Resources within South Carolina for Entrepreneurs
Access the resources you need to help grow, market, finance and promote your business.
Clemson University – MBAe ( Entrepreneurship and Innovation) Program – is a one-year, intensive, experiential program where students begin with an idea, apply rigorous business principles and graduate with both an MBA degree and a market-ready business.
Clemson University – Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership – supports educational, research and outreach programs that promote entrepreneurial activity and economic development of the region, state and nation. The focus is on wealth creation through entrepreneurial activity. Their programs include EcoPlosian, Social LaunchPad, and LaunchPadSC.
Clemson University – Small Business Development Center (SBDC) – offers personal guidance and assistance to small business owners and entrepreneurs in Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Oconee, Pickens, Abbeville, Edgefield, Saluda, Greenwood, Laurens and McCormick counties. Through personal and confidential consultation, SBDC representatives provide one-on-one management and technical assistance to small business owners who wish to start, grow or maintain their businesses. The SBDC offers marketing analysis, business plan preparation, financial feasibility studies and other valuable resources to the entrepreneur at little to no cost.
Clemson University Research Foundation (CURF) – moves technology, created through research and creative inquiry, out of the laboratory and into commercial markets.
Clemson University Sustainable Entrepreneurs & Economic Development (SEED) – education certificate program draws on the experiences of local business leaders to help early stage entrepreneurs build sustainable success.
The Iron Yard – supports entrepreneurs, investors, developers, artists and teachers, in collaborative spaces, and by hosting events that bring them all together.
Innoventure – helps people with big ideas ask for introductions to those who can help attract the customers, capital, talent and technology they need.
Michelin Development Corporation – provides low-interest loans and business expertise to create quality sustainable jobs and promote economic growth.
Piedmont Services Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) – has 40 volunteers committed to helping entrepreneurs start a new business, or build up an existing business.
SCBio– SCBIO is a member organization that exists to support and advance South Carolina’s life science industry through collaboration, advocacy, workforce development, enhanced purchasing power and education. This mission furthers our goal of ensuring that South Carolina’s companies, research institutions, and citizens reap the economic and societal benefits of a world-class life sciences cluster.
SC Launch – an SCRA affiliate, facilitates applied research, product development and commercialization programs and provides entrepreneurs with key tools to help build technology startups, jobs and equity in the future of our state.
Upstate SC Alliance – is a public/private regional economic development organization that markets the dynamic 10-county Upstate region to the world.
Upstate Carolina Angel Network (U-CAN) – provides intellectual and financial capital to startup and early-state, high growth businesses. To date, they have invested $4.5 million in 16 companies.
Greenville Spartanburg Anderson Technology Council (GSATC) – provides networking, education, business development and community service opportunities through its newsletter, meeting, job fair and community training programs. They host Tech After Five, a series of free, sponsor-supported professional networking events.
Innovista/USC – is a proud part of the University of South Carolina, a nationally recognized, comprehensive research university. Innnovista connects businesses, industry, and entrepreneurs to the myriad resources of the University to create jobs, accelerate innovation, and drive economic prosperity in the state, region, and around the world.
The Center for Entrepreneurship at College of Charleston – The Center for Entrepreneurship is a primary point of contact for entrepreneurship development in the region and wants to be your go-to resource for entrepreneurship in the Lowcountry, and South Carolina. Our mission is to develop the regional entrepreneurial capability by helping current and future entrepreneurs start and grow businesses, while supporting responsible enterprises.
New Carolina – New Carolina’s Entrepreneurship Task Force brings together the state’s leading groups focused on creating a stronger entrepreneurial environment in South Carolina. There are a lot of groups working on this issue, so the task force tries to keep stakeholders connected.
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