CIE Receives $23,500 Donation from Cape Fear Future

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Cape Fear Future, the flagship program of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, has made a $23,500 donation to the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The donation, made as part of CFF’s “Passion Works” campaign, to will be used for entrepreneurship development.

To-date, Cape Fear Future has contributed $104,000 to the CIE.

“The CIE and Cape Fear Future are committed to building a knowledge sector economy fueled by entrepreneurs creating innovative new products and services,” said CIE director Diane Durance. “By having continued support from Cape Fear Future and aligning our efforts, we’re able to create more new business ventures that will produce high-wage jobs in our community.”

Wilmington Chamber Interim President and CEO Dick Blouse and First Vice Chairman Charlie Mattox of BB&T made the presentation Sept. 1 at the CIE, a creative hub dedicated to building a community of entrepreneurs where members of the business community join UNCW faculty and students to pursue entrepreneurial ventures.

Cape Fear Future’s goal is to expand the knowledge sector economy and increase higher-wage jobs by educating, promoting and supporting emerging entrepreneurs. Its efforts also include encouraging more science, technology, engineering and math education in local schools, and community improvements that enhance the region’s image and quality of life.

-- Tricia Vance


CIE Gets CFF Check

BB&T First Vice Chairman Charlie Mattox, right, presents a $23,500 check to UNCW's Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, represented from left to right by Associate Provost for Research and Graduate School Dean Ron Vetter, Chancellor Jose Sartarelli and CIE Director Diane Durance.  PHOTO BY: JEFF JANOWSKI/UNCW