The College Makes an Impact at Statewide Pitch Competition

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Congratulations to our students who competed and made an impact in the 2021 SC Innovates Challenge!

This student pitch competition consisted of 15 South Carolina partner colleges serving 119,000 students.

The College of Charleston boasted five of the 15 semifinalists and three of the six overall winners from the final competition.

People’s Choice – FloodWatch | College of Charleston ($500)
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5th Place – DrinkSafe | College of Charleston ($750) (pictured above)

4th Place – Campus Connections | Wofford ($750)

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3rd Place – Guestaurant | College of Charleston ($1,000) (pictured above)

2nd Place – Cancer Connect | MUSC ($2,500)

1st Place – Glow Dot | MUSC ($4,000)

Read more at The College Today.

Announcing the Second Annual Women for Women Summit

Picture of the inaugural Women for Women Summit presented by the College of Charleston School of Business

Picture of the inaugural Women for Women Summit presented by the College of Charleston School of Business

The second annual Women for Women Summit, presented by the College of Charleston School of Business, will take place on Sept. 23, 2021. Resilience is the theme of this year’s one-day event, which was launched in 2020 to celebrate, elevate, share and connect exceptional women from across the Palmetto State.

The impressive lineup of speakers includes women leaders in business, medicine and government. Guests will participate in panel discussions, professional workshops and networking opportunities designed to foster personal and professional growth.

To read more, visit The College Today.


Impact X Program Highlighted by AACSB International

Dean Alan Shao and guest speaker unveiling new Impact X window decal at the College of Charleston School of Business

Dean Alan Shao and guest speaker unveiling new Impact X window decal at the College of Charleston School of Business

A flagship program in the School of Business was recently recognized by the premier accrediting body of business schools around the world for itcommitment to innovation. 

AACSB International (AACSB), the world’s largest business education network, featured the College of Charleston School of Business among 24 business schools as highlights of its 2021 Innovations That Inspire member recognition initiative. This annual program recognizes institutions from around the world that serve as champions of change in the business education landscape and showcases business schools that create a positive societal impact. 

The School of Business was recognized for its Impact X programImpact X is an entrepreneurship course that uses the framework of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for sustainable and profitable businesses. At the end of the course, teams compete in a pitch competition for the chance to win seed money to scale their businesses. The program is housed within the school’s Center for Entrepreneurship, which is led by David Wyman, associate professor of entrepreneurship. 

Since 2015, Impact X has formed more than 6student startup teams that have created cutting-edge, for-profit solutions timprove people’s lives and the planet.  

“Our School of Business prides itself on recognizing the importance of being a socially responsible partner with the community in which we live,” said Alan T. Shao, dean of the business school. “Impact X is a transformational program that puts the curriculum spotlight on making a difference while making a profit. Through this shift in mindset, I am confident that many of our graduates will be at the forefront of positive social changes in the communities in which they live. 

Shao also thanked Stuart Williams, the school’s social and entrepreneur-in-residence, for his dedication to the program. 

“Business schools everywhere are defining impact objectives and strategies that align with the communities they serve, and the examples featured through AACSB’s Innovations That Inspire initiative perfectly demonstrate business education as a force for good,” said Caryn L. Beck-Dudley, AACSB president and CEO. “We are excited to honor the College of Charleston School of Business for its innovative approach to society’s challenges.” 

Now in its sixth year, the Innovations That Inspire initiative has highlighted more than 160 business school efforts that exemplify forward-looking approaches to education, research, community engagement, entrepreneurship and leadership. To date, members of AACSB’s Business Education Alliance have shared more than 1,000 innovations to inform and inspire fellow members and the industry. 

To learn more about the College’s social entrepreneurship incubator, visit the Impact X Innovations that Inspire page. 

Business Students Aim to Make a Difference With E-Commerce Site

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to reshape our world, more consumers have begun shopping online in greater numbers and frequency. A recent report showed United States customers bought over $183 billion in goods – all online – from March 2020 to February 2021. Although more and more people are buying products online, local merchants are not necessarily benefiting from this massive increase in online shopping.

Some College of Charleston students want to change that trend.

Read more at The College Today.

School of Business To Participate in Inaugural SC Innovates Pitch Competition

SC Innovates Pitch Competition College of Charleston School of Business

SC Innovates Pitch Competition College of Charleston School of Business

Innovation is a major key to entrepreneurial success, and it will be the name of the game at the first-ever SC Innovates Pitch Competition in November. The College of Charleston School of Business is partnering with more than a dozen South Carolina colleges and universities to spotlight students with promising business and social enterprise ideas during the state-wide contest.

CofC student-entrepreneurs will join their peers from across the Palmetto State as they pitch their business ideas to compete for $8,000 in cash prizes — all in the name of this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week taking place Nov. 16 – 22.

Global Entrepreneurship Week is an international celebration of innovators who think outside of the box and bring ideas to life. Each November, the week’s 35,000+ events and activities reach millions of people in more than 170 countries. The week is celebrated annually at the School of Business through the School’s Center for Entrepreneurship. The center is the primary point of contact for entrepreneurship development at the College of Charleston. It supports students across all disciplines in developing an entrepreneurial mindset through experiential activities and resources.

Student teams participating in the competition may consist of one to three members enrolled in at least one credit at a South Carolina college/university during Fall 2020. Teams must pitch a new, independent student venture.

Up to 15 semifinalists will advance to the virtual finale on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

For questions, contact Dave Wyman, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, at

School of Business Named Official University Alliance Partner by CCIM Institute

The Commercial Real Estate Finance (CREF) program at the College of Charleston School of Business is raking in more career-boosting advantages for its ready-to-work students. Recently, the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute (CCIM) named CofC’s School of Business a university alliance partner for its undergraduate real estate program.

Read More at The College Today.