Entrepreneurship Competitions

Fall 2020 Competition Results

Demo Day 2021: 

Impact X is one of the most coveted and prestigious experiences at the College of Charleston. Impact X is a sustainability-focused course and part of the College’s quality enhancement plan (QEP), “Sustainability Literacy as a Bridge to Addressing 21st century problems.” Students are cross-trained (i.e. “Navy Seals training”) in creative design, business and technology to provide them with the tools to form sustainability-focused startups. At the end of the semester, ImpactX Students pitch their product to a panel of judges to win cash prizes to start their business. Below is the Fall 2020 ImpactX Winner.  

Fall 2020 Demo Day Winner: UpPup!

uppup.jpg UpPup! is a digital pet that takes care of you; by reminding you to give it water, go for walks, and eat, it reminds the user to take care of themself and uses positive reinforcement to motivate healthy habits. The customizable dog also uses negative reinforcement in the way that it grows sad when it is not properly taken care of.

DEMOS Pitch Competition: 

The Disability and Entrepreneurship: Models of Success (DEMOS) initiative supports the development of new entrepreneurial endeavors that fully incorporate principles of Universal Design in students’ business models. Successful applications are those that (a) offer a viable, competitive business model, and (b) utilize Universal Design principals to develop a workforce, work environment, product, service, or system that is fully inclusive and universally accessible; particularly for workers and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A core element is the emphasis on educating entrepreneurs about the genuine value that individuals with disabilities bring to the workplace and their value as customers. Every semester students pitch their DEMOS products to a panel of judges. Below are the Fall 2020 Demos Pitch Competition Winners:

Fall 2020 DEMOS Winners: Matthew Barnes and Addison MacPhee



Matthew Barnes

The Scrubby Dubby Timer is a voice guided timer for children who are learning to shower independently. The Scrubby Dubby Timer can teach children how to apply soap, shampoo and conditioner efficiently.  It uses song and bubbly narration to accompany kids in the process of learning to shower. Scrubby Dubby Timer aspires to use simple and intuitive universal design to automate the teaching process for busy parents as well as empowering all kids to shower independently. 


Addison MacPhee

WalkWithMe is a navigation app that provides users with personalized routes based on their preferred safety level and mode of transportation. The app uses reviews from the community on the area and businesses nearby to calculate the safety score for an area. Users will not be routed through areas with lower ratings than they feel comfortable with. Additionally, the app takes into account the mode of transportation (walking, wheelchair, biking, driving, and public transportation) to determine the best route and what the user needs, such as curb cuts for someone in a wheelchair. Because of the simple design as well as adaptability to the user’s needs, WalkWithMe aligns with the Universal Design principles of flexible and equitable use.

Fall 2020 SC Innovates Pitch Competition:

15 colleges and universities in South Carolina are partnering together to launch the first-ever SC Innovates Pitch Competition.  This statewide, virtual format is leveraging the power of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020 to encourage any and all South Carolina college students to develop and pitch their promising business ideas and compete for thousands in cash. Students compete for $10,000 in cash prizes. Students must register Sunday 10/25 to compete. 

Fall 2020 SC Innovates Pitch Competition Finalists: Avio and Thrifty Fishy



Avio is an automated digital advisor that creates an efficient long term schedule to help students complete their degree on time. Avio identifies and prioritizes prerequisites, flags courses that are offered exclusively in either fall or spring semesters, determines overlapping courses such as classes that are both General Education and Major requirements, and finally organizes additional classes needed for higher levels of education.



EasyTrac combines an online marketplace with inventory tracking software. It allows small businesses to revamp their supply chain to better compete with big-box retailers and large chains. Customers would be able to find their desired products from the nearest stores and at the best prices, all while supporting their local economies. STOCK SMART, SHOP LOCAL, EASYTRAC!


Thrifty Fishy

Within bodies of water such as lakes and oceans, derelict fishing gear is polluting our planet’s waterways. These pieces of abandoned fishing gear are oftentimes "functional", continuing to ghost fish and harm marine life. Thrifty Fishy has the answer to a cleaner ocean. First, we partner with nonprofit organizations who collect broken-down fishing articles. We then refurbish and recycle. Finally, we resell refurbished items to fisherman at a cheap price. Overall, with an amazing company such as Thrifty Fishy, you can always expect a reel catch!

 Fall 2020 Gender Equality Pitch Competition:

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world (UN Sustainable Development Goal #5). The School of Business’ invites women students of all disciplines to enter our Gender Equality Pitch Competition. Up to 7 students will be selected to present a one-minute elevator pitch describing a gender equality problem and their actionable solution.


Shield                                Megan Adair, Rachel Dining & Sarah Sayce

Nutri-her                            Lauren Durkee

Money Talks                      Kristen Graham

Women’s Policy                Lauren Graham

Period Pact                        Addison MacPhee, Dhruvi Patel & Madelyn Byrd

Community Helper           Sarah Rosso & Mary Morano