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The first annual North Carolina Entrepreneurship Educators Conference takes place at the CIE in 2017.

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We are the region’s largest sponsor of events, training, and educational programs for the entrepreneurial community.

The CIE nurtures emerging companies and works to accelerate the entrepreneurial ecosystem in southeastern North Carolina. We are a vibrant hub of innovation and a central facility that offers both small business education events and a state-of-the-art incubator space.

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2017 Women to Watch

Announcing WILMA's Leadership Institute 2018 Class

The CIE's Manager of Programs and Operations, Laura Brogdon-Primavera, has been named one of WILMA's 2018 Leadership Initiative class.
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Petrics to be shown as 'Innovation Award' winner at CES

via Greater Wilmington Business Journal

Petrics, a Wilmington-based pet technology company, has been selected as a CES 2018 Innovation Awards Honoree, according to a news release from the company.

The company was selected as an honoree in both the Smart Home and Tech for a Better World product categories, officials said. Petrics will exhibit at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), a major industry trade show that runs Jan. 9-12 in Las Vegas.

Janelle Babington

Easy Conversation and EasyVote: CIE Connects Local Election Software Startup with Industry Veteran

On Monday, October 30, the CIE’s Ocean Conference Room hosted yet another meeting. This one was a little different: Charles Davis of EasyVote Solutions, a Wilmington startup and one-time CIE tenant, met with Conny McCormack—a former top election official for San Diego, Dallas, and L.A. (L.A. is the largest county in the U.S., with over 5 million registered voters.)


Tuesdays with Tobin: Exit Thesis

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

In this session, participants learn Tobin's "truths" about exit points, exit valuations, and the path to get there. They will learn the difference between a strategic exit and financial exit.

Please bring your own bag lunch. Free for members, $15 for nonmembers, Register here.


Welcome Wednesday

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

These informal bi-weekly meetings provide an open forum for interested students, faculty and community members to exchange information pertinent to the growth and success of their businesses. Individuals meet CIE director Diane Durance and members of Seahawk Innovation, a venture funding and mentoring firm operating within the CIE.