2021 Coastal Entrepreneur Awards

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 winners will be featured in a special issue of Greater Wilmington Business Journal and honored at an awards ceremony. Click here to see the Business Journal issue featuring the 2020 award winners. 

You can apply on behalf of your company or non-profit as well as nominate others. Apply today!

The application deadline is March 8


Organizations based in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties are eligible for the awards.

A group of community representatives selects the winners using two criteria — Is this organization entrepreneurial? If I had $100,000 to invest, which company would I invest in? For non-profits, the standard is which has the most community impact.

Here are the award categories:

  • Biotechnology
  • Emerging Company (A firm in any industry with three or less employees and less than two years old.)
  • Film
  • Health Care
  • Internet-Related Business
  • Manufacturing & Distribution
  • Minority-Owned Business (A company that is an MBE, minority business enterprise. Click here to see the requirements.)
  • Nonprofit
  • Professional Services
  • Retail & Hospitality
  • Technology


Click here to fill out the nomination form.

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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Monday Feb 8, 2021