2023 Coastal Entrepreneur Awards


Coastal Entrepreneur Awards recognizes up-and-coming ventures in our region as well as established companies that keep innovating.

The Coastal Entrepreneur Awards 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.

2023 applications/nominations will open February 6

Click here to read more about each of our 2022 category winners in our special Coastal Entrepreneur Awards issue of the Business Journal.

Click here to read about the 2022 CEA Chamber Of Commerce Winners, also featured in the Business Journal.

The 2022 Coastal Entrepreneur Award winners are:

• Biotechnology: Renaissance Fiber
• Emerging Company: Portrett Pharmaceuticals

• Film: Honey Head Films
• Health Care: Clarity Counseling
• Health Care: MyPeriodPal
• Manufacturing & Distribution: NC Lumber & Supply
• Minority-Owned Business: Elaborate Outings - Luxury Picnics

• Nonprofit: Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Center
• Retail & Hospitality: Clean Eatz
• Professional Services: Cape Fear Solar Systems
• Technology: Apiture

Companies and nonprofits in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties are eligible for the awards.

For sponsorship information, contact [email protected] or (910) 343-8600 x212.

Have questions? Contact Elizabeth Stelzenmuller at [email protected] or (910) 508-5723.

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Wednesday May 31, 2023

7:30 AM to 10:00 AM


UNCW's Burney Center

Union Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403