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Chancellor Sartarelli talking at the CIE.

Distanced, not Disengaged.

CIE staff is committed to serving our startup and small business community in these uncertain times. 

Check out our newest addition, the e-HUB, here!

Grow Your New Venture Here! 

The CIE nurtures emerging ventures and connects entrepreneurs to a world of startup support services. Whether you’re from the community or UNCW faculty, staff, student, or alumni, we’re here to accelerate the launch and growth of your business.

  • The CIE is open and actively assisting entrepreneurs with:
    • Virtual networking and education programs
    • Private offices, conference rooms, co-working space, and virtual tenancy
    • Team-based mentoring
    • Investor readiness programs
    • Guidance on grants and other funding opportunities
    • Online Givitas network for getting and giving advice
    • High school entrepreneurship programs
  • Want to help early stage ventures? The CIE welcomes mentors with startup expertise and those with specific industry knowledge and general business experience.    


We are launching a new Virtual Tenancy Option on August 1. If you don’t need a seat in the coworking space at $110 a month, sign up for this option! $70 a month gets you access to all the benefits of being a CIE member (app, mentor network, media team, programs) AND a company mailbox and place to have packages delivered. You can use conference space twice a month for up to four hours (booked in advance). For entrepreneurs that need a business address or a place to meet with customers or clients while working from home, this tenancy option meets that need.


*Join Givitas - share knowledge, ask questions, help others

*1 Million Cups Wednesdays at 9am via Zoom

*Sixth Annual Chancellor's High School Innovation Comeptition OPENS FEB. 1st!

*Check out this video from Lighthouse Films! The Arts Council in Wilmington and NHC

*Please check out this article by Oceans Caucus Foundation and Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Rebuilding The U.S. Economy Through The Blue Economy

*Watch waterloop#59 podcast with Diane Durance on Growing the Blue Economy in North Carolina!

*Click 'upcoming programs' for the latest updates. Email to be added to the email list to receive direct notifications.

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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Attention CIE Mentors, Members, and Tenants: Help nominate businesses and fill out surveys for our region!

*If your company has had an impact through innovation, Fast Company wants to tell the world about it but you must apply.

*Venture Summit Virtual Connect | Global on August 4th-6th. Nominate a company or Apply to present. 

*Cape Fear Collective: Please take this 15-minute survey to help define the skills needed to make the Cape Fear region’s businesses flourish, and coordinate efforts to support our local economy. 


Check out last year's VIRTUAL YEPex Youth Summit and Chancellor's High School Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition that took place on May 1, 2020.

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.

A Tale of Two Shepards - by Nikki Kroushl

Thanks to this year's partner, the Brian Hamilton Foundation!


Promo video for students for 2021

Promo video for teachers for 2021



CIE Announces NC BIONEER Venture Challenge Award Winners!



Minority Enterprise Development Week was a great success! Did you miss a session? No worries! Check out the full program calendar with the recordings here!


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



CIE’s applied learning project in 2020
4 UNCW art students participated in CIE’s applied learning project beginning in January. You can imagine the challenges they had to overcome this year. To schedule your own self guided visit, please contact The files you’ll need for your tour are below. OR, if COVID-19 has you stuck at home for awhile, check out Bradleigh giving a tour here.

Wilmington Way 

Wrightsville Ave.

Seahawk Alley



Karl Ricanek, Lapetus Solutions Inc. announced on the North Carolina Black Entrepreneurship Council - KUDOS Karl, way to represent Wilmington! 

NC IDEA FOUNDATION Awards Total of $300,000 to Six NC Startups (1 from Wilmington!)

CIE Advances Entrepreneurial Support with NC IDEA ECOSYSTEM Grant