Students and judges at the Paladin Pitch Competition.


The Hill Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship develops students’ startup mindset by helping them imagine, test and launch a social or entrepreneurial venture through one of its signature programs – the Paladin Pitch Competition, the Summer Business and Innovation Boot Camp, Class E Podcast and the Furman Student Entrepreneurship Association. The institute’s 2019-2020 Impact Report offers a look at the institute’s reach.

  • 125
    Ideas pitched (across eight pitch competitions)
  • #1
    The largest pitch competition in South Carolina history (with more than 500 attendees)
  • 103
    CERTIFICATE PROGRAM GRADS of the Summer B&I Boot Camp (college students) & the Highschool Academy
  • 16
  • 48
    MENTORS from the business community
  • 11
    COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES among those who attended the Business and Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

James A. Lanier Jr. ’79 and Mary Anne Anderson Lanier ’79 make a new $1 million commitment to Furman.

Robert ’11 and Suzanne Clark Stearns ’11  recount the story of their engagement.

As you read this, it is about two months after the 20th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11.