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Ignite Program Deadline

December 15th

Have a startup idea? The UNCW Ignite Program wants to give you money, mentoring, and dedicated office space to make it happen.

The UNCW Ignite Program gives financial and mentoring support to 2 student entrepreneurs, whether they be working on nonprofit social entrepreneurship or for-profit ventures. Ignite provides between $2,000 and $3,000 to the student enterprise, as well as dedicated office space and membership at the CIE, mentoring, educational seminars, and other support resources. Ignite is a way to give UNCW students a shot at founding a successful, innovative startup.

Click here for submission guidelines.


Welcome Wednesdays

January 10th and 24th; February 7th and 21st; March 7th and 21st; April 11th and 25th; May 9th and 23rd

9:00 - 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.


NC fILM Forum: Connecting Our Community's Creatives

January 10th

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Location TBD

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.

More details coming soon. Join the Facebook group to keep connected.


LinkedIn & Personal Brand Workshop with Pivot Launch Coaching & Whittington Consulting Group

January 17th

3:00 - 5:00 PM

If you want to learn how to dial in your professional brand and learn the right way to use LinkedIn, come join us. Mike Hunter and Neal Whittington will co-present on the power of branding combined with the reach of LinkedIn. Once they have shifted your mindset on how these two things go together, they will facilitate a profile work session.

This presentation and workshop is perfect for students, grad students, and professionals alike. Attendees will walk away with a fresh understanding of why branding is so important today and how to get the most out of their LinkedIn profile. 

Attendees must bring a PDF version of their LinkedIn profile. To do that, they need to click on the three dots below and to the right of their profile headshot. Then select "Save to PDF." Be sure to print out a hard copy and bring with you. 

Free for students, grad students, and members; $15 for nonmembers. Register here. (Students, email us at cie@uncw.edu for details on how to register free.)


Tuesdays With Tobin: Creating a Successful Startup in the 21st Century

January 23rd

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Tobin Geatz, Co-Founder and General Partner of Seahawk Innovation, joins the CIE for seminars on entrepreneurship. His vision and leadership have helped Seahawk Innovation and their unique model to launch, fund, expand, and manage innovative businesses. Participants will discover:

  •  What your startup needs to be successful in the 21st century
  •  Why money doesn't solve your problems as a startup
  •  What Seahawk Innovation looks for in its startup companies from an investor's point of view

Please bring a bag lunch.

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


NC IDEA: Writing a Winning Grant Application

January 25th

4:00 - 6:00 PM

In this event, NC IDEA Foundation will provide an overview of all NC IDEA programming, specifically focusing on its upcoming NC IDEA SEED Program, which provides $50,000 grants to early-stage, high-growth companies.

In the first hour, NC IDEA will briefly walk through the various programs of the foundation and discuss those that may benefit your company, including NC IDEA LABS and NC IDEA SOAR.

In the second hour, NC IDEA will walk companies through the various components of the NC IDEA SEED application, providing tips and best practices for writing a successful application. (Applications for the NC IDEA SEED program will open 2/12 and close 2/26. See this link for more details.)

Free. Register here.


Leadership Lessons from the Battlefield for Today's Business Leaders

January 30th

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

A speech and discussion about the effects of poor leadership in businesses and ways to remedy this, given by Colonel (Retired) Rob Campbell, Author and Leadership Consultant.

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


Intro to Marketing with Michael Barbera

February 8th

10:00 AM

More information coming soon. Coffee and snacks provided.

$10 for members, $20 for nonmembers. Registration coming soon.


NC fILM Forum: Connecting Our Community's Creatives

February 14th

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Location TBD

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.

More details coming soon. Join the Facebook group to keep connected.


Nonprofit Series: How to Start a Nonprofit

February 22nd

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Are you ready to start a nonprofit? Join David Morrison, MPA, CMRc of DF Morrison Consulting as he prepares you for working in the nonprofit sector. You will have the opportunity to learn:

  • How to test your idea with the community
  • Why you should work with your community, not against them
  • What it takes (paperwork in particular) to start your nonprofit

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


Tuesdays with Tobin: From Problem to Product

February 27th

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Tobin Geatz, Co-Founder and General Partner of Seahawk Innovation, joins the CIE for seminars on entrepreneurship. His vision and leadership have helped Seahawk Innovation and their unique model to launch, fund, expand, and manage innovative businesses.

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. Registration coming soon.


NC fILM Forum: Connecting Our Community's Creatives

March 14th

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Location TBD

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.

More details coming soon. Join the Facebook group to keep connected.


Nonprofit Series: Grant Writing Basics for Nonprofits

March 15th

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Back by popular demand, David Morrison, MPA, CMRc and Althea Lewis, MBA, MCE are excited to team up to present this action-packed seminar focusing on grant writing for nonprofits. We will review components like the request for proposal, the letter of inquiry, and more. You will come away with strategies for success including tips on how to get those pesky budgets to align.

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

Tuesdays with Tobin: Exit Thesis

March 27th

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Tobin Geatz, Co-Founder and General Partner of Seahawk Innovation, joins the CIE for seminars on entrepreneurship. His vision and leadership have helped Seahawk Innovation and their unique model to launch, fund, expand, and manage innovative businesses.

In this session, participants will 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 a bag lunch.

Free for members, $15 for nonmembers. Registration coming soon.


Selling Made Simple Michael Barbera

April 10th

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

More information coming soon.

Free for members, $15 for nonmembers. Registration coming soon.


NC fILM Forum: Connecting Our Community's Creatives

April 11th

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Location TBD

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.

More details coming soon. Join the Facebook group to keep connected.


Nonprofit Series: Program Management for Nonprofits

April 19th

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

You have funding, now what? Join David Morrison, MPA in DF Morrison Consulting's final Spring 2018 seminar. He will help you plan for those all important programs. Learn the value of research your target audience, how to market to your selected group, and ultimately, how to manage all the happenings once participants show up at your door.

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


Annual High School Business Plan Competition

April 21st

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

More information coming soon.

Free for all. Registration coming soon.


NC fILM Forum: Connecting Our Community's Creatives

May 9th

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Location TBD

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.

More details coming soon. Join the Facebook group to keep connected.


NC fILM Forum: Connecting Our Community's Creatives

June 13th

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Location TBD

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.

More details coming soon. Join the Facebook group to keep connected.