USC's Proving Ground Live Pitch Finale
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)
Columbia , SC
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Catch the entrepreneurial spirit and join us for the live pitch finale of South Carolina’s largest student entrepreneurial competition, The Proving Ground. Emerging from a field of more than 45 submissions, six student teams from the University of South Carolina will go head to head for fame, glory and $50,000 in startup funding and support. Last year, we had a standing room only crowd and we’re expecting another high energy event.
The Live Pitch Finale is the culmination of a three month three round competition dedicated 100% to student entrepreneurs. This head to head competition will pit six incredible startup teams against each other for over $50,000 in prizes across three categories: The Maxient Social Impact Prize, The Fluor Innovation Prize, and The SCRA Technology Ventures Prize. Teams compete and winners will be awarded checks in real time. In addition, we’ve added a “crowd favorite” category that ALLOWS YOU TO CHOOSE a winner that night for a $1,000 cash prize. This is a CAN'T MISS event.
We have an incredible line up of judges from across the country that are ready to help put three students teams on the path to success:
Katie Petersen - Manager of Innovation & Networks, The Kauffman Foundation
Aaron and Candice Hark - CoFounders, Maxient
Frank Dalton - Partner, Fulcrum Equity Partners
Craig Heyward - Founder, Shore Holdings, LLC
Darrin Thomas - Founder, Thomas Media Group
Why Join Us?
Hear nationally recognized entrepreneurial judges from across the Southeast
See great pitches from six of our region’s future entrepreneurial leaders
Hang out with 200 of your closest friends and fellow entrepreneurs
Cheer on your favorite team and help pick our “crowd favorite” for $1,000 in cash
Be a part of the live “big check” ceremony immediately following the competition
A special launch announcement from 2012 Proving Ground winner HuddleHR
When & Where
CETi, USC's Startup Center
CETi, the Center for Entrepreneurial and Technological Innovation, is the University of South Carolina's startup center. We are a launch pad and connection point for students, faculty, alumni and entrepreneurs affiliated with the University of South Carolina.
CETi is located at the USC/Columbia Technology Incubator and powered by the USC Office of Economic Engagement.