2024 Coastal Entrepreneur Awards

Applications for the 2024 Coastal Entrepreneur Awards are now open through March 5! Click here to nominate or apply.

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.


Wednesday, May 22, 2024
UNCW's Warwick Center

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

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

The winners will be featured in a special issue of Greater Wilmington Business Journal and honored at an awards ceremony on May 22nd at UNCW's Warwick Center.

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 see photos from the 2023 Coastal Entrepreneur Awards event!

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 event-related questions? Contact Jamie Merrill at [email protected]

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Event Discussion


Wednesday May 22, 2024

7:30 AM to 10:00 AM


UNCW's Warwick Center

629 Hamilton Dr.
Wilmington, NC 28403