Office of Innovation and Commercialization


The Office of Innovation and Commercialization (OIC) is affiliated with several programs throughout the year to encourage the UNCW community to take their innovative ideas and grow them into a business.  A few of these programs include:

  • IGNITE (2018 now open!): Get your business off the ground with the Ignite program! $2000-$3000 will be awarded to facilitate student entrepreneurship efforts.
  • Chancellor's High School Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition (closed): This competition is an opportunity for High School innovators to explore their inner entrepreneurial spirit. 
  • 3-Day Startup (closed): Sponsored by the UNCW CIE - It’s exactly what it sounds like. “A 72-hour learning-by-doing campus workshop that teaches entrepreneurial skills to university students in an extreme hands-on environment.”
  • Discovery Forum (closed): Ten teams will have five minutes to pitch their ideas and the audience will vote for their favorite pitches. The three top teams will be invited to an intensive leadership development weekend and a chance to compete for $10,000.
  • Hackathon (open): CS, IS, IT, and Engineering students work on real problems by "hacking" solutions through the use of technology.

If you have questions about any of the programs above, please email