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 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

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. 

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