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July 10, 2019

5:30 - 8:00 PM

This month, join Cucalorus and the CIE as we host a roundtable about crowdfunding for film. Hear from local filmmakers who've successfully run campaigns and learn how this access to capital may work for your latest project.

FREE for everyone!


Seahawk BORED Meeting

July 24, 2019

4:00 - 7:00 PM

Join Tobin Geatz and the Seahawk Innovation Group to learn more about their latest project developments. Food and beverages will be served.

FREE for everyone!



NC IDEA Grant Info Session

August 12, 2019

4:00 - 5:30 PM

UNCW CIE will be hosting NC IDEA FOUNDATION to provide an overview of NC IDEA FOUNDATION programming, specifically focusing on its two Fall 2019 grant opportunities that support ambitious, growth-oriented companies: NC IDEA MICRO ($10,000) and NC IDEA SEED ($50,000).

The session will kick off with NC IDEA's President and CEO, Thom Ruhe, who will briefly walk participants through the various grants and programs offered by the Foundation and how they may benefit you and your company.

The second half of the session will be interactive; sharing tips and best practices for writing a competitive grant application, covering the anatomy of the application with specifics on what the reviewers are looking for in each section. Eligibility requirements for NC IDEA MICRO and NC IDEA SEED will also be covered to provide you with a greater understanding of each opportunity and which one may be most appropriate and beneficial for you and your company.

To register for this info session click here.

***NC IDEA MICRO and NC IDEA SEED grant applications open August 12, 2019 and close September 9, 2019 at 5pm ET. For more information click here.

YEPex Monthly Meetups 

September 16

4:00 - 6:00 PM

We are in our second 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!

Email to register.

Tuesday with Tobin

September 17

12:00 - 1:30 PM

Join Tobin Geatz for an all new Tuesday with Tobin series this fall. Bring your lunch, hear from Tobin, and meet with other like-minded entrepreneurs and business owners like yourself.

Free for Members, $15 for nonmembers

Register here.


Succession Planning Tactics for Small & Mid-Sized Businesses

September 25

8:00 - 9:30 AM

With experts Daniel M. Smith, J.D., CLTC, CFBS, ChSNC and Lisa Leath, SHRM-SCP, you will engage in a robust, interactive discussion about effective succession planning for your specific business.

  • What succession planning is and why it is critical to the long-term success of your business
  • A discussion about which is right for you: selling to someone, selling shares or giving to an heri
  • How to retain and grow key employees as part of your succession plan

If you are the owner of a small to mid-sized business within 10 years of retirement/exit, please join us for this 90 minute program.

Free for Members, $15 for nonmembers

Register here.