WILMINGTON, N.C. – UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) will host the inaugural Coastal Connect Entrepreneur and Capital Conference (CCECC) on Sept. 4 for entrepreneurial leaders and investors from the Southeastern region.

Innovators, creators and budding entrepreneurs who register for the all-day event also will have an opportunity to participate in a “riverside chat” featuring SXSW Interactive Festival Director and TIME magazine’s 2011 Game Changer of the Year Hugh Forrest.

“Over the past year we’ve been able to help create and foster strong relationships for the Wilmington business community,” said CIE Executive Director Jim Roberts. “We’re thrilled to offer another exciting event on a larger scale with the Coastal Connect Entrepreneur and Capital Conference. Attendees will have a unique opportunity to learn from some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the southeast and meet with investors who are looking for the next big thing,”

The CIE is partnering with the Greater Wilmington Business Journal and the North Carolina Technology Association for the CCECC. The event will take place at the Coastline Convention Center. Seating is limited and registration is open now.

Tickets can be purchased for a limited time for just $50. Beginning Aug. 11, tickets will be $75 and the week of the event they will be available for $100.

Since opening its doors in September of last year, the CIE has hosted many forums and events, including Rocket Pitch, which has played a role in helping CIE startups secure equity financing. During this time, the CIE has also become home to 21 startups and three organizations, which have created dozens of jobs and internships.