The University of South Carolina has extended an invitation to the public to attend its competition called The Proving Ground, which has entrepreneur teams pitch ideas in the same way as the television show “Shark Tank.”
The event, which is the final competition, will take place Thursday on the USC campus.
“The first round judging session was the best we have had in six years,” Moore School Faber Entrepreneurship Center Associate Director and Director of the competition since 2009 Dean Kress said. “We have cool concepts and spirited discussions among the judges who took part.”
One of the categories is the $17,500 Maxient Innovative Prize award for groundbreaking concepts to solve existing needs or problems. The finalists are:
**“Hauled:” “A technology company offering a mobile app for junk removal. The app connects those looking to get rid of televisions, sofas and other unwieldy belongings with local pickup truck owners.”
**“Style Connect:” “A company creating customized client relationship management software. This software will emphasize customer service and trust in the hair salon industry.”
The competition is free at the W.W. Hootie Johnson Performance Hall.
816 Bull St
Columbia, SC 29208