SC’s Council on Competitiveness New Ideas for a New Carolina Contest Kicks-Off

October 8, 2008

New Ideas for a New Carolina: Everyone Has a Dream or a Great Idea – What’s Yours? 

COLUMBIA, SC – October 8, 2008 –  Do you want to win $5,000? Do you have a big idea for a business? If so, then enter your idea at for the New Ideas for a New Carolina Business Ideas Contest kicking-off October 1 – December 2, 2008.

Share your ideas for a business that stokes your fire, blows your mind and shows your get-up-and-take-charge-of-my-dream spirit. Your idea could bring new jobs, new energy, new talents, new life and new wealth to South Carolina.

The winners will be announced at the ThinkTEC Innovation Summit in Charleston on February 11, 2009.

This year’s contest will award the grand prize winner $5,000 of seed money for their business idea, a scholarship to FastTrac® entrepreneurial training program, tickets to the ThinkTEC Innovation Summit and a Dream Team of Mentors to help the winner cultivate their idea. Four first place prizes of $2,500, a scholarship to FastTrac® and tickets to the ThinkTEC Innovation Summit will be distributed as well as five $1,000 honorable mention prizes.

Also, once again the contest will feature the People’s Choice category where the residents of South Carolina will be able to vote for their favorite idea. In its fourth year, South Carolina’s New Ideas for a New Carolina Business Idea Contest consists of the New Ideas Dream Team, a coalition of representatives from SC Launch!, New Carolina – SC’s Council on Competitiveness, FastTracSC, ThinkTEC and other organizations around the state who will spend October and November touring cities throughout South Carolina promoting this year’s contest.

The 2008 winner went to Dr. Ron Fulbright from Spartanburg County. His idea was Scentinel, a rapid-deploy, all-weather, nanosensor system used to detect the presence of thousands of elements and chemical compounds in the environment such as levels of greenhouse gasses, atmospheric conditions, water conditions or toxic agents.

So what are you waiting for? Enter your Idea at by December 2 for a chance to win! About New Ideas for a New Carolina An idea out of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce to promote the FastTracSC program. New Ideas for a New Carolina and the 2009 contest is powered by New Carolina – SC’s Council on Competitiveness and its partners: FastTracSC, ThinkTEC and a number of other state and local organizations with a shared vision for a brighter future for South Carolina.

To reach SC’s Council on Competitiveness call: (803) 760-1400