Mentors

Diane Durance

Director, UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    Diane Durance is the Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. As an entrepreneur and business owner, she launched and grew three companies, including a telecommunications engineering firm, a marketing communications publishing company, and an angel-funded, Michigan-based residential construction business. Prior to relocating to North Carolina in June 2016, she was the president of MiQuest, an organization promoting entrepreneurship in Michigan through its initiatives that included competitions, publications, and events. Diane also supported entrepreneurship through volunteer positions as the executive director of Mi-Light, Michigan’s photonics industry association, and on the boards of New Enterprise Forum and the MTEC SmartZone. She was a chapter chair for the global Women Presidents’ Organization for six years. She began her work with entrepreneurs as the president of the Ann Arbor IT Zone in 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Public Administration, both from Southern Methodist University.