2023 Coastal Entrepreneur Awards


Thank you for attending the 2023 Coastal Entrepreneur Awards!

Applications for next year's Awards will open in February 2024.

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

The Coastal Entrepreneur Awards 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.

Click here to see photos from the 2023 Coastal Entrepreneur Awards event!
Check out the Category Winner videos below:

Film: Dark Horse Studios
Manufacturing & Distribution: The Wall Printer
Minority-Owned: Perfect Touch Rental
Minority-Owned: On Thyme Catering
Nonprofit: Share the Table
Professional Services: Essential Personnel
Real Estate: Parastream Development
Hospitality: Burrito Shak
Hospitality: Boombalatti’s
Services: The Coastal Succulent
Technology: Ohanafy
Overall Winner: The Wall Printer

Congratulations to our 2023 Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year, The Wall Printer!

The 2023 Coastal Entrepreneur Award winners are:

• Film: Dark Horse Studios
• Manufacturing & Distribution: The Wall Printer
• Minority-Owned: Perfect Touch Rental & On Thyme Catering
• Nonprofit: Share the Table
• Professional Services: Essential Personnel
• Real Estate: Parastream Development
• Hospitality: Burrito Shak & Boombalatti’s
• Services: The Coastal Succulent
• Technology: Ohanafy

Companies and nonprofits in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties are eligible for the awards.

Click here to read more about each of our 2023 category winners in our special Coastal Entrepreneur Awards issue of the Business Journal.

Click here to read about the 2023 CEA Chamber Of Commerce Winners, also featured in the Business Journal.

For sponsorship information, contact [email protected] or (910) 343-8600 x212.

Have questions? Contact Jamie Merrill at [email protected] 

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Wednesday May 31, 2023

7:30 AM to 10:00 AM


UNCW's Burney Center

4941 Riegel Road
Wilmington, NC 28403