Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Student Entrepreneur Competition


The Technology Incubator @ Knowledge Park is hosting its first Entrepreneur Competition beginning on Friday, February 27th at 6 pm and finishing on Friday, March 6thThis initial competition is specially designed for college students attending Winthrop University, York Technical College, or Clinton College.  In addition, a parallel pilot competition for middle school students in Rock Hill School District Three will also be conducted.  Both the kickoff and final pitch sessions will be held at Whitton Auditorium in Carroll Hall on the Winthrop University campus.

The purpose of this event is to raise awareness for students and the community at large of the importance of entrepreneurship in building the 21st Century economy in Knowledge Park and beyond.  Through the process of holding this event, it is intended that potential local entrepreneurial talent will be identified and cultivated.

Student teams will be challenged to build a business model (using Alexander Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas) for an innovative idea that could be launched in Knowledge Park. Teams will have one week to research and compile the elements of a business model around their key value proposition.  A panel of judges will hear the pitches from each team entered and determine the winners. 

Cash prizes will be awarded as follows: 1st Place Grand Prize of $1,500, and an 8-week Summer Scholarship to the Technology Incubator; 2nd Place $ 1,000; 3rd Place $500, and  a $500 Special Prize for the most innovative/compelling business concept (that didn’t place).  There is no entry fee for the student teams to compete.  For registration and more details, visit the Technology Incubator Center’s web site: www.tirockhill.org

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