Entrepreneurship Week 2017

Cucalorus Connect    

October 30 - November 10, 2017

Sponsored by
Beck Foundation 
and CSB logo

Open and free to all UNCW students but seating is limited. Students must pre-register for certain events. Attendance verification vouchers will be provided for most of the events.






October 30

4:00 - 5:00 pm

“The Artist as Entrepreneur”
Speaker: Sean Ruttkay, Founder of EDA Surf 

Limited seating - register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-artist-as-entrepreneur-tickets-37064548061

CIS 1008

October 31


5:00 - 5:50 pm

The Trials and Tribulations of an Inventrepreneur
Speaker: Andrew Williams – Founder of Elite Innovations

Limited seating - register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tuesdays-speaker-tickets-37071182906

CH 212

6:30 - 8:30 pm

Entrepreneurship Film: "Generation Startup”

GENERATION STARTUP takes viewers to the front lines of entrepreneurship in America, capturing the struggles and triumphs of six recent college graduates who put everything on the line to build startups in Detroit.

Sponsored by UNCW’s Entrepreneurship Club

Limited seating - register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entrepreneurship-film-generation-startup-tickets-37071425632

CIS 1008

November 1



9:00 - 11:00 am

Entrepreneur Video series

9:00 - 9:25 am: Howard Schultz, Star of Starbucks
Limited seating - register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entrepreneurship-video-series-howard-schultz-profile-as-ceo-of-starbucks-tickets-37074049480

9:30 - 9:50 am: Jeff Bezos, Nerd of Amazon.com
Limited seating - register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entrepreneurship-video-series-jeff-bezos-founder-of-amazoncom-tickets-37073796724

10:00 - 11:00 am: Steve Jobs: One Last Thing
Limited seating - register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entrepreneurship-video-series-steve-jobs-tickets-37074234032

CH 104

12:00 - 1:15 pm

Entrepreneur’s Roundtable Luncheon

(invitation only)

CH 104

4:00 - 5:15 pm

Keynote Presentation

Speaker: Todd John - CEO of PlayerSpace
"Entrepreneurship - What It Takes: The PLAYERSPACE Journey"
Winner of the 2017 Coastal Entrepreneur Award

Co-sponsored by UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Limited seating - register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entrepreneurship-week-keynote-speaker-tickets-37072556013

Lumina Theater

November 2

5:00 - 6:00 pm

“For Entrepreneurs, the Only Constant is Change”

Speaker: Kristen Beckmeyer Spetrino, founder of Topsee Tulip Frosting and co-founder of Coastal Cupcakes

Limited seating - register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/thursday-speaker-tickets-37072150801

CH 212

November 3

9:00 - 9:45 am

Seminar: How to Start Your Own Business

Limited seating - register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-start-your-own-business-seminar-tickets-37071925126

CH 133

10:00 - 10:45 am

Seminar: How to Start Your Own Business

Limited seating - register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seminar-on-how-start-your-own-business-tickets-37071998345

CH 133

11:00 - 11:45 am

“Social Entrepreneurship in Action: Profile of Paws4People”

Speaker: Kyria Henry, Founder and Executive Director

Limited seating - register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-entrepreneurship-in-action-profile-of-paws4people-tickets-37071629241

CH 133

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Entrepreneurship Case Competition

(Only open to the competing teams)

CH 104

November 6

7:00 - 9:00 pm

UNCW “Innovation Concept” Pitch Competition


The application deadline for students to apply is October 17.

Master Sponsor:


Supporting Sponsor:

Elite Innovations

CH 105

Cucalorus Connect

Cucalorus Connect is part of the Cucalorus Festival. http://www.cucalorus.org

Cucalorus Connect is a two-day “experience” that focuses on “digital transformation” as it applies to innovation, technology, entrepreneurship and commerce.

The schedule, as well as registration, can be found at: http://www.cucalorus.org/festival/connect

November 9

Cucalorus Connect Events - at the Cape Fear Community College Campus

November 10

Cucalorus Connect Events - at the Cape Fear Community College Campus


Dr. Steve Harper
Progress Energy/Betty Cameron Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship

Individuals who may need additional accommodation should contact Steve Harper at least 72 hours prior to the event. UNCW is an EEO/AA institution. All events are open to students, faculty and staff unless noted.