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

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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! 


GenFKD Info Session

6:00 - 7:30 PM

Interested in gaining financial literacy, career prep, and entrepreneurial skills? Come learn about the UNCW chapter of GenFKD and what it has to offer you. 

  • Interactive workshops
  • Guest speakers
  • Hands-on skills training

If you have questions, email Email to register.


Nonprofit or Social-Impact Venture? Grow the Right Organization to Maximize Your Impact

5:30 - 7:30 PM

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

• The differences between nonprofit and for-profit social- impact ventures and why your decision matters
• How to test your idea with your community
• What it takes (structurally speaking) let your positive spark shine brighter in today’s social economy.

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