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Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Wilmington is a celebration of entrepreneurship in the greater Wilmington region. It highlights some of the best of what is great about our entrepreneurs.

GEW Wilmington is part of global GEW. GEW is an international celebration of entrepreneurship from November 14-20, 2022, with 200 countries and 10 million people participating. Learn more about the global program here.

Check out the below programs, and we hope to see you there! All are welcome. The events listed below range from the statewide Ecosystem Summit organized by NC IDEA in Winston-Salem to regional events that occur in Wilmington, New Hanover County, on campus at UNCW, Bolivia, and online.

Date Program Location Organized by

Nov 8
4-6 p.m.

Webinar: Business Tax Essentials Virtual Cape Fear Community College Small Business Center (SBC)
Nov 9
6-8 p.m.
Webinar: Entrepreneur Academy, Part 6: Basic Bookkeeping, Forecasting and Negotiating Virtual Cape Fear CC SBC
Nov 10
2-3 p.m.
Webinar: Franchising and Copywriting Virtual Cape Fear CC SBC
Nov 11
6-7:15 p.m.
Webinar: Creating A Non-Profit (3 Part Series), Part 2: Board Development and Engagement Virtual Cape Fear CC SBC

Nov 12
2-4 p.m.

Impacto Latino Business Expo
UNCW Centro Hispano
Nov 14-15 NC IDEA Ecosystem Summit Winston-Salem NC IDEA
Nov 14-16

Womenpreneur Empowerment Summit

The summit will include keynote speakers, panel discussions, and breakout sessions that provide great information to entrepreneurs and those thinking about taking the plunge! Cost is $50.

Bolivia Brunswick Community College SBC
Nov 15
noon-1:30 p.m.

All About Instagram

Virtual Brunswick Community College SBC
Nov 15
6-8 p.m.

Idea Pitch Challenge

UNCW student entrepreneurs will pitch business ideas to judges for cash.

  • First Place $1,000 – Entrepreneur Week Winner
  • Second Place $500
  • Third Place $300
  • Wild Card $200 – For best productive idea (new idea for a product or service)
UNCW-Cameron Hall UNCW Cameron School of Business and CIE

Nov 15
6-7 p.m.

Getting A Website Started For Your Small Business Virtual Cape Fear CC SBC
Nov 16

UNCW Entrepreneur Day

Connecting thousands of students to successful entrepreneurs in one day.
  • Teachers and Faculty: Apply for an entrepreneur speaker by November 4: Click here to apply
  • Entrepreneurs: Apply to present at a New Hanover County High School or UNCW class by November 4: Click here to apply
  • Applications will be reviewed and participants will be notified by November 11.
UNCW and New Hanover County High Schools CIE
Nov 16
9 a.m.

1 Million Cups Wilmington

Hear from entrepreneurs about their startups and provide connections and suggestions that can help.


Virtual options available

The Coalition

Nov 16
5-7 p.m.

Basic Bookkeeping with QuickBooks

Virtual Brunswick Community College SBC

Nov 17
8:00-10:30 a.m.

Mentor Madness

A fast-paced, caffeinated speedmentoring program to connect startup and scaleup entrepreneurs with expert advisors.

Nov 17
2:30-4 p.m.
State of the Consumer Virtual Cape Fear CC SBC
Nov 17
6-7 p.m.
Finding Your Customer and Creating A Marketing Plan Virtual Cape Fear CC SBC

Nov 17
6:45 p.m.


Cucalorus 10x10

Matching 10 filmmakers and 10 entrepreneurs in one crazy week. The 10 films will debut on Friday, November 18 at Thalian Hall during the Cucalorus Film Festival. For more information and to apply, visit this link.

Thalian Hall (310 Chestnut St, Wilmington) CIE and Cucalorus Film Festival

Nov 18
noon-1:30 p.m.

First Inventor’s Lunch and NAI Introduction

By invitation only

CIE UNCW Research and Innovation


Global Entrepreneurship Week Wilmington is sponsored by NC IDEA.