaluate and shape your good idea into something patentable. Attendees will break out into teams to brainstorm their own patentable ideas and receive feedback from Martin.

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Scrum, Agile and Sprints. What are they and how do I use them to market my small business?

March 18th, 12 -1 PM

Scrum is a buzzword these days and it isn't just for software development. Learn to use the basics of Scrum, Agile and Sprints in your small business to make your marketing dollars do the work you need them to do

Alexandra Evans is the Scrum Master and CEO of Scrum to Go, a marketing service for small businesses. Using the framework of Scrum, the leading Agile development, we help you create and respond to change. Because the only constant is change. You need to be able to weather it and so do your customers. Talk to us, we'll help you manage it in short iterations without breaking the bank.

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AI Bridge / Port City Analytics Joint Meetup 

POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 - will announce a new date in the future!

The Art and Science of Data Preprocessing - Tools, Tips and Best-Practice Sharing

As data analysts well know, real-world data is usually not ready to be used in analytical tasks. It is often dirty, misaligned, missing data, duplicate records and other inaccuracies. A tedious and time consuming process called data preprocessing is necessary to convert the raw data into a well-defined form for analytics models. Time spent on data preprocessing can be tedious and typically takes much longer than the time spent on the rest of the analytics tasks. There are now a variety of software tools available to data science practitioners which automate the process and can significantly reduce the time spent on data preprocessing tasks.

Dr. Ralph Reda, a Certified Analytics Professional, and UNCW instructor of Business Analytics will provide an overview of the data preprocessing steps and demonstrate some of the tips and tools that make data preparation quicker and easier. Session attendees are also encouraged to share their best practices and techniques with the audience. Feel free to bring a laptop to follow along or to share your dirty data challenges.

FREE for everyone!
Refreshments will be served.
For questions, contact Professor Reda at redar@uncw.edu