- March 25, 2014, 4 p.m. - Innovation and Entrepreneurship with the Military - Speakers will include: Dr. Brad Guay, Army Small Business Technology Transfer, program manager; T.A. "Mickey" Finn, North Carolina Military Business Center, strategic programs consultant; John Pannacione, Logic Bay CEO and VET to CEO organizer (CIE tenant)
April 24, 2014 - Big Employers Event - Five of the largest employers will share their five largest problems in their industry to open the minds of entrepreneurs to createsolutions for those problems Event Location: Terraces on Sir Tyler
- May 13, 2014 - Internship Summit - Learn how to secure UNCW students as interns for your company and how to become a part of the Certified Internship Program
May 22, 2014 - Greater Wilmington Business Journal Coastal Entrepreneur Awards - Event Location: UNCW Burney Center
June, 2014 - Potential Rocket Pitch
- June 19, 2014 - Three Level of Investors - Early Angels, Angel Groups and Venture Capitalists
- July 17, 2014 - Tom Fisher, Senior VP & CIO of Cloud at Oracle Corp. - Fisher has been at the C-Level for tech giants such as Qualcomm, eBay, and Gateway Computers.
- Sept. 4, 2014 - Anniversary Event of CIE Grand Opening
CIE in the News
- Center Events Stretch Entrepreneurial Thinking, Boundaries - GWBJ, 02.21.14
- Print 3D, everyday items? Local entrepreneurs laud the possibilities - Port City Daily, 01.17.14
- Wilmington firm makes new blood circulation device - Wilmington Star-News, 12.28.13
- Wilmington start-up uses science to judge wine - Wilmington Star-News, 12.21.13
- Wilmington startup Next Glass wins statewide tech award - Port City Daily, 11.8.13
- Rocket Pitch audience hears from investors, startups - GWBJ, 10.31.13
- Interview: F. Scott Moody, AuthenTec co-founder, says Wilmington has good support system for startups - Port City Daily, 10.24.13
- Center holds small business grant workshop - Greater Wilmington Business Journal, 10.17.13
- Wilmington’s new entrepreneurship center could someday fund your startup
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March 25, 2014 - Innovation and Entrepreneurship with the Military - Speakers will include: Brad Guay, U.S. Army Research Office; John Pannacione, Logic Bay; TA Mickey Finn, North Carolina Military Business Center
- April, 2014 - Big Employers Event
Five of the largest employers will share their five largest problems in theirindustry to open the minds of entrepreneurs to create solutions for thoseproblems.
May, 2014 - Greater Wilmington Business Journal Coastal Entrepreneur Awards
- June, 2014 - Potential Rocket Pitch
- July 17, 2014 - Tom Fisher, Senior VP & CIO of Cloud at Oracle Corp. Fisher has been at the C-Level for tech giants such as Qualcomm, eBay, and Gateway Computers.
Past Events - 2013
- February 20, 2014, 4 p.m. - Connecting with Connectors: Building a Bridge from the Coast to the Triangle - Speakers included: Larry Steffan, Wireless Resource Center of North Carolina; Merrill Mason, Smith Anderson Law; Michelle Calton, North Carolina Technology Association; Bob Creeden, Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network. They discussed the basics of entrepreneurial development and the building blocks of a technology economy and how to connect to NC resources.
- February 18, 2014, 7:30 a.m. - Wilmington Area IT Professionals Breakfast Panel: Status of Software Development and Innovation in Wilmington - Our panelists came from a variety of backgrounds with experience from working for large organizations to smaller consulting/contracting firms to start up IT industries. Panelists included John Berry (IBM), Tanner Clayton (WaveRider), Forrest Maready (NextGlass.co) and Ron Vetter (UNCW).
February 7, 2014, 12 p.m. - NC IDEA Spring 2014 Grant Cycle - NC IDEA visited Wilmington to speak on how to apply for a grant, what they look for in an application and what types of companies are eligible for funding. Justin Beard of SnapYeti and a UNCW graduate is a recent NC IDEA grant winner who presented at the program as well. Check out this video of SnapYeti and the CIE on Time Warner Cable News!
January 16, 2014, 4 p.m. - 3D Printing with Tom Kurke (GeoMagic) andlocal General Electric engineersFormer President of GeoMagic, Inc. which sold to 3D Systems for $55 million. According to reports, 3D printing will be a 6 billion dollar industry by 2017. Tom discussed the potential of advanced manufacturing within the local and US economy.
- November 19, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
2013 Discovery Forum, Cobblestone Hall, Raleigh, NC
Program included a presentation from our very own Alex Vidor, CEO and Co-Founder of Social Pathway Solutions, LLC
- Monday, Nov. 18, 12:30 p.m. – The Basics of Crowdfunding – CIE
Crowdfunding, a trend in very early stage funding, was founded by San Francisco-based Indiegogo. 803 S. College Road was the first stop on Indiegogo's North Carolina tour. Breanna DiGiammarino, education, research and social innovation director at Indiegogo, discussed the basics of crowdfunding.
- Wednesday, Oct. 30, 5:30 p.m. – Rocket Pitch – CIE
Don Rainey of Grotech Ventures (LivingSocial in portfolio) and Norvell Miller of Southeast Interactive (How Stuff Works in portfolio) and Cameron Executive Network—discussed their experiences, investing interests and advice for coastal NC companies. Two coached and prepared companies, Next Glass and Social Pathway Solutions, in different startup stages had ten minutes each to Rocket Pitch to the audience about their exciting opportunities.
- Wednesday, Oct. 23, 5:30 p.m. – The Secrets to Success – Presented by Scott Moody – Lumina Theater
Scott Moody built AuthenTec, which was sold for $356 million and became the fingerprint security features on the new iPhone. As the founder and managing director of First Talent Ventures, a venture fund based in Raleigh, and a venture partner at Stonehenge Capital, Moody is a powerhouse in the Raleigh and Durham technology communities, including as a Groundworker-in-Residence at Groundwork Labs. Moody shared insights into the personal passion and sacrifices necessary to succeed in the current economy.
- Oct. 17 – Successful SBIR Grant Application Workshop – Presented by John Ujvari of the SBTDC
Did you know 1 out of 8 companies who receive a SBIR/STTR grant are able to attract venture capital investments? Did you know investors use SBIR grants to serve as a qualifier about barrier to entry, as a measure of innovative uniqueness and a measure of the size of the marketplace? Did you know the SBIR grants are considered non-dilutive equity and grants range from $150,000-$1.5 million? John Ujvari presented to a room full of area innovators and entrepreneurs
- Sept. 25 – Wilmington Techworking – Hosted by NCTA
Don’t just network…techwork. The North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) brings together members and the greater technology community for networking in a more casual and social atmosphere. Connect, build relationships, increase visibility and have fun doing it! NCTA traveled from the mountains to the coast celebrating the vibrancy of the tech sector in NC and stopped at the CIE for the final leg of the tour.'
- Sept. 19 - Entremanureship -- Guest Speakers, Tom
Lotrecchiano and Joe Schmidt
Tom Lotrecchiano and Joe Schmidt presented their sales, marketing and e-commerce experiences at the CIE in September. Lotrecchiano and Schmidt find great joy in sharing their journey of being entrepreneurs over the last 15 years with businesses such as Art.com and CanvasonDemand.com. Art.com had an initial public offering on Wall Street and CanvasonDemand.com was acquired by CafePress. Tom and Joe were Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs of the Year finalists in 2008 and CanvasonDemand was included in the INC 500.
They have delighted thousands during their public presentations, stories about their business adventures which range from hilarious to heart-wrenching. They refer to their shrewd (and sometimes outrageously unconventional) wisdom gained from a combination of education and real-life experiences as Entremanureship!
For more information, visit Entremanureship.
- Aug. 21 – NC IDEA Fall 2013 Wilmington Info Session
NC IDEA officials traveled to Wilmington to kick-off their Fall 2013 Grant Cycle and provided potential grant applicants an overview of the grant process and eligibility criteria. Participants learned more on how to apply for a grant, what NC IDEA looks for in an application and what types of companies are eligible for funding.
Jan. 23 - Your Credit is Your Business -- Guest Speaker, Tom Gordon
Mr. Gordon, a former employee in the consumer information industry with over 21 years of experience with Equifax, shed light on the inner workings of the credit bureaus and discussed how personal credit affects your business and steps you can take to improve your business credit profile.