ThinkTEC Innovation Summit: Capturing the Power of Ideas

For Immediate Release: Media Contact: Emily Watts
April 10, 2007 Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
843.805.3053

ThinkTEC Innovation Summit: Capturing the Power of Ideas
May 7 - 8, 2007

CHARLESTON, SC - ThinkTEC, an initiative of the Innovation Division at the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce will hold its eighth Innovation Summit May 7 - 8, 2007 at the Trident Technical College. This year's summit is about "Capturing the Power of Ideas" featuring alternative energy solutions and how to build knowledge-based business in the Charleston region.

Conference segments this year include, Innovation Isle, showcasing research on the verge of commercialization, Exhibition Hall, showcasing tech-based products/services and ThinkTEC awards given to leaders that have advanced a knowledge-based economy in the Charleston region. There will be over 20 dynamic speakers on growing knowledge-based business and alternative energy initiatives.

In addition, the winners of the New Ideas for a New Carolina Business Idea Competition will be announced at the Innovation Summit kick-off reception on May 7 with awards presented by Bobby Harrell, S.C. Speaker of the House an avid supporter of the New Economy. This year's contest will provide twice as many cash prizes to South Carolinians who will be competing within specific business categories. The grand prize winner will receive $3,000 seed money for their business idea, a scholarship to FastTrac entrepreneurial training programs and access to a Dream Team of Mentors to help the winner cultivate their ideas. The Dream Team consists of business leaders throughout the state, representing a variety of disciplines, who have committed to giving counsel to New Ideas for New Carolina winners.

There will also be winners in up to 11 different business categories, each receiving $1,500, a scholarship to FastTrac and tickets to the Innovation Summit. Lastly, the contest will feature a College Student category, also eligible for the Grand Prize, and a People's Choice Award in which South Carolina citizens can vote online for their favorite idea out of the Top 20 ideas in the Wild Card business category. The college contestants must have a valid college email address and ID to enter.

The ThinkTEC Innovation Conference will also include a pre-conference VIP tour and several networking events.

Advanced registration is recommended as space is limited. Register online at the Chamber Store, www.charlestonchamber.net, or contact Jill Galmarini at 805.3015 or [email protected].

Cost:
Chamber Member:
$175 Conference and Opening Reception
$100 Conference Only
$100 Opening Reception Only

Non-member:
$245 Conference & Opening Reception
$140 Conference Only
$100 Opening Reception Only

About ThinkTEC
ThinkTEC, an initiative of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce's Innovation Division, is an ongoing effort to accelerate technological growth to create and sustain a perpetual innovation economy for the Charleston tri-county region and state. These efforts include industry-specific conferences, public policy and legislative initiatives, program development, and educational events.
For more information visit www.thinktec.org.

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