New Ideas for a New Carolina Wild Card Voting Has Begun

The New Ideas for a New Carolina statewide business ideas contest has pulled in celebrity support to judge the Wildcard category. Co-owner of the Charleston RiverDogs Baseball team and their "Director of Fun", comedian Bill Murray and Mike Veeck, President of the RiverDogs will pick the Wildcard category winner.

Residents of South Carolina can vote for their favorite Wildcard business idea until December 29 at . Out of the top five chosen, celebrity judges will then pick the winner which will be announced at the awards ceremony on February 11, at the ThinkTEC Innovation Summit in Charleston. Last year's winner of this category was Julie McWerther who created the Azula, a fashionable mat that keeps women's swimsuits from snagging when sitting on the edge of the pool.

The Winner of the Wildcard category will receive $2,500, tickets to the ThinkTEC Innovation Summit and a scholarship to a FastTrac®, entrepreneurial business training course. They will also be eligible for the grand prize of $5,000 seed money for their business idea and a Dream Team of Mentors to help cultivate their idea.

In its fourth year, South Carolina's New Ideas for a New Carolina Business Idea Contest consists of the New Ideas Dream Team, a coalition of representatives from SC Launch!, New Carolina – SC's Council on Competitiveness, FastTracSC, ThinkTEC and other organizations around the state. Ideas are judged by South Carolina leaders from angel capital groups, businesses, non-profits, government entities and educational institutions. Winners are chosen based on the idea's viability, innovation/vision and profit/revenue potential.

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Phil Yanov is a Technologist, Columnist and Public Radio Commentator.

He is the founder of Tech After Five as well as the founder and President of the GSA Technology Council and the IT Leadership Council.

His personal technology column appears in Greenville Business Magazine and the Columbia Business Journal.

He co-hosts the Your Day technology shows heard on NPR radio stations across South Carolina and is a frequent contributor to technology stories appearing on radio and television.