Clemson University students recently competed for cash prizes as part of the annual Social LaunchPad Competition.

Clemson University students recently competed for cash prizes as part of the annual Social LaunchPad Competition.

CLEMSON — Clemson University students recently competed for cash prizes as part of the annual Social LaunchPad Competition.

Contestants pitched products as they were judged on the potential for their new ventures to be successful and have a positive social impact.

“All of these new ventures represented what is great about Clemson students, including the heart, the talent and the drive to make problems into opportunities,” said Anthony Santella, director of student engagement at the Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

The winning team was Incubasic, a product that has the potential to help dramatically improve the quality of care of premature babies in low-resourced areas. The two runner-ups were Ideal Fit, an improved prosthetic product that could be used in low-resource areas, and Rocket Club, a program that works with disengaged fifth-graders in rural South Carolina to promote STEM education through tutoring and building rockets.

“We are passionate about empowering innovators and entrepreneurs in many ways including our new ClemsonIdeas.com crowdfunding initiative where people can help support new ventures, such as Incubasic,” said Greg Pickett, associate dean of the College of Business and Behavioral Science and director of the Spiro Institute.

Incubasic won the Social LaunchPad top prize of $2,000 and will compete at the LaunchPadSC event.

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