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Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Greenville SEED@ECU

Support for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (SEED) provides inexpensive, turnkey office space to entrepreneurs and start-up businesses. At SEED, you can test new ideas, learn from your peers as well as experienced business professionals, and attract investment capital for your business. SEED participants have access to co-working areas with eight cubicles, several single offices, a common area for collaboration, a large conference room, an auditorium, and a business center. Wi-Fi and access to the ECU library are also included. SEED regularly hosts networking and educational events.

SEED is located at the ECU Willis Center (300 E. 1st St). Re-launched as Greenville SEED@ECU, the program is a collaborative partnership between ECU’s Office of Innovation and Economic Development, the City of Greenville, and the Greenville-Pitt Chamber of Commerce.

Office of Innovation and Economic Development
Located in the Willis Building at East Carolina University
Phone: 252-757-1351 

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Small Business Plan Competition

The Business Plan Competition provides an economic incentive to small business owners and other entrepreneurs both from within and without the redevelopment areas to create or expand small business enterprises and create jobs within the bounds of the Center City – West Greenville Redevelopment Areas (see: map). Grant awards are typically for $15,000, which can be used toward working capital or operating funds, equipment purchases, improvements to owner occupied property, leasehold improvements, expansion of business services or products, or other uses in a business plan.

If you have an idea for locating, relocating, or expanding business in Greenville's urban core, consider applying to this program. For more information, call 252-329-4111​​.

Program Guidelines and Application Form (pdf)

Summer 2017 Pre-grant Meeting: May 1, 2017
Summer 2017 Grant Cycle Deadline: July 1, 2017