Chetwood: A call to action for entrepreneurs

October 10, 2013 



— EngenuitySC’s $5,000 Ignite! Ideas Contest winner from 2012, Will Bryan, has gone on to achieve great things. On behalf of my fellow executive committee members at EngenuitySC, I would like to congratulate him publicly and encourage Midlands residents to both support his endeavor and enter this year’s Ignite! Ideas Contest.

Bryan, founder of Public Works of HeArt, recently announced a new partnership with the University of South Carolina Gamecock Club, Harvest Hope Food Bank and the city of Cayce to create a crowd-funded mural on the Cayce water tank, which overlooks the USC golf team’s practice facility in Lexington County. At completion of the funding phase, which divides the mural into 10,000 virtual squares available to the public for $25 each, a five-figure, charitable donation will be made to Harvest Hope from the proceeds.

This is exactly the kind of community-minded entrepreneurship that we at Wells Fargo Bank are proud to support in the Midlands. Now in its third year, the Ignite! Ideas Contest is proving to be true to a key, shared goal at EngenuitySC and Wells Fargo: to help local business innovators take strides to make the Midlands an even better place to live, work and play.

We’d like to issue a challenge to anyone in the Midlands who has a great idea to move our region forward: Pull out your smartphone, make a simple, two-minute video to describe your idea, and enter this contest. The deadline to submit entries at is Oct. 24, and three finalists will present live on stage at our annual Ignite! celebration on Nov. 20 at The Zone.

Together with my fellow EngenuitySC Executive Committee members, Sen. Nikki Setzler, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, USC President Harris Pastides, Midlands Technical College President Sonny White and the chairs of the Richland and Lexington county councils, we take our collective mission very seriously: to enhance our region’s competitiveness and prosperity. We are grateful to each local innovator who takes a risk toward this end.

Holt Chetwood

Executive Committee



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