UNCW Collaborates to Showcase Innovative Ideas for Improving the Cape Fear Region

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), Experiencing Transformative Education through Applied Learning (ETEAL) together with NCSU’s Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) and BB&T are hosting the “Wilmington Discovery Forum” on Oct. 8. The event will be held at the UNCW CIE building, located at 803 S. College Road, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The event includes networking and a series of five-minute pitches from young innovators striving to make the Cape Fear region an even better place to live, work and play. The top three presenters, decided on by audience vote, will be invited to a special Leadership Symposium in Raleigh that offers free leadership development training and the chance to compete for a $10,000 venture prize.

The Oct. 8 forum is the fifth in a statewide series of six, all sponsored by BB&T.

Presenters include:

Networking for Dreamers - Jacob Bowie

Special Pedals - Leah Sherrill

Straight N' Arrow Archery - Sheuna Battle

Renewable Recreation - Parker Grissom

Waste From the Past & Present: Solution for the Future of Our Oceans - Scott Davis

Community Space Idea - Waleed Jarrad

Turnip Learning - Sarah Ritter

MissionMade Jewelry- Kaitlyn Hopfer and Bryant Lester

Kids Making It Apprenticeship Program- Kristen Crouch

UNCW’s CIE works with emerging startup businesses in southeastern North Carolina to support entrepreneurial efforts. It houses the university’s Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC), technology transfer operations and the Seahawk Innovation Fund. UNCW faculty and students have access to the CIE as an accelerator space for both academic and entrepreneurial pursuits.

-- Caroline Cropp