USC Proving Ground Competition

  • Mar 29, 2018
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The Proving Ground is a three-month, three-round, points-based competition culminating with a live pitch event on March 29, 2018.

The concepts submitted may be for any business and any industry, ideally addressing an unmet need or solving an existing problem. Finalists will pitch their concepts to a panel of seasoned entrepreneurs in a Shark Tank like event for the chance to win up to $17,500 in cash in one of three categories:

Avenir Discovery
This category is open to University of South Carolina undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni from the past five years (since May 2012).
Maxient Innovation
This category is only open to University of South Carolina undergraduates.
SCRA Fan Favorite
The two highest scoring teams that do not make it into the finals will go head-to-head for this category. The winner will be decided live by the audience on March 29, 2018!

Important Dates:

February 23, 2018 - Last day to submit business plans 

March 1, 2018 - March 4, 2018 First round of judging 

March 5, 2018 - March 14, 2018 Second Round of Judging

March 29 - Finalist pitch at the live event!

Important Links:

Proving Ground Website

Proving Ground Registration