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April 10, 2020 | Tom Ballard

U of South Carolina, SCRA holding COVID-19 ideation competition for students

Here’s an interesting way to get college students more involved in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s not so much about the prize money but rather the engagement.

Two University of South Carolina organizations – the McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise and the Faber Entrepreneurship Center have joined with the South Carolina Research Authority in seeking students’ ideas that address the most pressing technical, social, and financial issues caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Up to $9,000 in prize money (up to $1,000 per winning individual or team) will be awarded for the ideas that have the most potential for impact. Ideas will be developed online in StartupWind, using an idea concept card, a business model canvas, and a budget.

Only currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students at the university who are in good academic and judicial standing are eligible in a little more than a week. Here’s more information about the effort.

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