Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Membership Benefits & Options


NCEEC participants

Membership Benefits

Members of the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship receive benefits including:

  • Free attendance for all general events (the CIE hosts 90+ per year)
  • A discounted rate for paid programs and events
  • Access to Media Team services (at the startup level or higher) ($200 annual fee, up to 10 projects per year)
  • Inclusion in the CIE's mailing list, which includes updates and announcements about Wilmington's business scene
  • Additional opportunities and recognition not available to nonmembers

(For even more benefits, consider becoming a tenant in our incubator space.)

Membership Options

Please submit an application to begin the process of registering for membership at the CIE. Submitting an application does not guarantee membership. Applications are reviewed to ensure a proper fit with the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

  • Student – $25: Open to formally enrolled university and community college students.
  • UNCW Faculty/Staff – $45: For UNCW faculty and staff, this special membership level provides an opportunity to become involved in the Center.
  • Nonprofit – $50: Organizations with current or pending 501c3 status; includes all organization members.
  • Individual – $75: Open to individual community members.
  • Startup – $125: Two entrepreneurs and/or executives in the same company or organization.
  • Stakeholder < 50 Employees – $250: Open to all company employees. (Purchasing this membership will also secure a listing for your company on our sponsors and partners page.)
  • Stakeholder > 50 Employees – $450: Open to all company employees. (Purchasing this membership will also secure a listing for your company on our sponsors and partners page.)

Memberships support the CIE's resources to maintain and expand programs that support entrepreneurship in the Cape Fear region. Memberships begin from the day the payment is received and end December 31st of the same year. Membership renewals begin on January 1st.

UNCW alumni are eligible for a $10 discount off of the applicable membership, starting at the nonprofit membership level ($50/year).

Membership can be revoked if it is discovered that you are blatantly advertising or selling your products/services at events, including solicitations, forcible networking, taking advantage of members, engaging in business or professional activities that may be deemed unethical, misrepresenting your affiliation with the Center, or publicizing the Center using falsified statements.

Please note: Memberships only provide access to our events and programs. They do not provide access to the conference room, lobby, or co-working space for meetings. For these and other benefits, look into becoming a co-working tenant in our premier incubator space.