Event to examine ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship with the Military’

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North Carolina has the nation’s third largest military population, according to the N.C. Military Foundation. But until recently, it was in the bottom 10 for doing business with military.

The UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE, 803 S. College Road) will host a talk March 25 examining the improvement and its implications for businesses.

CIE is accepting RSVPs now for the 4 p.m. “Innovation and Entrepreneurship with the Military” event via cie@uncw.edu.”Meet three people working within military infrastructure who will explore where your innovations can connect to available resources,” said the announcement.

They are:

Dr. Brad Guay, a program manager with the U.S. Army Small Business Technology Transfer Program;

T.A. “Mickey” Finn, a strategic programs consultant with the N.C. Military Business Center;

John Panaccione, a former 82nd Airborne paratrooper and organizer with VET to CEO, which helps veterans who are interested in entrepreneurship. Panaccione is also the CEO of software firm LogicBay, which is a tenant at CIE.

CIE, which opened in September 2013, offers low-cost space, mentoring and funding connections to early-stage startups so they can grow at an accelerated rate. The idea is they will become robust local business that help the Wilmington area build its innovation presence. The facility also routinely hosts or coordinates events that connect local businesses with opportunity.

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