A proposal put forth by the City of Wilmington in collaboration with the University of North Carolina Wilmington, New Hanover County, Marine Bio-Technologies Center of Innovation, the Town of Leland, Brunswick County, NC Biotech Center SE Office and Brunswick Community College, has been selected by North Carolina State’s Institute for Emerging Issues' economic development initiative InnovateNC.
InnovateNC is an intensive, two-year cross-city learning collaborative dedicated to fostering a creative innovative environment similar to Research Triangle Park. The City of Wilmington and the Carolina Coast will receive $250,000 to strengthen the region’s emerging innovation ecosystem in the marine and life sciences.
"UNCW has many assets that we'll be able to leverage through this grant and we're very excited about the opportunities this funding will provide," said Ron Vetter, associate provost for research and dean of UNCW's graduate school. "UNCW's Marine Biotechnology program, faculty, students, research and other facilities can play a vital role in further developing Wilmington's entrepreneurial ecosystem. We are looking forward to strengthening our relationships with partners in Wilmington and the surrounding communities."