Mission

The Seahawk Innovation story began in 2013 when our co-founders, Tom Looney and Tobin Geatz, approached the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) in an effort to forge a public-private partnership that would enrich the University and local community.  The resulting partnership has been a tremendous opportunity to provide value to Seahawk Innovation’s partners, clients, and companies while building Wilmington’s local innovation economy.

Through basing our offices in UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) in 2013, our founders have successfully integrated their individual efforts into a collective organization that has become much greater than the sum of its parts.  As a result, the CIE is now rapidly evolving into a whirlwind of startups and deals that are revolutionizing the Wilmington innovation economy.  

At Seahawk Innovation, we realize the lines are often blurred between M & A, funding, and consulting. As a result, we’ve created a unified approach to delivering this suite of services. Whether we’re working alongside one of our own companies or executing an acquisition deal, we never lose sight of our overarching vision to facilitate progress at every stage of the company life cycle.

Buy / Sell Advisory Services

Buy / Sell Advisory Services

As you consider buying another business or selling your own, our team has partnerships with some of the Southeast’s most experienced investment banking professionals and can help you at every stage of this often complicated and time consuming process.

There’s a delicate balance between risk and reward when buying or selling a business. Our experienced team will thoroughly analyze your deal and advise you throughout the process. Services include targeted searches, due diligence, deal structure, and negotiation.

Transaction Readiness Process

Transaction Readiness Process

The most valuable businesses are the ones that are easy to understand and have the lowest barriers to purchase by sophisticated buyers. Our principals immerse themselves into your business to create a selling thesis with your needs at top-of-mind. This ensures that the transaction happens rapidly!

Capital Raising

Capital Raising

Seahawk has access to capital for all stages of the business cycle. Its principals work closely with management to evaluate the need for debt or equity and to source it from the most advantageous funders.

Buy Side Searches

Buy Side Searches

Seahawk maintains access to the latest databases in order to help Private Equity Groups and Individual Investors find and complete transactions that meet their unique requirements.

Valuation Services

Valuation Services

Our methodology will help you understand the value of your business and provide you with a roadmap to increase value and improve your business exit marketability.

When Seahawk Innovation Fund is an investor, we will help our portfolio companies be positioned to achieve optimal valuation in preparation for exits.

 

Seahawk Innovation Advisory Services

We provide solutions for every stage of the company life cycle ranging from launch to exit. With our team of consultants including former CEOs, successful entrepreneurs, and subject matter experts, we are well-equipped to provide a well-rounded suite of advisory solutions.

  • Business Process Engineering- needs analysis, business systems integration, efficiency analysis
  • Executive Coaching- professional and personal development, building team loyalty, implementing accountability programs
  • Exit Planning- business valuation, raising capital, exit transaction support
  • Human Resources- talent management, performance management, succession planning
  • IT Management- IT strategy, device, execution
  • Marketing- market research, product differentiation, marketing plan
  • Sales Coaching & Training- sales process, lead generation, building a referral-based business

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