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September AI Bridge Workshop

September 12

5:30 - 7:30 PM

Are you interested in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Science? Do you want to understand how it may affect your business? Do you want to incorporate AI or Machine Learning into your products or services? 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.

September Topic: A hands-on Introduction to Machine Learning for Beginners: Part 1 - Supervised Learning

Dr. Ralph Reda, Adjunct Professor of Physics and Instructor of Business Analytics will teach a series of workshops for those interested in learning about AI and machine learning. This first session will cover the basics of machine learning and introduce attendees to supervised learning methods. Attendees will learn to build, apply and evaluate regression and classification models.

This session is intended to be hands-on, but attendees do not need to know programming languages…No coding, no heavy math. We will use a simple drag-and-drop data science tool called Orange. Orange is a free, open source machine learning and data visualization tool. It is recommended that workshop attendees bring a laptop pre-loaded with Orange to the session.

Download Orange from If you don't have a laptop, you can still join in and follow along.

Contact Dr. Reda with any questions at

Free for EVERYONE! Register 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.

Assumptions: The equal opportunity destroyer

September 18

4:00 - 6:00 PM

Stop letting your gut have complete control of your business. One bad assumption could ruin your bottom line. Suzy™ can validate your assumptions in real-time, before they destroy you.

Attend this event to get your small business FREE access to Suzy™.

You bring:

  1. Your desire to eat snacks and beer. [cap'n obvious]
  2. The recent decisions you made about your business
  3. Questions you should ask consumers before your next decision

You get:

  1. Real-time answers to your top research questions
  2. FREE acess to the Suzy™ platform [or a discount if you don't qualify]
  3. Understanding how important research is

Free for Members, $15 for nonmembers

Register here.

Kick-off event for UNCW's AI and Health Seminar Series Featuring...

Invited Speaker: Chris Hillier, Executive Director of the Innovation Center, New Hanover Regional Medical Center

September 23rd, 2019


Lumina Theatre, UNCW (visitors can park in guest lot) 

“Medicine in 2020: What are the implications of artificial intelligence for healthcare as we know it?” 

This year-long seminar series will highlight aspects of healthcare innovation, including AI techniques, virtual reality, machine learning, precision medicine, technology such as mobile applications, and augmented reality, as well as cyber security (e.g., protected health data). It would allow cultivation of interdisciplinary collaboration, bringing experts to the UNCW campus, and ultimately lead to future extramural funding of projects focused on AI and health. Faculty, staff, students, and the public are invited to the kick-off event within the seminar series to learn about the current innovation in medicine and where we expect to go in the next decade.

FREE for everyone!

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 heir
  • 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.


The Coalition Business Roundtables Breakfast (MED WEEK EVENT)

October 2

7:45 - 10 AM


 More information and registration found here!


Cybersecurity Awareness Colloquia

October 18

8:30 AM - 4:15 PM

UNCW's Center for Cyber Defense Education will host the first annual Cybersecurity Awareness Colloquia. This one-day conference, held during National Cyber Security Awareness Month, will highlight the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education Cybersecurity Workforce Framework, published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The Colloquia will be here at the UNCW CIE.


For more information and to register click here.


Show Me the Funding! with Chris Mather, Leveragent

October 31

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Show Me the Funding! is an entertaining, fast moving and highly informative half-day workshop designed to help you understand funding and how to get it. Show Me the Funding! will help entrepreneurs understand risk capital (venture and other), what funders want to see and how to create and deliver a winning investor presentation. It details funding math and funding methods like convertible debt, grants and crowdfunding as well as entrepreneurial ventures that can't or shouldn't raise capital.

Topics covered in the Show Me the Funding! workshop:

  • Understanding different types of funding, including venture capital, grants, bootstrapping, debt financing, EDO-based funding, angels, crowdfunding, and convertible debt
  • Understanding funding math and terms
  • Creating your investment presentation and story, including the It's About the Story! concept, effective slide design, explaining technology using the "Discovery Channel" method, describing your market, team, intellectual property, use of funds and everything that should be covered in a time limited investment presentation.
  • Delivering your presentation in a compelling and effective way, including presentation "dos and don'ts", making your presentation "pop", adjusting for different presenter styles and other best practices for an effective investor presentation.
  • Writing the 5-7 page business plan that's consistent with and complementary to your presentation

Chris Mather, Leveragent's principal, is a noted technology executive, who has held C-level and general management positions at major U.S. corporations, including Thermo Electron and American Power Conversion, large regional manufacturing companies and venture capital-backed firms. Mr. Mather has also held sales, marketing and management positions at Hewlett Packard, and other technology companies. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Over the past fifteen years, Chris has worked in entrepreneurial development in executive positions, designing and implementing entrepreneurial support, early stage funding and entrepreneurial development programs. He specializes in directly coaching companies and preparing them for effective investment presentations. Companies Chris has coached have collectively raised over $120 million in follow-on funding, and have utilized the presentations, messaging and skills developed in the process to attract partners, customers and investors. Mr. Mather is one of the best investment presentation coaches in the U.S. today.

Free for Members, $25 for nonmembers

Register here.