Ignite 2011: Ideas with Purpose
Start a cause, start a billion dollar enterprise, start a revolution. Whether you are a researcher, technologist, serial entrepreneur, activist, culture vulture, policy maker, or the average joe; your ideas can change the world we live in. Ignite!demonstrates that anyone can be a catalyst for change in the knowledge economy. We can all start the next big movement towards a better Columbia.
Purchase a ticket, get on board to sponsor, or send us your ideas on taking Columbia to the next level. Celebrate homegrown innovation right here in Columbia, SC and start something this year at Ignite!2011. This isn't the usual Columbia crowd. Join us as we bring the community together to celebrate everyone who inspires you to act,, to move, and to change the way you and world see Columbia.
The event will feature a three part program combining social/professional networking, with high impact presentations, and a community-wide ideas and innovations competition. Some of the exciting elements include:
A power networking session
Connect dots, build relationships and create opportunities
A food and beverage showcase
Featuring 100% homegrown local culinary talent
Five high impact keynote presenters
Learn about key topics in the innovation economy
The “Ignite 2011 Ideas Contest”
A crowd sourced ideas competition with short high impact pitches from public, private and nonprofit innovators pitching projects to impact Columbia
A live, audience driven voting segment
Vote to pick the winning pitches that will receive $1000-$5000 to kickstart their idea from concept to reality.
When & Where
Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., EngenuitySC is a public-private partnership focused on enhancing our region’s economic competitiveness and prosperity. Through collaboration with business, government, higher education and community leaders, EngenuitySC builds partnerships and measures success around five indicators of competitive communities: innovative capacity, talent, entrepreneurial/business environment, livability and strong industry clusters. Through our innovative process, unique vision and ability to create a plan and deliver results, EngenuitySC is working to build a more competitive and prosperous Midlands region. For more information, visit http://www.engenuitysc.com and follow @engenuitySC on Twitter.