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Accelerating the creation of entrepreneurial ventures, knowledge-based jobs, and innovative business solutions.

The CIE nurtures emerging companies and works to accelerate the entrepreneurial ecosystem in southeastern North Carolina. We are a vibrant hub of innovation and a central facility that offers both small business education events and a state-of-the-art incubator space.

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Coming up in 2020:

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center (NCBC) announces a new biotech venture challenge in partnership with UNCW.



Wilmington, NC to host 2nd annual Techstars Startup Weekend March 27-29, 2020. Tickets on sale now!


2nd Annual YEPex Youth Summit on May 1, 2020! Register NOW to attend OR apply to participate in the competition for a chance to win CASH!


In 2016, the CIE started the Chancellor's Innovation and Entrepreneurship High School Competition in the spring. In an effort to expand this program and the week-long summer Youth Entrepreneurship Program, we decided to put together a year-long YEP experience. Our purpose is to inspire creativity and innovation to cultivate a passion for entrepreneurship among the 9th-12th graders in the southeast region.

We are excited to partner with the Brian Hamilton Foundation this academic year!


Promo video for students

Promo video for teachers


Submit a program idea for Minority Enterprise Development Week 2020 here!


Click the image to learn more about 1MC, register to present, and follow our chapter on social media!


CIE Advances Entrepreneurial Support with NC IDEA ECOSYSTEM Grant



Startups to Watch in 2020