2015 Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, March 11, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., CIE - TriMech 3D Printer Lunch & Learn - You are invited to our upcoming TriMech 3D Printer Lunch & Learn where you will have the opportunity to meet Stratasys representatives, network with business professionals and learn more about the latest 3D printing technologies and services we offer. The event is free and lunch will also be served to all attendees. To register, visit the registration page.
  • Beginning February 17, CIE - Boot Camp for Entrepreneurs - An 8-session, 3-month long boot camp open for 12 participants. REGISTRATION IS FULL - to be considered for the next Boot Camp, please email cie@uncw.edu
  • Every Wednesday, 8:30 a.m., CIE - High Tide Breakfast - Two 6 minute value proposition pitches from two startups and one introduction to a local or visiting mentor. Students and community are welcome to help building our startup community. RSVP to: cie@uncw.edu

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Thursday, February 26, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., at MARBIONC at CREST Research Park - Life Sciences: Growth and Funding, Breakfast Event - rsvp to cie@uncw.edu

Five-minute value proposition pitches
12 local early stage life science companies

Resources needed to grow the industry
Panelists include: Dr. John Hardin, Executive Director for the North Carolina Board of Science, Technology & Innovation; John Ujvari, SBIR Program Specialist with the North Carolina SBTDC; Rick Hill and Paul Wyatt of NC Commerce

Moderated by: Deb Mosca, Marine Bio-Technologies Center of Innovation

Securing financing
Panelists include: Mike Rhoades, Wilmington Investor Network; Bob Creeden, former Blackstone Entrepreneur Network; Rik Vandevenne, River Cities Capital Funds

Moderated by: Gary Hayes, COO, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Scale Finance

Corporate partners
Panelists include: Sam Tetlow, EpiCypher and former VC with Research Triangle Ventures; Dr. Austin Yeargan; Joe Ruiz, Small Business Innovative Research Grant Writer | Emerging Biotech R & D Specialist

Moderated by: Alexander C. Dale, Ward and Smith, P.A.

Tour of MARBIONC and the NextGlass Lab

Thanks to our sponsors:Ward and Smith Logo

Scale Finance


High Tide Breakfast every Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. - Breakfast provided by Apple Annie's and Coffee provided by Aramark. Interested in presenting or mentoring at a future event? Let us know! RSVP to cie@uncw.edu


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Check out our film that debuted Sunday, November 16, 2014 at Cucalorus! Thank you to our filmmaker, Khang Mai!

CIE Vision

The UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) works to identify and nurture high-growth, high-impact companies and to accelerate the entrepreneurial ecosystem in southeastern North Carolina.

Our center is a nurturing environment for innovators as well as the entrepreneurs who will start the businesses to bring those innovations to the marketplace. With a combination of event space for training, co-working space for “napkin-stage” startups, low cost office space, experienced mentors and a future venture capital fund, we have created a great environment for startups in a great place – Wilmington, NC. Our unique events centered around increasing sales, preparing successful SBIR grant proposals and developing better investor presentations will help entrepreneurs make better fundamental decisions at an early stage, setting them on the path to success within the local economy.

Our center serves both the students and faculty of UNC Wilmington as well as the startups interested in being a part of our community. Our events are currently free and always lead to lively discussions about the new talent discovered in our backyard. We often invite out-of-town professionals from the entrepreneurship and business development worlds to speak about a variety of topics relevant to today’s economic challenges and opportunities for growing a business.

Please visit this site often for news about upcoming events and opportunities to see and hear from the companies you will read about tomorrow and for years to come.

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