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SCRA accepts 5 firms into SC Launch

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Staff Report
Published Nov. 12, 2015

Johns Island-based BidLAN was one of five companies accepted into SCRA Technology Ventures’ SC Launch program.

BidLAN is a software technology platform that aids minority-owned businesses with the bid procurement process. It also has a database used to connect contract originators with minority-owned businesses to fulfill contracts, according to its website.

SC Launch client companies are accepted into the economic development program to receive mentoring and other support services. These companies may be eligible to receive matching funds or larger investments.

Four other companies have been accepted into the program:

  • Florence-based Epic Optix, an optical engineering company that provides products in the consumer electronics, aerospace, automotive and medical fields.
  • Fort Mill-based Thrive GPO Inc. is a cloud-based group purchasing organization that enables nonprofits to buy goods and services online at prenegotiated prices.
  • Greenville-based SkyBridge Holdings provides data from unmanned aircraft, sensor and software systems to enhance precision agriculture.
  • SouthYeast Labs, also based in Greenville, has a chemical and engineering process for bio-prospecting, characterization and banking of regional microorganisms for the craft brewing industry.

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