2021 Coastal Entrepreneur Awards

We're proud to announce the 2021 Coastal Entrepreneur Award winners!

Coastal Entrepreneur Awards recognizes up-and-coming ventures in our region as well as established companies that keep innovating.

The CEA's are a joint effort of UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Greater Wilmington Business Journal to shine a spotlight on entrepreneurs in the Cape Fear region.

The 2021 Coastal Entrepreneur Award winners are:
• Biotechnology: SeaTox Research Inc.
• Emerging Company: SmartFox Technologies
• Film: Blue Roll LLC
• Health Care: OpiAID
• Internet-Related Business: Hybrid Athlete Foundation
• Manufacturing & Distribution: SOS Life Sciences Corp.
• Minority-Owned Business: MeMa’s Chick’n & Ribs
• Nonprofit: Pender County Christian Services
• Retail & Hospitality: Topsail Steamer
• Professional Services: Genesis Block
• Technology: Vantaca

Click here to read more about each of our category winners in our special Coastal Entrepreneur Awards section in the May 7 issue of the Business Journal.

An event to highlight the category winners as well as to name the 2021 Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year will take place later this year. A special edition of the Business Journal on May 7 will profile the winning organizations and entrepreneurs.

For sponsorship information, contact VP of Sales, Maggi Apel at [email protected] or (910) 343-8600 x203

Have questions? Contact Elizabeth Stelzenmuller at [email protected] or (910) 508-5723.

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Friday May 7, 2021

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM