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Diane Durance

Director, UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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Diane Durance, MPA, is director of UNC Wilmington's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE). The CIE is a resource for the start-up and early-stage business community to help diversify the local economy with innovative so  

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Sep 16, 2020

Something In The Way You Walk

When you think about healthcare, you likely imagine nurses and physicians in hospitals and doctor’s offices. But the developers of SportGait found that those injured on the playing field would r ...

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Sep 2, 2020

All Hands On Deck For The Blue Economy

The Cape Fear Region is positioned to grow a world-class Blue Economy and add innovative bluetech ventures. UNCW CIE is collaborating with individuals, and public and private organizations, to make su ...

Education
Aug 18, 2020

Lapetus Solutions: The Face Of InsurTech

Instead of tea leaves or Tarot Cards, Lapetus Solutions uses proprietary algorithms and AI to predict your future – by reading your face.   It’s not for entertainment, it’s se ...

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Jul 29, 2020

The CIE: Distanced, Not Disengaged

Summer is often a more relaxed time of year for the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship – but, not this summer. We’re social distancing and out of the public eye with networkin ...

Education
Jul 7, 2020

Getting A Jump On Job Skills

Uncertainty continues with education this fall – in person, online, somewhere in between? K-12 back on schedule? Higher Ed on campus? But, amid the scramble of near-term decision making, there a ...

Education
Jun 8, 2020

The “Law Of Contrast” Propels Entrepreneurship

I wasn’t ready to say this a month ago, but now I’ll take the leap. Evidence is mounting that entrepreneurship is going to survive – and even thrive in the wake of the pandemic. Here ...

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May 27, 2020

Strategy 101 For Startups

In the face of uncertainty, it’s difficult to offer startups useful advice. And, yet, that’s our goal at the CIE. It’s tempting to fall back on ‘hang in there’, we’ ...

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Apr 16, 2020

NextGen Entrepreneurs Inspire Virtual YEPex Summit

Contributed by Laura Brogdon-Primavera, Manager of Programs and Operations at the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and founder of the YEPex Youth Summit. Laura has been with UNCW since ...

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Apr 3, 2020

The Risky World Of Startups

How does the coronavirus crisis impact early-stage startups? Many small businesses, particularly those in the personal services, restaurant, hospitality, and travel industries, have been hit hard. ...

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Mar 24, 2020

The Unstoppable Spirit Of Entrepreneurship

I saved a supplement from the Wall Street Journal from February 2009 titled, “So, You Want To Be an Entrepreneur”. I’m not exactly sure why I saved it, but I think it was because it ...

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Feb 25, 2020

Entrepreneurship 2020 - The Foundation For Growth

Sometimes it helps to remind ourselves why we need to foster startups and innovative new companies. One big reason – we simply can’t count on large corporations to create jobs. We need sta ...

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Feb 3, 2020

Encore Career – As An Entrepreneur

Who are today’s ambitious startup entrepreneurs? That answer is different than it was 20 years ago. Most startup entrepreneurs are still white and male, but the demographics of founders are beco ...

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Jan 8, 2020

Put Happy In The New Year

Engaged and happy people are the secret ingredient in every success story. Imagine an unhappy entrepreneur or employee setting the world on fire with a new idea and an enthusiastic team of followers & ...

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Dec 16, 2019

Purpose Is The Future Of Business Success

As 2019 winds down, expect a steady stream of predictions for the business climate in the coming year and decade. There’ll be exciting trends in technology, concerning forecasts on climate chang ...

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Dec 6, 2019

We All Win With Business Competitions

As you'd expect from someone that’s run business competitions, I'm a big fan. And I'm not alone. Not only have business plan competitions continued to thrive and proliferate — ...

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Oct 30, 2019

Masterstroke — the Art of Venture Creation

British venture capitalist, John Whatmore, is on a quest. He’s working to unearth the alchemy of creativity and use it to drive innovation and build the United Kingdom’s golden future. ...

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Oct 14, 2019

Connect with Resilient Coastal Living

Water, water everywhere…and more to come. Meet Jake Kheel, coastal development and sustainability expert, when Cucalorus Connect, the two-day innovation conference embedded in the Cucalorus ...

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Sep 30, 2019

A Closer Look at Innovations in Marine Science

There are many hidden gems at UNCW and the crown jewel of them all is the CREST Marine Science Campus. It’s where important marine biotech and marine science research is happening and new ventur ...

Education
Sep 23, 2019

Celebrating and Accelerating Minority and Women Entrepreneurs

What a great season! Cooler temperatures, football tailgates, and celebrations recognizing the successes of our minority- and women-owned businesses. Black Entrepreneurship Week was in September &ndas ...

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Sep 9, 2019

Show Me the Money! Opportunities for Early Stage Investment

Who can forget the 1996 film, Jerry Maguire, and its iconic phrase “Show me the money?" Early stage startup entrepreneurs have their own twist on that phrase. They’re saying, &ld ...

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Aug 5, 2019

Growing the Spirit of Entrepreneurship

The Spirit of Entrepreneurship has found a welcoming and supportive home in Wilmington. If you put your ear to the ground, you’ll hear interesting conversations about entrepreneurship all over t ...

Education
Jul 15, 2019

CIE Launches a Proven Program to Propel Startup Success

The UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) has unveiled a new mentor program designed to accelerate the success of local entrepreneurs. The program started nine months ago with a behind ...

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Jul 3, 2019

Quarterly Strategy Meetings Focus Your Business

This Insights article was contributed by Dave Haviland, CEO, Phimation Strategy Group. Feeling overwhelmed?  Looking for an antidote? A friend of mine had a saying he used with his kids: &n ...

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Jun 17, 2019

Entrepreneurs Tap into Generous Advice

The Cape Fear region has a new way to give and get business advice – by tapping into a pool of ‘givers’.   Adam Grant, renowned author, organizational psychologist, and Wharto ...

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Jun 1, 2019

Start with the Answer

This Insights article was contributed by William Mansfield, SVP of Product Innovation & Technology for Suzy, NYC and the founder of the local startup Social Haven. We play a game in our fa ...

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May 15, 2019

Grab Wilmington’s Best-Kept Talent Secret Before They Head Off to Bigger Dreams

This Insights article was contributed by Reid Wilson, Founder of Language Corpus, Inc. and (formerly) Quintify, Inc. When I was in high school (way back when), I worked at the local Harris Teeter w ...

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Mar 21, 2019

Selling Your Story: The Elevator Speech

This Insights article was contributed by Keith White, MA, Certified Life Coach When I started my coaching practice, I took a step backwards and asked myself, What is coaching?   I decided t ...

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Nov 9, 2018

Please and Thank You Go a Long Way

This Insights article was contributed by Pat Fontana, owner of WordsWorking. True story: I went through a fast food drive-through. While waiting at the window for my food – after a very p ...

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Oct 29, 2018

Cucalorus Connect Helps Highlight Area's Economic & Cultural Identity

This Insights article was contributed by Dan Brawley, executive director of Cucalorus Film Festival. When we first launched Cucalorus Connect five years ago, key players in the local startup ecosy ...

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Oct 17, 2018

Offshore America: Outsourcing While Onshoring

This Insights article was contributed by Wayne Hippo, Managing Partner of PS Solutions. Hiring programmers a world away has long been a desperate option for those looking to fill their need for te ...

Education
Jun 8, 2018

Understanding the AI Ladder

This Insights article was contributed by Mike Orr, Director of IT Services & Operations at Modoc Research Services  “For all the talk of machine learning and AI’s potential in th ...

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May 15, 2018

Time, Talent, Then Treasure: How Milestone-based Fundraising Puts Entrepreneurs First

This Insights article was contributed by Brendan Collins, Seahawk Innovation Partner and CEO of mimijumi Friends and family. Angel investors. Incubators. Series A. Convertible preferred stock. Liqu ...

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May 1, 2018

Big Bang Business Launch: Seven Tips for Laying the Groundwork

This Insights was contributed by Ann Revell-Pechar at Fluent PR You only get one chance at a first impression… For startups, launch can be a go/no-go, life-or-death situation. Do it right ...

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Apr 16, 2018

Crafting and Utilizing the Buyer Persona

This Insights article was contributed by Katelynn Watkins of Sage Island.   There’s an old adage that states you can’t know a person unless you’ve walked a mile in his or her ...

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Mar 1, 2018

Non-profit or Social Enterprise: Why it Matters

This Insights article was contributed by Katrina M. Harrell, President of KM Harrell Group. There is no denying that entrepreneurs are change agents in the world. We are able to identify opportu ...

Education
Feb 15, 2018

Three Tools to Make Your Startup Social Media Painless

This Insights article was contributed by Nikki Kroushl, Social Media and Content Manager at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The plight and power of the entrepreneur is that she wea ...

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Jan 8, 2018

New Year, New Entrepreneur: Three Opportunities for the Business-Minded in 2018

This post was contributed by Nikki Kroushl, CIE Social Media and Content Manager.  When someone asks you about your New Year's resolutions, what do you tell them?   Do you pull out a ...

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Dec 15, 2017

Confessions of a Modern-Day Office Computer

Welcome to Monday morning - power up the fluorescent lighting and percolating coffee pots. It’s 8:45 a.m. In a few short minutes the elevators will begin delivering loads of tired, stressed & ...

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Dec 1, 2017

WordPress vs. Wix: Which One is the Best? (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this article, Marc Mereyde of TiktoPlus discussed Wix vs. Wordpress in terms of the differences in user base, tools and service, and the need for coding skills. Part 2 compares the two pl ...

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Nov 14, 2017

Cucalorus Connect’s ‘Nuts And Bolts’ Of Grant Writing: What’s Your Why?

This Insights article was contributed by CIE’s David Morrison, and Althea Lewis with UNCW’s College of Health and Human Services.   Last week, Cucalorus Connect gave social entrepr ...

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Oct 27, 2017

WordPress Vs. Wix: Which One Is The Best? (Part 1)

This Insights article was contributed by Marc Mereyde of TiktoPlus. When it comes to building a website or blog, there are lots of decisions to be made.   You’ll need to decide what t ...

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Oct 2, 2017

Five Mind-Blowing Reasons Why Virtual Machines Could Revolutionize Your Business

This Insights article was contributed by Stan Martin at IT Works Since being widely adopted in the 1980s, computers have dramatically changed the way we do business. They forever transformed the wo ...

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Jun 30, 2017

Collaboration: Strength In A Diverse Workplace

This Insights article was contributed by Alex Fisher of Elite Innovations, LLC. Collaboration is the best way to work. It’s [the] only way to work really. Everyone’s there because they ...

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Jun 20, 2017

Bringing First-Class Mobile Apps To Small Communities

This Insights article was contributed by William Mansfield and Nikki Kroushl. We live in a world where 72 percent of smart phone users check their phones at least once per hour, and the average us ...

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May 30, 2017

Essential Strategies For Small Business App Development

This Insights article was contributed by William Mansfield and Nikki Kroushl. Any person developing - or hiring a developer for - an app should immediately be able to answer four questions: What a ...

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May 1, 2017

Software Contract Management: A Topic Every Growing Business Should Take Seriously

This Insights article was contributed by Alex Dale of Ward and Smith, PA. Now that your business has grown, have you read your software license agreements lately?  If you are like many small ...

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Apr 14, 2017

Benefits Of The MVC Framework In An Agile Development Environment

This Insights was contributed by DeVante Pickering, a UNCW senior and lead back-end developer for Uni-SPIRE. The Microsoft model-view-controller (MVC) framework is a software architectural pattern ...

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Apr 3, 2017

SSL Certificates And SEO

This Insights article was contributed by Marc Mereyde of TiktoPlus   It’s official - Google announced in September it will label websites containing passwords or credit card forms as &ldq ...

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Oct 18, 2016

The Secret To Success: Plan, Prioritize and Relax

At the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, we’re all about — you guessed it — innovation and entrepreneurs. In a high-energy startup ecosystem like ours, there is a consta ...

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Sep 26, 2016

Intern Becomes Entrepreneur Through CIE Support

Sarah Ritter came to UNCW knowing that she wanted to create a startup. The hardest part was figuring out what kind of startup, exactly, she wanted to create. She knew she wanted to work for herself ...

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Sep 13, 2016

Forum Highlights Entrepreneurs Committed To Social Change

This Insights was contributed by Nikki Kroushl, CIE's Social Media and Content Manager. Kroushl is a creative writing and communication studies major at UNC Wilmington and copy editor of the stude ...

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