Innovation: Sketch Room interactive forum

The S.C. Commerce Office of Innovation hosted its latest Sketch Room interactive session – an interactive forum for members of South Carolina’s innovation community to connect with one another while also sharing creative solutions for the future – in Columbia today.

This latest session highlighted the Relentless Grant Challenge grant series, a program that fosters the relentless pursuit of transformational ideas, specifically in the areas of entrepreneurship, talent development and access to capital.

Charlie Banks of Venture Carolina, a nonprofit organization (and former grant recipient) that provides comprehensive investor and entrepreneur education, kicked off the event by talking to the group about the Venture Carolina Pitch Lab. The Pitch Lab has already hosted approximately 125 entrepreneurs at 21 educational workshops. 

Later in the session, three individuals had the opportunity to practice their project pitches to the group, then received feedback. 

Applications for the Relentless Challenge grant series will be accepted October 1-31, 2019. To learn more about the program, click here.

About the Relentless Challenge grant series
Up to $1 million in competitive grants may be awarded during this funding cycle. Individual awards have no minimum and up to $75,000. A demonstrated dollar-for-dollar match from non-state entities will be required for consideration of projects and award of funding. Match funding for this opportunity is defined as non-state dollars, which can mean federal, local or private dollars. Match funding for this opportunity does not include loans or credit. Projects are expected to leverage other public and private investments which serve as a catalyst for future development.