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The Proving Ground

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The Proving Ground is the University of South Carolina's entrepreneurial competition to identify and accelerate innovative business concepts. We're looking for ideas that will change the world, and change the way people live. Teams of students compete for more than $50,000 in seed money, startup support, and the chance to turn their ideas into reality.

The competition is a proving ground for everything from new technologies discovered in the lab to business ideas brainstormed on the back of a napkin. Culminating during Global Entrepreneurship Week, finalists will pitch their concepts to a panel of seasoned entrepreneurs for the chance to win $15,000 cash, plus startup support,in each of three categories: SCRA Technology Ventures Award, Fluor Innovation Award, or the Maxient Social Impact Award.

Students / Youth
Entrepreneurs / Startups
Investors / Mentors
Academics / Researchers
Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina


1705 College St
29208 Columbia, SC

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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