Friday, December 2, 2022

UNCW joins global efforts to celebrate entrepreneurs

The UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship located on College Road is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. (Port City Daily/File)

Through Nov. 20, UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will be joining 200 countries and 10 million participants in Global Entrepreneurship Week. In Wilmington numerous speakers and events are planned to focus on and empower entrepreneurs. 

“GEW Wilmington puts our entrepreneurial ecosystem and university on an international map,” Heather McWhorter, CIE director at UNCW, said in a press release. “Our hope is to inspire our next generation of entrepreneurs, many of them UNCW past, current or future students, and to break down the barriers for everyone to succeed through entrepreneurship.” 

The week is sponsored by UNCW’s Cameron School of Business, Centro Hispano, UNCW’s Office of Research and Innovation, Cape Fear Community College and Brunswick Community College.  

Open community-wide, the weeklong celebration includes daily events.

  • Nov. 15, 6-8 p.m., Cameron Hall, Room 123: Idea Pitch Challenge — UNCW student entrepreneurs will pitch business ideas to judges for cash. 
  • Nov. 16, all day, UNCW and New Hanover County high schools : UNCW Entrepreneur Day — Connecting thousands of students to successful entrepreneurs in one day. 
  • Nov. 16, 9 a.m., CIE: 1 Million Cups Wilmington — Hear from entrepreneurs about their startups and provide connections and suggestions that can help. 
  • Nov. 17, 8-10:30 a.m., CIE: Mentor Madness — Fast-paced, caffeinated speed-mentoring program to connect startup and scale-up entrepreneurs with expert advisors. 
  • Nov. 18, noon-1:30 p.m., CIE: First Inventor’s Lunch (invitation-only event) and National Academy of Inventors Induction.

All events and registration details can be found on the CIE website. 

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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