May 17, 2024

Vantaca’s Balancing Act

By Audrey Elsberry, posted May 17, 2024

Vantaca is stepping back into the public eye after flying under the radar for the past two years, CEO Ben Currin said. He said the intention to connect the company more publicly to the Wilmington community could attract more local talent as the software company takes on bigger challenges. Currin and his team set aggressive growth targets. He and the company’s foun ...

May 17, 2024

Info Junkie: Adam Isley

By Staff Reports, posted May 17, 2024

Adam Isley      Founder and CEO, Artemis Immersive Adam Isley is the founder of a spatial medtech applications and experiences company called Artemis Immersive. The Ocean Isle Beach-based startup aims to simplify health education and communications, enhance planning for invasive medical procedures and redefine informed consent.  Isley i ...

May 8, 2024

Wilmington IT Service Provider Acquired By National Firm

By Audrey Elsberry, posted May 8, 2024

Wilmington-based IT service provider Hook Systems was acquired by Dataprise, a national IT and cybersecurity service provider, according to a recent announcement.   Hooks Systems services 165 clients in the Southeast and has operated as an independent company since 1995, a news release stated. The company’s clients will remain under Hooks Systems’ manage ...

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A Public Service Profile on Strategically Addressing Our Community’s Needs

Posted May 3, 2024
New Hanover County is committed to providing those we serve with the programs and amenities that enhance and ensure a strong quality of life in our community. 
That statement often brings up the question: how? How does the county determine what to fund and offer for the betterment of our citizens? 
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May 3, 2024

Startups in Wilmington tend to have a love-hate relationship with the Triangle. Wilmington’s technology entrepreneur ecosystem benefits from its proximity to the Triangle, but its behemoth ecosystem dwarfs Wilmington's by comparison.    Tech talent and startups often leave Wilmington for the Triangle, among other cities, in search of more venture doll ...

Apr 29, 2024

As Artemis Immersive, a health tech startup out of Ocean Isle Beach, nears its first birthday, co-founder Adam Isley finds himself juggling developing his product and acting as a spokesperson for the company.   The company was founded in May 2023 by husband and wife, Isley and Kaylan Barbrey, and former health system executive Matthew Raffa. Working out of Ocean Isl ...

Apr 19, 2024

Bootstrapping A Remote Option

By Audrey Elsberry, posted Apr 19, 2024

Remote work seems an ever-present option in today’s post-pandemic, digital-first world. But for Michelle Penczak, a remote job was a necessity as a military spouse who was constantly moving. The year was 2015, before the rise of Zoom and work-from-home. Penczak’s job as an online personal assistant fell through when her employer went bankrupt. She needed to fin ...

Apr 15, 2024

Wilmington Tech Company Tapped For Federal Forestry Contract

By Audrey Elsberry, posted Apr 15, 2024

Wilmington-based geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) company Geo Owl was awarded a $70 million indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract with the United States Forest Service, the company announced last week. The contract ties Geo Owl’s geospatial services to research and development programs across the U.S. Forest Service’s 193 million acres of land in ...

Apr 4, 2024

The Leland Life Science and Medical Technology Summit captured industry the thoughts of local leaders and stakeholders on the latest in life sciences on Thursday during the first annual gathering hosted by the town of Leland. Individuals from education, government and industry sectors discussed the potential and pain points of the area’s life sciences industry. Th ...

Mar 15, 2024

Tech Upskilling Cohort To Host First Wilmington Class

By Audrey Elsberry, posted Mar 15, 2024

An organization using technology jobs to improve upward mobility is bringing its program to Wilmington. Charlotte-based Stiegler EdTech oversees multiple tech workforce programs, including its Careers in Technology Apprenticeship Cohort (CTAC), which will host its first group of about 42 Wilmingtonians this summer. The company takes a holistic approach to developing tec ...

Mar 15, 2024

Hacking Cyberdefense Shortage

By Audrey Elsberry, posted Mar 15, 2024

University of North Carolina Wilmington developed a self-sustaining ecosystem among its computer science and business schools, said Ulku Clark, director of the school’s Center for Cyber Defense Education. It started almost 20 years ago when Clark entered a group of students into a cyberdefense competition. The first year was a “learning experience,” sh ...

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