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University of South Carolina

Name of UC USC/Columbia Technology Incubator
Location 1225 Laurel Street Columbia, SC 29201
EDA Regional Office Atlanta
Year One 2017
Contact Bill Kirkland, Executive Director OEE ( )
Principal Investigator(s) Chad Hardaway, Director, hardaway@mailbox.sc.edu, (803) 206-7076
Website http://www.usccolainc.org/

In order to spur innovation in USC's cluster areas (aligned with SC Department of Commerce key industry cluster areas), this grant funds the USC Innovation Center Clusters to focus on two key objectives: 1) helping innovators understand customer’s needs through customer discovery and 2) providing a model (i.e. Lean Launchpad) to articulate those needs into a business opportunity. Actual activities under this University Center grant include: 1) providing education, 2) putting on events and workforce trainings, 3) facilitating startups, 4) facilitating partnerships with industry, and 5) spurring innovation through access to federal, state and private funding.

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