Startup Connections

Where to Discover Innovation

  • SC SmartState

    In 2002, the South Carolina General Assembly created the SmartState Program to create Centers of Economic Excellence in research areas that will advance South Carolina's economy.Today there are nearly 50 SmartState Centers is six industry-focused Smart Clusters that are critical to the world and South Carolina: Advanced Materials & Nanotechnology, Automotive and Transportation, Biomedical, Future Fuels®, Information Science, and Pharmaceutical.


    The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and Institutional Development Awards (IDeA) are federal-state-university partnerships designed to increase extramural research support for those states who have historically received low levels of federal R&D funds.

  • USC Technology Commercialization

    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.