Friday, November 11, 2022

UNCW and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will present Global entrepreneurship Wilmington WeekNovember 12-20, with a variety of speakers and events that celebrate and empower entrepreneurs. GEW Wilmington is part of a larger global effort with 200 countries and 10 million people participating.

“GEW Wilmington puts our entrepreneurial ecosystem and our university on an international map,” said Heather McWhorter, Director of CIE. “Our hope is to inspire our next generation of entrepreneurs, many of whom are former, current or future UNCW students, and break down the barriers that prevent everyone from succeeding through entrepreneurship.”

Sponsored by NC IDEA, GEW Wilmington partners also include UNCW Cameron School of Business, Centro Hispano, UNCW Office of Research and Innovation, Cape Fear Community College, and Brunswick Community Middle School.

Open to all students, staff, faculty, and community members, the week-long celebration includes events ranging from the statewide ecosystem summit hosted by NC IDEA in Winston-Salem to regional events. performing in Wilmington, New Hanover County, on the UNCW campus, in Bolivia, and online.

Some key events held at UNCW include:

  • Impacto Latino Business Fair, November 12, 2-4 p.m., Warwick Center
    Inaugural event to bring together local Latinx-owned businesses, professionals, entrepreneurs and UNCW students.
  • Idea Pitch Challenge, November 15, 6-8 p.m., Cameron Hall, Room 123
    UNCW student entrepreneurs will pitch business ideas to judges for cash.
  • UNCW Entrepreneur Day, November 16, all day, UNCW and New Hanover County High Schools
    Connecting thousands of students to successful entrepreneurs in one day.
  • 1 million Wilmington cups, November 16, 9 a.m., CIE
    Hear entrepreneurs talk about their startups and provide connections and suggestions that can help you.
  • Mentor Madness, November 17, 8-10:30 a.m., CIE
    A fast-paced, caffeinated mentorship program to connect start-up and expanding entrepreneurs with expert advisors.

The full list of events and how to register can be found on the CIE website.

Recognized for its strong commitment to community and economic engagement, UNCW was awarded the national Innovative and Economic Prosperity University designation by the Association of Public Universities and Land Grants in 2022. The designation recognizes public research universities working with public and private sector partners. in their states and regions to support economic growth and vitality.

–Krissy Vick