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501 Nutt Street, Wilmington, NC 28401, USA

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The inaugural Coastal Connect Entrepreneur and Capital Conference on Thursday, September 4th is this region's effort to grow the innovation economy in southeastern North Carolina. This conference will not only be informative but also serve as a celebration of UNC Wilmington's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE). With a broad lineup of keynote speakers and impressive panelists, we hope to attract the local and regional entrepreneurs in technology, innovation and life sciences from around North Carolina and surrounding states. Topics will include investment capital, company growth, and how to set up a company for an exit event, such as an acquisition or IPO. There will be breakout sessions for attendees who want to work on prototyping, life sciences and technology such as software and app development. Included in the conference will be time for one-on-one partnering sessions where attendees can sign up to meet the VIP speakers. We are proud to announce our opening morning keynote session, a conversation between Hugh Forrest, founding Executive Director of the South by Southwest Interactive Conference in Austin, TX, and journalist Laura Baverman, of USA Today and Exit Event, an online technology news and events organization in Durham. Hugh Forrest was named by Time Magazine as one of the Game Changers in 2011. South by Southwest Interactive is now the largest section of the huge South by Southwest Festival. Some of the largest tech companies in the world have launched at SxSWI such as Twitter and FourSquare. Austin has become one of the top ten technology hubs in the United States and competes with Silicon Valley and Boston to land new innovative companies and expansions with companies such as Google and Apple. We are extremely proud to bring this conference to Wilmington, but we need you to have a sense of ownership and be proud to invite your business colleagues from outside of the region to show them what we are building in North Carolina within our beautiful city. We hope you will encourage your friends to not only attend this conference on a Thursday but also invite your friends to spend the weekend enjoying downtown, the river and the beaches. We are intentionally keeping the cost low for this full one-day event with evening reception. Please consider registering now and please forward this invitation to your business contacts. Location: Coastline Convention Center, 501 Nutt St. Wilmington, NC 28401 Date: September 4, 2014 Time: 7:30am-6pm 7:30am doors open/continental breakfast 9am Keynote Speaker, Hugh Forrest moderated by Laura Baverman 10 and 11am Three Concurrent Breakout Sessions 12pm Lunch Keynote, Starting with the End in Mind 1:30pm Group Session, New Innovation in Mature Industries 2:30pm Group Session, The Future of CIE 4pm Reception and Deck Party with Eric Gregg, Tech Journal South Registration: $50 per person through Aug. 10--$75 from August 11-August 30th and $100 August 31 till noon on September 2 Pre-registration is required. Registration closes at noon on Tuesday, September 2. UNCW Students may attend at no cost by calling 910-962-3195 to register. No day-of registrations will be accepted. Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be applied in the event of a cancellation.