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The Proving Ground 2015

Hello and welcome to the Proving Ground 2015, the University of South Carolina's signature entrepreneurial competition to identify and accelerate innovative business concepts with commercial potential. If you have not logged in before, please click the LOG IN/REGISTER button and follow the instructions. If you have already registered, please log in using your email address and password.

Complete information about The Proving Ground can be found at the competition web site, http://www.uscprovingground.com.

Prizes will be awarded in three categories:

  • $17,500 Fluor Social Impact category, for business concepts that address a social and/or environmental objective, as well as an economic objective.  This is open to University of South Carolina undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni who have graduated since 2010 (including 2010).
  •  $20,000 Avenir Discovery category, for any type of business concept. This is open to University of South Carolina undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni who have graduated since 2010 (including 2010).
  •  $20,000 Maxient Innovation category, for any type of business concept.  Teams must be composed entirely of University of South Carolina undergraduate students.

Important Dates:

  • September 14 at 6 p.m.- Information Session, Faculty and Staff Lounge, Swearingen Engineering Center
  • September 21 at 6 p.m. - Information Session, Room 330, Darla Moore School of Business
  • September 28 at 6 p.m. - Proving Ground Idea Evaluation, Leadership and Service Center (Suite 227), Russell House
  • October 1 - Deadline for registration for The Proving Ground

The deadline for submitting your completed business plan is October 23 at 5:00 p.m. Plans uploaded before that date may be amended up until that time.  The plan is uploaded in the Competition Questions section of this web site.

If you have questions, please contact Dean Kress, Competition Administrator at kress@sc.edu.

 

Disclaimer: All decisions and/or changes regarding the competition rules, procedures, and processes are at the sole discretion of the managing committee of the entrepreneurship competition. Changes and/or interpretations of these rules may be made by the committee at any time, even though they may be (or may appear to be) in conflict with some previously published information. The decision to award (or not to award) winners in all categories is at the sole discretion of the judges of the competition.

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