Cucalorus Connect is a business conference whose events span 5 days, November 9-13, 2016, in downtown Wilmington, NC presented by the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Connect brings leaders from prominent NC industries together to cultivate meaningful relationships driven by creativity and innovation. It explores industries like marine sciences, healthcare, film production, financial services, and others through the lens of technology and education. Connect serves as a catalyst for economic development by showcasing the unique assets that make the city of Wilmington, NC an ideal location to launch and grow a new business. The Connect conference provides thought-leaders, aspiring entrepreneurs, students and community partners a platform to cultivate powerful relationships across entrepreneurial communities.
Connect broadens access to talent, investment and networks to inspire existing and future entrepreneurial efforts; transforming great ideas into scalable and impactful business.
Connect includes more than 40 events including workshops, panels, keynotes and social events taking place along the walkable streets of historic downtown Wilmington. Some of these events include the 10x10 Challenge - an initiative that brings start-ups and filmmakers together to make a promo video in less than 5 days.
Or Port City Pitches, which offers start-ups a chance to earn initial funding to launch new ideas into the marketplace. This year, a cash prize will be awarded to the best Port City Pitch thanks to the Blake and Bailey Family Fund.