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Columbia is on the path to becoming a next generation city and is becoming a famously hot destination for innovation, technology, arts, talent, and entrepreneurship. Who is driving this change and …

Columbia is on the path to becoming a next generation city and is becoming a famously hot destination for innovation, technology, arts, talent, and entrepreneurship. Who is driving this change and what role do they play in Columbia’s vision for a knowledge-based economy?

One evening with ten speakers who have 6 minutes each to create a high energy, visual experience that will inspire you to get involved. Join us at EngenuitySC IgNITE! to meet some of our region’s catalysts.

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  • 1. EngenuitySC Ig nite! Wednesday, October 28 th 5:30-8pm ● 701 Whaley
  • 2.  
  • 3.  
  • 4. Fostering Knowledge Creation and Innovation
    • Speakers:
    • Dr. Michael Amiridis, VP for Academic Affairs and
    • Provost, USC
    • A passionate educator and a dynamic research leader
    • with a global perspective
    • Dr. Kenneth Reifsnider, Director of Solid Oxide Fuel
    • Cell Center of Excellence, Director of the Future
    • Fuels Center, USC
    • A world renowned leader in fuel cells who is unlocking
    • the secrets to future fuels
  • 5.  
  • 6. Building and Supporting an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
    • Speakers :
    • Katie Fox, Director of S.C. Artists’ Ventures
    • Initiative, South Carolina Arts Commission
    • A dynamic young leader at the heart of South Carolina’s Creative economy who is paving the way for entrepreneurship in the arts
    • Josh Hackler, President and Founder, Spanish Vines
    • An importer of culture with a can do spirit and
    • one of our nation’s most promising young entrepreneurs
    •  
    • Dr. Hildy Teegen, Dean, The Darla Moore School of Business
    • A trailblazer in Columbia’s quest to engage bright young minds
    • Darrin Thomas, President, Thomas Media Group, LLC
    • A passionate mentor empower youth with entrepreneurship education
  • 7.  
  • 8. Creating a Cool Community that Attracts Talented People
    • Speakers:
    • Morihiko Nakahara, Music Director, SC Philharmonic
    • A speaker of music who is revolutionizing Columbia’s
    • burgeoning arts and cultural scene
    • Kristian Niemi, Chef/Part Owner of Gervais & Vine and Rosso Trattoria
    • A connoisseur with a perfected palate for creating the ultimate experience with food and wine
  • 9.  
  • 10. Building Collaboration Around Areas of Economic Competitive Advantage
    • Speakers :
    • Anne Castro, Chief Design Architect at BlueCross
    • BlueShield of SC
    • A technically savvy leader redesigning the landscape of
    • insurance technology
    • Mark Fecteau, Managing Director of Global Growth &
    • Innovation at Westinghouse Electric Company
    • A visionary redefining South Carolina’s role in the global energy economy
  • 11.
    • EngenuitySC Ignite!
    • Date : Wednesday, October 28 th
    • Time : 5:30-8:00pm
    • Location : 701 Whaley
    • Admission : $25
    • Registration/Website : http://www.engenuitysc.com and http://tiny.cc/ENGENUITYIGNITE