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

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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CIE News and Events


Four local startups led by women selected for NC IDEA program

myBeeHyve, Vavaroom, Skilly-do, and Anahata Swimwear are all CIE affiliates, and they're gearing up to enter the SOAR program (mentorship for female entrepreneurs) from NC IDEA (a private organization that provides grants, funding, and other support for NC startups). 

2018 Chancellor's High School Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition Winners

Results from the Third Annual Chancellor's High School Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition Are In

Coverage from multiple sources for the day's winners--Peregrine and Hang Free Hammocks: 

UNCW News: UNCW's Third Annual Chancellor's High School Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition Names Winners

WWAY: High school student entrepreneurs compete for cash prizes

Aidan Shepard

Friday Feature: Aidan Shepard, Candy Compass, and a Startup-Launching Sweet Tooth

"I've always liked candy," Aidan Shepard says, uttering the understatement of the week. Almost three years ago, he founded Candy Compass, a subscription box for candy from different countries around the world. He's also seventeen.


NC fILM Forum: ConGRADuations

May 4th

5:30 - 7:30 PM

A monthly gathering of the Wilmington film community coming together for local artists' screenings, networking, and discussion about how to advance the film industry in the ILM.

Congratulations, grads! The CIE, in partnership with the NC fILM Forum, will host a graduation reception and event for UNCW and CFCC film studies grads. There will be food, drinks, fun, and a showing of photos from your time in Wilmington and any short video projects you'd like to display.

Click to RSVP and submit any materials for the showcase.

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SBA Summer Workshop Series #1: 50 Home-Based Businesses for Startup Entrepreneurs

Tuesdays, May 8th - July 24th

This course provides startup entrepreneurs with flexibility in career options by exploring the availability of a home-based small business career. 

Topics include developing the key processes for a home-based business, such as the startup requirements, the business plan, the marketing plan, the financial plan, and how to obtain alternative lending for your home-based small business.

Free. Register here.