2015 Upcoming Events

  • May 28, 4:00-7:00 p.m., CIE - The Coastal Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: It’s Not a Jungle Out There - Join representatives from the CIE, Seahawk Innovation, Elite Innovations, tekMountain, Ignition, and the Small Business and Technology Development Center in an exploration of the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Learn how it supports innovators, entrepreneurs and businesses in the Wilmington area and sustains both incubator and accelerator resources necessary for continued growth. Register Now!

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2015 NEW Programs

Weekly High Tide Breakfasts

Two startups have 6 minutes to provide value proposition pitches followed by Q&A. Then a guest mentor is provided 6 minutes to share with the group their experiences and how they can help the startups at CIE.

Entrepreneur Boot Camp

Eight week program for CIE tenants and members, inspired by TechStars, for startups to hear from experienced entrepreneurs and investors about company architecture, selling, branding and marketing, financial modeling, and several other key topics to build a successful startup. At the end of camp, startups have the opportunity to participate in a Rocket Pitch style event.

Cucalorus 10x10 Project-REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

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The 21st annual Cucalorus Film Festival brings back Norwood Cheek's 10x10 filmmaking challenge that pairs ten filmmakers with ten entrepreneurs to produce a short video in less than a week. This hands-on program is made possible through an ongoing partnership between Cucalorus, Castle Branch Corp.’s tekMountain incubator and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The 10x10 program introduces creatives in the film industry to innovators in the world of emerging business and serves as a showcase for the growing community of entrepreneurs working in the Cape Fear region.

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

Support

Office Hours

CIE tenants are provided opportunities to meet with visiting speakers and prensenters, usually around a scheduled event, to meet one on one for feedback to help grow their startups the right way.

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Media Room

CIE tenants and student startups who need media assistance such as photos, videos, and/or podcasts have access to the new CIE media room. Film Studies interns are available to assist with your project needs. Have a project? Complete this form to apply for assistance!

Other Programs and Support

Events

Annual Coastal Entrepreneurship Awards

This annual event provides an opportunity for local entrepreneurs and growing companies to be recognized for their innovation and achievements. Ten category winners and entrepreneur of the year award are selected by a distinguished panel of judges and announced at the awards ceremony.

Rocket Pitch and Pivot Pitch Events

This once semi-annual and highly publicized event selects up to five of the Cape Fear region’s most exciting emerging startup companies and provides a venue for each founder to deliver a 10-minute presentation on the business and financial model, product(s), growth strategy, risks and resources needed.

UNCW Global Entrepreneurship Week

The CIE is proud to host local events as part of this worldwide week in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation that has inspired more than 10 million people in 102 countries, touching aspiring entrepreneurs from major cities to remote villages through some 58,000 events.

Fall 2013 Rocket Pitch Videos:

Spring 2012 Rocket Pitch Videos:

Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC)

A key partner, the SBTDC provides free counseling services to entrepreneurs and business owners covering the complete range of key topics including managing finances, developing a marketing plan and managing a growing venture.

Have a Program Idea or Recommendation?

The UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship always welcomes recommendations and ideas for improving existing programs and introducing new ones that help support its mission and the entrepreneurship community.


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