Jun 24, 2024

UmbrellaAI, a platform created by Wilmington-based Equal Access Carriers, is exploring new uses for its StructuralAI model following input from students at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. As part of a capstone project, about 60 MBA students evaluated the most “attractive go-to-market opportunities” of StructuralAI, a model that ...

Jun 21, 2024

Startups Weigh Local Support

By Audrey Elsberry, posted Jun 21, 2024

As Wilmington’s population continues to swell, some entrepreneurs moving to the area are bringing their startups with them, and other new residents are starting up their businesses upon arrival. But what do these Wilmington newcomers moving for quality of life and proximity to the beach think of the area through a technological and entrepreneurial lens? Christy ...

Jun 3, 2024

After a successful run last year, Wilmington will be the backdrop for a three-day international cybersecurity conference at the Wilmington Convention Center beginning Tuesday.   The Techno Security & Digital Forensics Conference is a comprehensive gathering of cybersecurity professionals from the public and private sectors. This year marks the conference’s ...

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UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

So, You Have an Idea for an Amazing, Life-Changing Company... Now What?

Posted Apr 26, 2024
This article was contributed by Lydia Thomas, UNCW CIE Program Manager.

Unfortunately, most entrepreneurs don’t wake up one day with a lightbulb, game changing idea. Maybe a few do, but more often than not, aspiring entire article
May 24, 2024

If you had the chance to help diagnose sepsis, save stored human cells from dying in cryogenic tanks or measure brain data with just a pillowcase, which would you pick?   These are the missions of the three local companies that vied Thursday night for a $20,000 prize and the chance to compete for $100,000 in the North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s NC Biotech ...

May 17, 2024

Vantaca’s Balancing Act

By Audrey Elsberry, posted May 17, 2024

Vantaca is stepping back into the public eye after flying under the radar for the past two years, CEO Ben Currin said. He said the intention to connect the company more publicly to the Wilmington community could attract more local talent as the software company takes on bigger challenges. Currin and his team set aggressive growth targets. He and the company’s foun ...

May 17, 2024

Info Junkie: Adam Isley

By Staff Reports, posted May 17, 2024

Adam Isley      Founder and CEO, Artemis Immersive Adam Isley is the founder of a spatial medtech applications and experiences company called Artemis Immersive. The Ocean Isle Beach-based startup aims to simplify health education and communications, enhance planning for invasive medical procedures and redefine informed consent.  Isley i ...

May 8, 2024

Wilmington IT Service Provider Acquired By National Firm

By Audrey Elsberry, posted May 8, 2024

Wilmington-based IT service provider Hook Systems was acquired by Dataprise, a national IT and cybersecurity service provider, according to a recent announcement.   Hooks Systems services 165 clients in the Southeast and has operated as an independent company since 1995, a news release stated. The company’s clients will remain under Hooks Systems’ manage ...

May 3, 2024

Startups in Wilmington tend to have a love-hate relationship with the Triangle. Wilmington’s technology entrepreneur ecosystem benefits from its proximity to the Triangle, but its behemoth ecosystem dwarfs Wilmington's by comparison.    Tech talent and startups often leave Wilmington for the Triangle, among other cities, in search of more venture doll ...

Apr 29, 2024

As Artemis Immersive, a health tech startup out of Ocean Isle Beach, nears its first birthday, co-founder Adam Isley finds himself juggling developing his product and acting as a spokesperson for the company.   The company was founded in May 2023 by husband and wife, Isley and Kaylan Barbrey, and former health system executive Matthew Raffa. Working out of Ocean Isl ...

Apr 19, 2024

Bootstrapping A Remote Option

By Audrey Elsberry, posted Apr 19, 2024

Remote work seems an ever-present option in today’s post-pandemic, digital-first world. But for Michelle Penczak, a remote job was a necessity as a military spouse who was constantly moving. The year was 2015, before the rise of Zoom and work-from-home. Penczak’s job as an online personal assistant fell through when her employer went bankrupt. She needed to fin ...

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