The groups powering USC’s Startup Center
USC Innovista - Innovista is a public/private partnership anchored by the Innovation District in the heart of Columbia, South Carolina, that connects the University of South Carolina and university-spawned innovations with entrepreneurs, businesses and stakeholders. Innovista’s purpose is to attract, create, and grow technology-intensive, knowledge-based companies, resulting in higher-paying jobs that help to raise the standard of living in South Carolina.
USC/Columbia Technology Incubator - The USC/Columbia Technology Incubator is a nonprofit corporation sponsored by USC, the City of Columbia and area governments, and materially supported by businesses and private donors. It is currently home to 38 startup companies. Since its inception in November 1998, the Incubator has provided opportunities for entrepreneurs to commercialize their ideas, produced successful, financially viable and freestanding businesses, and created hundreds of additional jobs in the community. We want high-tech, high-growth companies that can benefit from all the Incubator partners which include the University of South Carolina and Midlands Technical College with its manufacturing startup facilities.
Faber Entrepreneurship Center - The Faber Entrepreneurship Center is poised to take a lead role in cultivating a new generation of South Carolina entrepreneurs -- people with the ideas, the vision, and the perseverance to launch the new businesses that form the state's economic bedrock. The center, endowed with a $1 million gift from University of South Carolina alumni Tim and Karen Faber, seeks to provide USC students with intensive exposure to entrepreneurial concepts, small business management training, and interaction with a network of successful entrepreneurs in South Carolina. MGMT 479, a small business consulting class for undergraduate students, provides a low cost resource for startups who need to tap into the business talent at the Moore School.
Technology Commercialization Office - USC Office of Technology Commercialization works with business and entrepreneurial interests to help identify, protect, and commercialize the University's intellectual property for the purpose of benefiting society and spurring economic growth for our regional and US economies. The Office of Technology Commercialization is dedicated to bringing University inventions and technologies to the commercial sector for the benefit of the University community and the public.