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Diane Durance

Diane Durance became director of the UNC Wilmington Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a business accelerator for startups. Durance, 57, was president of MiQuest, a hub for entrepreneurs based in Lansing, Mich., and has worked with startup advisory groups for 10 years. With bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southern Methodist University, Durance replaces Jim Roberts, who left in March 2015 and started the nonprofit Network for Entrepreneurs in Wilmington and an angel investor network. Founded in 2009, the center’s previous tenants include beer and wine app developer Next Glass and medical-products manufacturer Dry Corp., Business North Carolina’s Small Business of the Year in 2013.

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