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Chancellor Sartarelli talking at the CIE.
´╗┐Karl Ricanek receives 2016 entrepreneurship award.

CIE News and Events

Diane Durance

UNCW Names Diane Durance Director of UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Diane Durance has been named director of the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE). She will assume her duties beginning June 20, 2016.

Durance brings 10 years of leading, coaching and mentoring startup technology ventures and entrepreneurial support organizations to UNCW. She is currently president of MiQuest, a Michigan 501(c)(3) supporting early- and second-stage ventures across the state.

3 Essential Strategies for Small Business App Development

What can a small business do to create a valuable and engaging app without breaking the bank? On May 18th at the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Senior Technical Architect and mobile app developer William Mansfield answered that question. Mansfield offers a three-pronged approach for small businesses developing apps.


Student teams from Topsail High School and Duplin Early College High School earn top honors in inaugural Chancellor’s High School Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition.

The competition’s final event, held May 14 at UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), involved six teams of finalists from five area high schools: Topsail, John T. Hoggard, East Columbus, Duplin Early College and Coastal Christian. 


2nd Annual CIE Welcome Week

5:00-7:00pm, CIE

CIE hosts an annual Welcome Week event to bring hundreds of students to our facility for a fun, engaging evening. Booths featuring many different companies and CIE groups will be set up outside as well as games and activities. There will be several raffles going on as well. Come join us!



Student Engagement Mixer

6:00–8:00pm, CIE

Students who sign up at our student engagement booth during our Welcome Week event will be invited to come back to the CIE for a networking session with CIE student employees and other students interested in getting involved. We will further discuss what the CIE does, and how it can benefit students.


Intro to Analytics Program

6:00–8:00pm, CIE 

This program will be given by CIE tenant and founder of Tikto Plus, Marc Mereyde. It will teach the basics of analytics and digital marketing in order to prep those interested in our Google Analytics Certification Workshop in September for current UNCW students in any and all programs.  

$50 for members, $75 for non-members.  

To register for the September or October Intro to Analytics Program, please emailcie@uncw.edu.