ENTREPRENEURSHIP & START UP
In Central South Carolina, we know that our economic future hinges not only on a diverse mix of industries and talent, but on an entrepreneurial spirit that drives us forward. That’s why we’re focused on building a business environment where start-ups can succeed. Ranked as one of the top 5 U.S. markets for up-and-coming tech talent, our region welcomes creatives and entrepreneurs and helps business grow.Industry Brochure
CREATING AN INNOVATIVE FUTURE
Anchored by the University of South Carolina, Columbia has quickly become a destination for young, educated workers gaining more than six-thousand millennials every year. While our city may be smaller than tech giants like Seattle and Austin, we’re big on brainpower and creativity. A low-cost of living and an atmosphere of collaboration coupled with ample co-working space and innovative programs like SC Launch makes bringing ideas to market easier and makes Central SC a hotbed of innovation.
27% tech growth in the past 5 years
Region produces 20% More software & computer science degrees relative to national average
Top 5 market for up-and-coming tech talent
UofSC ranked among top-patent producing universities in the world
65K+ enrolled in higher education
Top 5 city for millennial migration
median age: home to youngest county in the state
Top 5 U.S. city for lowest start-up cost
Made in Central SC
Resources & Support
We have the resources and support that provide a dynamic environment where entrepreneurs, startups and established companies succeed and prosper.
Accelerates growth & innovation by providing a unified voice for the statewide technology community.
1 Million Cups Columbia
A weekly event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to a thriving peer network in Columbia.
Supports the commercialization of research, finances start-ups and spin-off companies, and provides formation support and other business services.
Columbia-based platform & community for creators, independent workers & entrepreneurs. Has two co-working spaces in downtown Columbia.
USC/Columbia Technology Incubator
Helps innovative businessses grow through education, mentoring and community relationships within an established incubation facility.
Midlands Tech Business Accelerator
Based on the Midlands Tech Enterprise Campus, provides business incubation space co-located on a technical college campus.
Applied research corporation delivering technology solutions to federal and corporate clients, with three locations throughout South Carolina including Columbia.
Opening in Summer 2020, will offer 12 floors of unique workspaces including coworking space, private offices & technology-enabled SmartSuites.
Public/private partnership focused on sparking an explosion of entrepreneurial activity in the Columbia, SC region. Focuses on providing the space, community, resources, mentoring and learning opportunities fast-growing companies need.
South Carolina's content toolkit for the pursuit of innovation. Helps creators connect to state resources, network with other entrepreneurs and generates relevant publications and podcasts.
Operates angel investment groups and funds comprised of more than 300 accredited investors across the Southeast.
A collaboration powered by the S.C. Department of Commerce’s Office of Innovation and Build Carolina, SC Codes is a platform connecting South Carolinians to the education and resources they need to unlock careers in technology.