2021 Coastal Entrepreneur Awards

Congratulations to all of 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.

Coastal Entreprenur of the Year: Topsail Steamer
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.


Click here to read about the 2021 CEA Chamber Of Commerce Winners, also featured in the May 7 issue of the Business Journal.

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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Event Discussion


Friday Aug 6, 2021

7:30 AM to 10:00 AM


UNCW Burney Center

601 S. College Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28403