Cape Fear Economic Development Council Hosts Jim Roberts, Executive Director of UNCW's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

The UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Cape Fear Economic Development Council are partnering to host an educational networking event on September 24 at 6 p.m., the University announced today. The evening will include a presentation by Jim Roberts, the executive director of UNCW's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, as well as Q&A, networking opportunities, and light refreshments.

The CIE is committed to playing an integral role in fueling local entrepreneurial efforts and strengthening the regional economy. This event will highlight business topics like how to prepare for investor presentations, pursue private sector research grants and increase sales.

"We are continuously looking to bring workshops and statewide business resources to the Wilmington community to support innovation and grow entrepreneurial efforts," said CIE Executive Director Jim Roberts. "By providing a forum like this, we can continue the conversation with community members about the needs of Wilmington's startup economy and encourage business growth, which will in turn lead to more hiring."

The CFEDC is a non-profit organization working to fulfill the need for leadership in sustainable economic development and job creation in Wilmington and the Cape Fear region. Through educational workshops, panel discussions, and community awareness and involvement, the CFEDC aims to enrich entrepreneurs and businesses to move into the new economy.

"UNCW, in particular the CIE, is a critical nexus for economic development efforts in our community," said Lloyd Smith, Chairman of CFEDC. "It is a true university-driven initiative, and it is unique in that it primarily benefits the community and supports the missions of a wide range of organizations. Furthermore, the CIE is an excellent example of a common cause we can all rally around as a critical force in developing our regional economy."

The event will take place at the WHQR Gallery, located at 254 N. Front St., Suite 300, Wilmington, NC 28401. The evening will begin with refreshments and networking. A presentation and open discussion with Roberts will follow at 6:15 p.m.

Through a combination of the new facility and community outreach efforts, the CIE works to identify and nurture high-growth, high-impact companies and to accelerate the entrepreneurial ecosystem in southeastern North Carolina. It is located at 803 South College Road, at the south perimeter of the UNCW campus. As announced earlier this year, the CIE will house UNCW's Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC), future technology transfer operations and the Seahawk Innovation Fund. In addition to private knowledge based businesses, UNCW faculty and students will also be able to use the CIE as an accelerator space for academic and entrepreneurial pursuits. The CIE will officially open its doors on September 5.

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