Genesis Block is proud to serve the community in our efforts to build the entrepreneur class block by block. We believe productive change can only come through collaboration so we build small business networks that form the foundation necessary to build the entrepreneur class.


Genesis Block is designed to encourage community connections. Being connected to a community can be a positive influence on our personal and professional lives and our focus is to create an environment that builds community.


Collaboration is humans working together and the benefits are limitless. Genesis Block promotes collaboration over competition enabling a community and work environment full of friendship, camaraderie, and cooperation.


Create with the heart. Build with the Mind. Central to our core values at Genesis Block is designing an environment that inspires creativity.  Our community spaces nurture creativity and productivity that encourage that next BIG idea.

Building small businesses to build stronger communities

The Founders

Girard Newkirk is a technology entrepreneur Founder and CEO of KWHCoin and Genesis Block..

Girard is a native of Pender County and moved back to the Wilmington area by way of San Jose, California in November of 2018 with a mission to bring technology and entrepreneurship to his native community.

In 2019, KWHCoin won the Coastal Entrepreneur Awards Emerging Company for the company’s work on combining renewable energy and technology. He serves on the boards of the Cape Fear Economic Development Committee, Cape Fear Collective, and Cape Fear Community College Information Technology Committee.

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What Our

Members Say.

“CFC and Genesis Block have a lot of mission alignment. Both organizations are trying to build a movement at the intersection of innovation, equity, and the lived experience. Partnering with Genesis Block allowed us to join an ecosystem we believed in that is led by entrepreneurs like Girard and Tracey who we could count on and who would make us better stewards of our work. We're excited to work alongside other Genesis Block members and benefiting from their passion and energy.”
Patrick Brien CEO of Cape Fear Collective
"Genesis Block is the place where ”potential meets opportunity”. The opportunity to learn new skills, perfect current skills and gain support as it relates to creating and building your business ”one block at a time” is there. Genesis Block is the place to be to meet all of your business needs."
Tiffany Hansley Jones CEO of Jones Sunset Sauce
Tiffany Hansley Jones CEO of Jones Sunset Sauce
" I think that Genesis Block is bringing together the brightest and most savvy entrepreneurs and thinkers in the region and I want to be a part of that."
Greg Terlecky Accomplished Physicist and Master Data Scientist

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