UNCW Entrepreneurship Center NewsletterJune 2011

As the twenty-four undergraduate entrepreneurship and business development majors received their bachelor of science degrees on May 14th in UNCW's Trask Coliseum, it provided an opportunity to celebrate the fifth graduating class of entrepreneurship students since the program's inception in 2006. And to appreciate how unique, motivated, and creatively minded these students are and how entrepreneurship has become one of the fastest growing majors at UNCW. 

One needs look no further than Heather Bailey who upon graduating in 2008 sailed around the world as a lead crew member aboard a luxury yacht. Or Nathan Snell who in 2009 joined a hi-growth startup, then subsequently started his own software company, and who now leads technology efforts at a well known and successful bank. Or Robbie Paul who calls New Zealand home and has become the Startup Funding Manager at the International Center for Entrepreneurship in NZ. Or Emily Nolan who took on a marketing and sales role at Condé Nast and is also the Director of the Beck Family Foundation.

It is these inspiring stories that remind us why education and entrepreneurship are so important to our future, and why those two components come together at UNCW, the Cameron School of Business and through the Entrepreneurship Center. For it is our entrepreneurship community that provides internship opportunities, helps mentor students, shares their entrepreneurial stories as guest speakers in the classroom, acts as judges at the business-plan competition and student rocket-pitch event, and helps finance scholarships and grants. So thank you to everyone who supports our students and to those involved in helping our future entrepreneurial leaders.

Sincerely, Jonathan Rowe
In The June Newsletter
E2 America Named Entrepreneur of the Year
Entrepreneurial Grill-Out Returns June 15th
Economic Development Series Unveiled
E2 Named Entrepreneur of the Year
CEA Awards 2011

Efficient Energy America (E2) received the prestigious 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year Award for their innovative energy-saving technology for HVAC systems. The award was announced Friday, May 20, as part of the annual Coastal Entrepreneur Awards event at UNCW.


The awards, hosted by the Entrepreneurship Center in partnership with the Greater Wilmington Business Journal, recognize southeastern North Carolina's most promising regional businesses. Ten category winners are selected for the event in which judges are then asked to consider which business they would choose to invest in when selecting the Entrepreneur of the Year. "We are really excited about our business," said E2 CEO Dara O'Neil, "But I was blown away by the quality of the other winners." E2 is projected to generate $10 million in revenue this year.


The ten winners included Glide Bikes, Manufacturing Methods, WellCare, Cape Fear Rainwater Solutions, Advanced Maintenance, LINC, Efficient Energy America, Frank Deals, Flow Sciences and Custom Fit Meals.  

Entrepreneurial Grill-Out on June 15th

GrilleWarm summer evenings, hot dogs, hamburgers, sweet tea, beer and.........................entrepreneurship all make for a great evening at the second annual "Entrepreneurial Grill-Out" on June 15th (Wednesday) from 5:30 - 7:30pm on the CIS Building Patio, UNCW Campus. Enjoy an opportunity to relax and get know your fellow Entrepreneurship Center members at this fun summer event, and have a chance to win some special prizes while playing entrepreneur trivia.

Registration is Required 

Economic Development Series Unveiled

UNCW and the City of Wilmington have collaborated to create a six-episodeecondevseries video series on economic

development efforts in and around

the Cape Fear region. More than 20

state and local government and

private sector business leaders,

ranging from the North Carolina

Lieutenant Governor to small

business owners, took part in the  

series hosted by Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo. Entrepreneurship Center director, Jonathan Rowe, serves as a panelist in Episode #5 and local entrepreneurs are highlighted in Episode #6. The episodes will air on Tuesday's and Friday's at 7pm on Time Warner Channel 5 and Charter Cable Channel 12. Episodes can also be found online at: www.uncw.edu/economicdiscussions 

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Student Business Plan Competition Winner
Rob Goodin
Rob Goodin came to UNCW from Charlotte as a highly motivated and driven student. He left UNCW as the winner of the 5th Annual CSB Student Business Plan Competition, Runner-Up in the Student Rocket Pitch Event, and recipient of the 2011 Beck Family Scholarship as the most outstanding Entrepreneurship student at UNCW. Rob is currently interning at Castle Branch where he is honing his business skills under the tutelage of founder Brett Martin. Rob also holds the impressive distinction of receiving the highest LSAT score ever for a UNCW student and is considering Duke University and the University of Texas Law Schools as future career opportunities.

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Designed specifically for high school students, Enov8t is a week-long program (June 20th - 24th, 9am - 4pm) that teaches entrepreneurship and what it takes to start a business. The week begins with outdoor leadership and team building activities at UNCW's famed ropes course and wraps up when students present their business concepts at their own special rocket pitch event. Students will learn from top UNCW faculty and area entrepreneurs. Limited to 20 students, the cost for the entire program is $250. Register your son or daughter now for this amazing experience.

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Entrepreneurial Statistic: According to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship 2/3 of all inventions come from entrepreneurs versus 1/3 that come from corporations and government.