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Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Global Entrepreneur Week (GEW)

GEW Wilmington is a celebration of entrepreneurship in the greater Wilmington region. It highlights some of the best of Wilmington's entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurial ecosystem. November 13th - 19th, 2023

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Ocean Innovation Conference September 19th

CIE held its first Ocean Innovation Conference on September 19th, exploring technical and sustainability innovations in the blue economy.

Ocean Coast

Coastal Entrepreneur Awards 15th Anniversary

The Coastal Entrepreneur Awards recognizes up-and-coming ventures in our region as well as established companies that keep innovating.

People that are posing at the coastal entrepreneur awards.

High-Schoolers Tackle Entrepreneurial Process

The YEPex Youth Summit and Chancellor’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Challenge provides high-schoolers first-hand access to the problem-solving entrepreneurial process and resources to continue to pursue their solutions after the competition’s end.

Student stands on stage and gives presentation about Starbucks “Breaking free from plastic”

CIE Supports The Alliance For The Blue Economy

The Alliance for the Blue Economy, also known as All Blue, supports Blue Economy entrepreneurs and innovators, promotes the Cape Fear region as a Blue Economy innovation hub, assists in the creation of Blue Economy-ready infrastructure and attracts Blue Economy investment capital.

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Contact The CIE

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

803 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5676

Regular Hours

  • Monday to Friday - 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

  • Saturday and Sunday - Closed