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2019

 


How I organized and automated my business using a business automation application

May 14, 2019

12:00 - 1:30 PM

When I launched DesignLoud in 2011 it wasn't long before I realized my disorganization, lack of systems and processes were all stunting my growth and preventing me from effectively scaling, hiring and utilizing a team. That's when we developed our solution SWELLEnterprise. SWELLEnterprise is a fully featured, business automation platform built specifically for creative agencies & B2B startups. Building this tool alongside several other businesses really allowed us to solve a REAL problem because we were also experiencing it. SWELL is really one of the major contributors to the growth of DesignLoud. Now I want to share the challenges we faced, and how we were able to solve them with others. SWELLEnterprise combines features such as a CRM, project management, document management, invoicing, proposals, contracts, marketing, automation and more. Watch me take you through the process of how powerful this can be by demonstrating how quickly we move through some of our internal processes.

My name is Derek Schmidt, I am a local entrepreneur, mentee and mentor who is passionate about helping others start and run successful businesses. I started DesignLoud Agency, my first successful business in 2011 which is still very alive today. Out of a need in that business, we developed a cloud application that helps others in the early stages of their business manage the administrative, sales and production in one integrated system. So in September of 2017, we launched SWELLEnterprise, a product of SWELL Systems, Inc. and have since seen tremendous traction from other business owners, partners and our users. Join me for this live lunch and learn and let me show how SWELLEnterprise can help you handle the heavy lifting in your business so that you can have more free time to focus


May AI Bridge Meeting

May 9, 2019

5:30-7:30 PM

TOPIC: opiAID: Using AI to help People fight Addiction

If you are interested in learning and taking part in the development of technology that could significantly impact the lives of those struggling with opioid abuse, please register for this event. We will be discussing how AI can be used to improve outcomes and reduce costs in the fight against opioid abuse.

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.

May Speaker: Stan Martin (Technology Expert/Serial Entrepreneur, opiAID), and David Reeser (Healthcare Entrepreneur, opiAID).

Learn more about opiAID.

on more important things.


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May 8, 2019 at Jengo's Playhouse

5:30 PM

This month we will be showingcasing the work of Terrell Gordy from Reel Visuals.

We will also be signing up volunteers for the Lumbee Film Festival on May 16 & 17. 

 

Sponsored by UNCW CIE & Cucalorus


Welcome Wednesday

May 8, 2019

9:00-10:30 AM

Offering area entrepreneurs an opportunity to:

• Meet CIE staff •

• Tour the facility •

• Learn about CIE support services •

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 will meet CIE director Diane Durance and members of Seahawk Innovation, a venture funding and mentoring firm operating within the CIE.


Language Corpus presents "Share Your Language" Day

May 2, 2019

11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Come help a Wilmington startup help language learners who are learning your language!

Drop by and we'll record you talking for a minute or two about topics you choose.

These recordings will be used to help language learners improve their ability to understand "real world" spoken language.

Door prizes! 

For more info, and to see a list of the languages we are hoping to record -- including English:

https://www.languagecorpus.com/share-your-language-day

Sponsored by Language Corpus and the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

FREE for everyone!


Tuesday with Tobin: Exit Thesis

April 30, 2019

(Originally Scheduled for April 16)

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. This session, come to discuss the exit event.

Bring your own lunch and learn Tobin's truths about exit points, exit valuations, and the path to get there. Learn the difference between a strategic exit and financial exit. Learn about relative valuations for each one and the best targets for an exit for YOU! 


 

Fish 2.0 - South Atlantic Fisheries and Aquaculture Innovation Workshop and Pitch Session

April 23-24, 2019 in Wilmington, NC

Top five benefits of participating in the Fish 2.0 workshop
  1. Pitch to investors in a supportive environment

  2. Learn how to talk about your business in a way that grabs attention

  3. Hear from investors about what makes them say yes or no

  4. See how you fit into the broader seafood sector

  5. Meet potential partners and others who can help your business grow

What happens at the Fish 2.0 workshop?

Fish 2.0 workshops are active community-building sessions where participants learn from their peers’ real world experience as well as from experts.

On the first day, participants dig into the ins and outs of financing, what investors look for, and trends affecting their market. They also learn how to talk about their business in a way that grabs interest.

On the second day, participants practice what they learned and hear how to take advantage of the Fish 2.0 investor, expert, and business communities. In the afternoon each participant will pitch their business to local investors and experts, followed by a networking opportunity with light refreshments.

Who can attend and what are the requirements? 

  • All businesses from the South Atlantic region: Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and the Atlantic Coast of Florida directly or indirectly involved in the fishery and aquaculture industry.

  • Start-up businesses as well as larger, established businesses will benefit from the experience.

  • No cost to attend. Food is provided both days.

  • No preparation is necessary. Preference is given to those who apply early.

Space is limited and is allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

About Fish 2.0Fish 2.0 is a global community that brings innovators together to grow the sustainable seafood sector. Visit www.fish20.org

UNCW The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state's coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service Fisheries is responsible for the stewardship of the nation's ocean resources and their habitat. Visit www.uncw.edu

Learn more and apply to join the workshop.

 


Brand Storytelling with Video: presented by Toya Wilson-Smith

April 18, 2019

5:30-7:00 PM

In this workshop, we will cover a blend of brand discovery and storytelling methodology to help you find your brand story and give it a new life by sharing it through video. Get a whole new take on how stories define your brand and content marketing. Learn how to develop your story, promote it with video in a way that feels authentic and what to measure to determine its success. 

What We Will Cover:

  • Determine your story. Understand the elements of your brand and your "life story" to help you communicate with new prospects and fans of your business.
  • Get storytelling techniques and learn how to apply them to your online marketing efforts.
  • Make your plan of action in the workshop. Leave knowing exactly what your next steps are and how to execute your new storytelling strategies.
  • Be motivated by the group session. We will be learning from each other so get ready for interaction and great feedback.
  • Ready for clarity about your brand and how to share it online with social video? Join us on April 18th

 


Tuesdays with Tobin: Exit Thesis- Begin at the End

April 16, 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. This session, come to discuss the exit event.

Bring your own lunch and learn Tobin's truths about exit points, exit valuations, and the path to get there. Learn the difference between a strategic exit and financial exit. Learn about relative valuations for each one and the best targets for an exit for YOU!


April AI Bridge Meeting

April 11, 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.

April Speaker: Melissa L Sokolosky, PhD, Founder and Lead Data Scientist, IndiOmics www.indiomics.org


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April 10, 2019 at Jengo's Playhouse

5:30 PM

This month we will hear from founders of Cisme and Ragland Media who participadeted in the 2018 10x10 challenge at Cucalorus.

We will screen their short then hear about their experiences working together on this incredible project.

Network and announcements to follow.

Sponsored by UNCW CIE & Cucalorus


Welcome Wednesday

April 10, 2019

9:00-10:30 AM

Offering area entrepreneurs an opportunity to:

• Meet CIE staff •

• Tour the facility •

• Learn about CIE support services •

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 will meet CIE director Diane Durance and members of Seahawk Innovation, a venture funding and mentoring firm operating within the CIE.

FREE for everyone! 


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.

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.

 


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.

 


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March 14, 2019 at Jengo's Playhouse

5:30 PM

Meet Senator Harper Peterson & Dan Brawley!

Join us for a special fireside chat to learn more about the bill Senator Peterson recently filed to reinstate the Film Tax Credit Program. After the discussion, join us for some screenings and more announcements and networking.

Sponsored by UNCW CIE & Cucalorus.


The Best Sales Training in the Galaxy Presented by: 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.

**Warning**

  • 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

 


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? Cindy Anderson, managing partner of Thinc Strategy, was the presenter. Participants learned the need-to-know elements of cultivating a culture that keeps employees wanting to come back.


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

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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.

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. 

NCDBA Women's Innovation and Leadership Forum

Monday, February 4, 2019

9:00-11:00 AM

Topic:  "Intentional Inclusion and Leadership Challenges"

This Forum is focused on advancing women in business at all levels of their careers. The forum provides an open networking platform to empower leadership development, engage in partnership creation, and elevate the influence and numbers of innovative women business leaders in NC.

Our committees, outreaches, roundtables and forums are exclusive for Members only.  Non-members are allowed to participate in two meetings. Additional meetings must be pre-approved or a member account established.


YEPex Meetup: FinTech

January 28, 2019

4:30-6:00 PM

The financial services industry is in the middle of a revolution being driven by Financial Technologies, or FinTech.  Money is moving faster in new and unique ways, security needs are ever-increasing, big data is connecting seemingly unconnected data points better than ever and artificial intelligence is pushing innovation into hyperdrive. 

Daniel Haisley, VP of Product at Apiture and Petra Sheaffer, Product Owner at Live Oak Bank were here for our FIRST YEPex Meetup of the new year! 

This program is for 9-12 graders who have any interest in innovation and entrepreneurship.  We had a brief program followed by an engaging hands on activity. 

 


Putting Your Best Foot Forward: NC IDEA's 2019 Spring Grant Info Session

January 16, 2019

5:30-7:30 PM

UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship hosted NC IDEA FOUNDATION to provide an overview of NC IDEA FOUNDATION programming, specifically focusing on its three Spring 2019 grant opportunities that support ambitious, growth-oriented companies: NC IDEA MICRO ($10,000); NC IDEA SEED ($50,000) and an Investment Crowdfunding Grant ($5,000) through a partnership with Localstake NC.

The session kicked off with NC IDEA's President and CEO, Thom Ruhe, who briefly walked
 participants through the various grants and programs offered by the Foundation and how they may benefit attendees and their companies.

The second half of the session was interactive while sharing tips and best practices for writing a competitive grant application, covering the anatomy of the application with specifics on what the reviewers look for in each section. Eligibility requirements for NC IDEA MICRO, NC IDEA SEED, and the Investment Crowdfunding Grant were also covered to provide attendees with a greater understanding of each opportunity and which one may be most appropriate and beneficial.

**Applications for the Investment Crowdfunding Grant are open December 17, 2018 through January 28, 2019 at 5pm EST. NC IDEA MICRO and NC IDEA SEED grant applications open February 18, 2019 and close March 4, 2019 at 5pm EST.. For more information, click here.


Crowdfunding for Small Business Capital

January 15, 2019

5:30-7 PM

Are you a North Carolina business owner looking to raise capital OR a North Carolina resident interested in supporting local businesses? 

The recently enacted NC PACES Act has created an exciting opportunity for North Carolina small business owners to raise up to $2 million in capital and a unique investment option for North Carolina residents.

If you are an entrepreneur, investor, or professional services provider related to economic development, please join us for an educational seminar to learn more about the State’s new equity crowdfunding regulations and how to make them work for you.

This program is being offered for FREE thanks to a sponsorship from Cardinal Crowdfunding Solutions, LLC.

 


 

AI Monthly Meetup: Genetic Algorithms for Designing Materials

January 10, 2019

5:30-7:30 PM

Are you interested in Artificial Intelligence? 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? 

The 2019 AI Meetup Series meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month to discuss a hot topic in the world of AI.

 

This month's topic:

Genetic algorithms are a method for solving optimization problems that is based on natural selection, the same process that drives biological evolution. Genetic algorithms have been successfully applied to the transportation, telecom, pharmaceutical, and finance industries. In this talk, Dr. Tagliarini will present his work on the application of genetic algorithms to design materials that posses the desired chemical and physical properties for specific applications. This application of genetic algorithms has, and will continue to have, great impact on the costs associated with development of new chemicals and drugs.

 Dr. Tagliarini received his BA and MA degrees in Mathematics from the University of South Florida and his PhD in Computer Science from Clemson University. Dr. Tagliarini, who has served as Principal Investigator for Department of Defense, NSF, and industry contracts, is an active researcher in the fields of biologically-inspired computing.