The South Carolina Department of Commerce and the South Carolina Research Authority have partnered with 16 colleges and universities across the state to launch SC Innovates, a student pitch competition that encourages ingenuity and entrepreneurship. The inaugural SC Innovates pitch challenge will take place in tandem with Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) on November 16-22. GEW is a weeklong campaign that celebrates the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life and drive economic growth.
The competition serves as an online opportunity to showcase South Carolina's student innovators and connects them with other business-minded students with the goal of generating new, innovative ventures in the state.
Finalists will compete for mentoring opportunities with seasoned entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts, along with cash prizes. The competition received 77 full pitch submissions from students, with the top five being given the opportunity to compete in the finale.
Finalists will present their pitches at a live virtual finale on November 18. Click here to tune in live.