The mission of NEW is to make the Wilmington region a more nurturing community for local startup entrepreneurs to improve and diversify the regional economy.
wilmington-postcardNEW holds free monthly events for a wide variety of entrepreneurs, investors, professional service providers, community supporters, students, recent graduates, Military Veterans considering entrepreneurship, recently relocated professionals and job seekers. Attendees from the Wilmington region included New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, Onslow and Craven Counties.
A strong entrepreneur support organization is focused on serving the needs of the entrepreneurs through educational events around sales and marketing, aligning mentor options, communications through curating a frequent newsletter and preparing the companies to attract capital with investor pitch training. Additional training is often required around the pursuit of local and federal grants.
Through NEW and previous work in the Wilmington region, founder Jim Roberts has helped entrepreneurs in a wide variety of industries from high tech mobile apps, software as a service (SAAS), medical devices, biotechnology, consumer products and more.

“When I established my company 5 years ago, I looked to my local community for resources without any success until my recent introduction to Jim Roberts. A few days after meeting Jim, the founder of N.E.W, he introduced me to people and companies that have provided me with much needed direction. The mention of Jim’s name during meetings offers immediate credibility because of his reputation. He consistently exceeds my expectations when locating resources that I need to solve issues and move my company forward. His kindness and enthusiasm motivates everyone to want to give time and mentor entrepreneurs who are striving to make a difference. In the 4 weeks since meeting Jim I have advanced further than I had in the past year on my own. Jim inspires me to “pay forward” the opportunities that I have been given when the time comes.”

Polly Harman

From the mountains to the sea, Jim Roberts has connected me with leaders and mentors across the wide variety of professions my business encompasses, gaining me access I’d have never had without his introduction. His events create opportunities to learn from industry insiders and network with local talent.  He’s an asset to our community’s entrepreneurs and an ally upon which I rely.

Steve Klem
Founder, Cape Fear Gear

Jim Roberts has been a tremendous catalyst to the startup community in Wilmington, NC. Through his tireless efforts connecting individuals, startups, entrepreneurs, and existing businesses, he has accelerated much of the growth and excitement for our business community, especially after forming NEW and WALE.  Without NEW and Jim’s personal efforts, my company Petrics, would not be where it is today.

Edward Hall
CEO, Petrics