UNC Wilmington - Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

  • Education
  • Entrepreneurial Services
803-G South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 962-3611
  • About

    Through events, opportunities, research, education and building relationships, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of NC at Wilmington has built a large community of entrepreneurs within the community, the university and the region. Some of our initiatives have been:
    created a mentor program where experienced entrepreneurs can mentor nascent ones as they build and expand their businesses;
    launched the Wachovia Entrepreneurial Speaker Series and hosted the Wachovia Entrepreneurship Week;
    developed training seminars covering cutting-edge and advanced business topics for CEOs and entrepreneurs including ''How to Build a Successful Board of Directors'' and ''The Impact of Social Media'';
    and hosted the Rocket Pitch series where high-growth entrepreneurs deliver 5-minute presentations showcasing their companies and products.

    The center's other entrepreneurial accomplishments include:
    provided forums through the Rocket Pitch series resulting in customer contracts exceeding $100,000 and debt and equity financing topping $4 million;
    helped startup companies secure $5.2 million in equity financing through its signature Rocket Pitch events and meetings facilitated by the center;
    created numerous mentor relationships;
    recruited 3 businesses and helped launch 12 new startup companies in the region, three owned by UNCW graduates;
    indirectly supported the creation of jobs and student internships for area startup companies;
    and educated area small business owners through entrepreneur speakers and classes, individual advice sessions, and training seminars.

  • Whom to Contact

    • Jesse Jonres
      Attorney