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USC's Proving Ground Live Pitch Finale

CETi, USC's Startup Center

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)

Columbia , SC

USC's Proving Ground Live Pitch Finale

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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.  

Guest Judges:

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

Have questions about USC's Proving Ground Live Pitch Finale? Contact CETi, USC's Startup Center

When & Where

Lumpkin Auditorium
8th Floor, Moore School of Business
Columbia , SC 29201

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)

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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.  

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