Honors Students Make Finals in SC Innovates Pitch Competition

This past Wednesday (11/10), several Honors Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community (E-LLC) students submitted pitches to the Annual SC Innovates Pitch Competition.

The SC Innovates Pitch Competition is a state-wide event where teams of 1 to 4 students submit pitches attempting to solve a wide variety of societal, environmental, and economic issues.

Of the 60 teams that submitted pitches to the competition, two Honors ELLC teams, DrinkSafe (Maya Pai ’25, Delaney Faile ’25, Sydney Wertz ’25, and Lauren Valdario ’25) and FloodWatch (Even Williams ’25, Evan Villamor ’25, and Dylan McTigue ’25), were invited to the 15 team semi-final round.

During the semi-finals, the teams pitched the solutions they came up with to solve issues facing the Charleston community to the audience and the panel of judges consisting of entrepreneurship theorists and practitioners.

DrinkSafe advanced to the final round and answered in-depth application questions about their product with the other Top 5 teams. The top 5 teams prepared and presented closing statements explaining how their product helps solve problems impacting their community.

DrinkSafe, a brand of jewelry containing drug detection technology that can be discretely worn, is designed to reduce the amount of drug-related sexual assault incidences. Drink Safe placed 5th overall in the competition.

Concluding the competition, FloodWatch, an app designed to track flood patterns in Charleston and warn residents when their neighborhoods could be under flood risk, won the People’s Choice Award, an honor voted on by the audience and competing teams.

The DrinkSafe and the FloodWatch team used the skills they have learned over the semester in the Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community to effectively create solutions to issues pressing the Charleston Community.

Check out both semi-finalist pitches below!

Article by current Honors Junior & Communications and Economics Double Major, Jack Bartlett.

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