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In Person
During GEW

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! 2013 Ideas Contest Short presentations by three local finalists

A live, audience driven voting segment Vote to pick the winning pitches that will receive $5000 to kickstart an idea from concept to reality


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 enter the Ignite! Ideas Contest to win $5,000. Celebrate homegrown innovation right here in Columbia, SC and start something this year at Ignite! 2013. 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:

Students / Youth
Entrepreneurs / Startups
Investors / Mentors
Government / Policy Experts
Academics / Researchers
  • When: 5:15-9 pm
  • Start: 20 November 2013
  • End: 20 November 2013 23:59
The Zone at Williams Brice Stadium


1125 George Rogers Blvd
29201 Columbia

What is GEW

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world's largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

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