Mar 27, 2020

NC IDEA Foundation Starts Accepting Donations For Grants

By Johanna Cano, posted Mar 27, 2020

NC IDEA Foundation is now accepting donations to fund its entrepreneurship grant programs, according to an announcement Friday. “Now more than ever, the need is greater and simply beyond our capacity to fill alone,” Thom Ruhe, NC IDEA CEO and president said in the release. “Entrepreneurs throughout North Carolina need assistance if together we are to p ...

Mar 12, 2020

Four Wilmington companies are the finalists of the inaugural NC BIONEER Venture Challenge aimed at enhancing life sciences and biotechnology business ventures in the region, according to an announcement Thursday. Accugenomics, Electronic Lab Logs, IndiOmics and Isosceles Pharmaceuticals were selected to participate in a two-month process of “intense mentoring ...

Mar 6, 2020

Spotlighting This Year's MADE Awards

By Vicky Janowski, posted Mar 6, 2020

In the fifth year of our MADE Awards competition, the winners covered a wide range of products being conceived and produced in the local market.   The Greater Wilmington Business Journal launched the MADE Awards to spotlight makers, manufacturers, artisans, designers, small businesses and the business that support them in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties. ...

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Diane Durance
UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Risky World Of Startups

Posted Apr 3, 2020
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. The younger, more fragile firms in those industries will struggle to get back on track.
But what about even earlier-stage ventures? Many of the entrepreneurs we work w...read entire article
Mar 6, 2020

MADE Winners - Manufacturer Category

By Staff Reports, posted Mar 6, 2020

American Hammer americanhammer.com Year founded: 1952 Number of employees: 10 Top official: Ted Leitter, president/ CEO Company description: The largest U.S. manufacturer of hand-held industrial hammers Target market: Automotive, aerospace, agriculture, manufacturing, mining, military, municipal, MRO US steel, nuclear power, oil and gas and the plastic indust ...

Mar 6, 2020

MADE Winners - Exporter Category

By Staff Reports, posted Mar 6, 2020

Cygnus Technologies cygnustechnologies.com Year founded: 1997   Number of employees: 40   Top official: Christine Dolan, COO   Company description: Develops and deliver products, analytics and technical expertise in bioprocess impurity detection to ensure drug safety   Target market: Global biopharmaceutical, bioprocessing, cell and gene the ...

Mar 6, 2020

MADE Winners - Functional Products Category

By Staff Reports, posted Mar 6, 2020

Grunt Tough Inc. GruntTough.com   Year founded: 2019   Number of employees: 4   Top official: Brandon Noel, president/CEO   Company description: A software and manufacturing company that is a VA-certified, service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB)   Target market: 5G and satellite installation and equipment providers   ...

Mar 6, 2020

MADE Winners - Arts Category

By Staff Reports, posted Mar 6, 2020

EBBING Branding + Design ebbingbranding.com   Year founded: 2017   Number of employees: 5   Top official: Matt Ebbing, founder and chief creative director   Company description: Creative agency that “helps develop, evolve and grow great brands. The agency provides diverse strategy, graphic design, content, illustration and advertising s ...

Mar 6, 2020

MADE Winners - Food & Beverage Category

By Staff Reports, posted Mar 6, 2020

Blue Shark Vodka bluesharkvodka.com Year founded: 2019   Number of employees: 5   Top official: Mark Bloomquist, founder   Company description: A family-owned and operated vodka company based out of Wrightsville Beach   Target market: “Adults (21+) with an affinity for an exceptionally smooth tasting spirit.”   Company growt ...

Mar 6, 2020

MADE Winners - Supporter Category

By Staff Reports, posted Mar 6, 2020

theArtWorks theartworks.co Year founded: 2013   Number of employees: 2   Top officials: Jim Knowles, managing director, and Betsy Knowles, CFO   Company description: “An art epicenter, where there are working studios, a fine art gallery, a gift shop, event space, meeting rooms, classrooms and art classes.” The facility is 38,000 square ...

Feb 24, 2020

Next Glass Acquires BeerAdvocate Assets, Including Website

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Feb 24, 2020

Wilmington-based Next Glass, which owns the Untappd app, has acquired some assets of BeerAdvocate, including its website. ​BeerAdvocate, one of the early resources for craft beer aficionados before breweries boomed, will join Untappd under the Next Glass corporate umbrella. But both Untappd and BeerAdvocate will "maintain their own distinct and separate platforms a ...

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