The UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE)

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The UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) offers programs, services, and activities to promote and support entrepreneurship and the creation of innovative new ventures in Southeastern North Carolina. The CIE is an extension of the university and partners with both public and private organizations to support regional economic development and the creation and growth of innovation-based businesses. Its mission is to engage and support UNCW students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as students and entrepreneurs throughout the community and region, in the creation of entrepreneurial ventures, knowledge-based jobs, and innovative business solutions. The CIE strategically focuses its activities in areas where regional strengths and university expertise converge – education, health and IT technologies, coastal and marine sciences, and digital arts and media production. The CIE connects high-growth ventures and entrepreneurs with each other, and with the opportunities and resources needed to accelerate their success. The CIE supports the growth of both campus- and community-based ventures by delivering a diverse range of programs and support services and coordinating its efforts with other entrepreneurial support organizations to maximize impact and reduce duplication of efforts. Located south of main campus at 803 South College Road, the center serves as a visible front door to the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Become a part of this dynamic environment today! Click to see a video of what the CIE is about.  Listen to this Supportedly Podcast to learn more!


The UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship works to identify and nurture high-growth, high-impact companies and to accelerate the entrepreneurial ecosystem in southeastern North Carolina. Our mission is to connect, leverage, and ignite regional strengths and university expertise to create innovative and entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges in human health, education, coastal/marine environments, and media production.

To learn more about our current areas of focus and initiatives below, click here.



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