Startup Connections

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Where to Discover Innovation

  • SCBIO

    SCBIO is a member organization that exists to support and advance South Carolina’s life science industry through collaboration, advocacy, workforce development, and support for business operations. We foster South Carolina’s business environment for start-up and existing life science companies through:  

  • SCORE

    SCORE "Counselors to America's Business" is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses.  The SCORE Midlands Chapter, headquartered in Columbia, uses its members expertise, energy and past experiences to help you implement proven real-world business practices in accomplishing your business objectives.

  • SC Manufacturers Extension Partnership

    The SCMEP is a private, non-profit group that serves as a proven resource to South Carolina businesses, providing them with a range of innovative strategies and solutions to strengthen leadership, develop competencies, drive growth, and eliminate waste.  An affiliate of the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), SCMEP operates under the US Dept of Commerce to promote innovation and industrial competitiveness.  

  • South Carolina Small Business Development Center - Columbia

    For more than thirty years, entrepreneurs have turned to South Carolina Small Business Development Centers (SC SBDC) for help expanding an existing business or starting a new enterprise. Through free consulting, low-cost seminars and links to resources, the SC SBDC helps jump start startups and makes existing businesses thrive. SC SBDC consultants work with companies in all stages of development – from a person with an innovative product but no idea how to move forward to the owner of a company looking to capture new markets.  

  • USC/Columbia Technology Incubator

    The USC/Columbia Technology Incubator is a non-profit 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.

  • 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.