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

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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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CIE News and Events

Petrics smart bed

Friday Feature: Ed Hall, Healthy Pets, and the World’s First Smart Pet Bed

Entrepreneurship is about solving a problem—about easing your customer's pain. Petrics, the pet healthcare company making IoT products and making waves in small business news lately, does it by making life easier for pet owners and healthier for pets. For its founder, Ed Hall, the path to startup stardom began with his mother. With three cats and a dog, Hall's mother found it impossible to keep track of which pets needed which foods in what amounts.

Enter Petrics.

The Write Stuff: Wilmington startup looks to inspire teachers and help students

CIE Tenant Uni-SPIRE, masterminded by Debbie Powell, received a great writeup at Port City Daily.

High School Business Competition

Chancellor's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition Now Open

The Chancellor’s High School Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition of 2018 is an amazing opportunity for high school thinkers, dreamers, and innovators to explore their inner entrepreneurial spirit. This is a high school “lean” business competition for Southeast North Carolina, covering 18 counties and 50 high schools. Registration is open as of February 1st. Contestants will complete a preliminary presentation March 1st and semifinalists will move on to present at the CIE on April 21st. Top three winners of the competition will receive cash prizes, trophies, CIE membership, and a copy of The Lean Entrepreneur. Click here to learn more.

CIE Connection

CIE CONNECTION, January 2018

Check out the CIE's brand new monthly newsletter, live on the site here! 


NC fILM Forum presents: An ILM Music Video Party

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Waterline Brewery

We had over 50 submissions from filmmakers and bands statewide and are looking forward to showcasing this selection with filmmakers representing Asheville, Raleigh, Jacksonville, Winston, Greensboro, and Wilmington. The event is FREE, there's a food truck, local brews, and tons of creative people to network with. This is a kickoff to 2018 and all the art/fILM/dance/music collaborations that are about to take over our state.

Hosted by Honey Head Films, the NC fILM Forum Admins, UNCW CIE, & Cucalorus. Free. RSVP here.


Tuesdays with Tobin: From Problem to Product

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

In today's fast-paced startup world, a comprehensive model that shows where all cash flows interact with your solution is way more important than the old “classic” business plan. The business model approach is a flexible, living, breathing representation of how to make money! By the end of this session, participants will be able to identify the single biggest threat to their startup succeeding.

Please bring a bag lunch.

Free for members, $15 for nonmembers. Register here.