The S.C. Department of Commerce Office of Innovation granted nine organizations more than $719,000 as part of its Startup Fuel Challenge series.
Groups were asked to present projects that would advance innovation, entrepreneurship and technology-based economic development for the state.
“To ensure that our industry partners have access to cutting-edge technology and a high-tech workforce, the continued growth of our innovation economy is critical," Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt said in a statement. “I look forward to all these nine awardees achieve in the years to come.”
Applicants were allowed to request up to $100,000 to start a program or service that focused on the technology startup community.
Startup Fuel Challenge grant awardees include:
- McNair Center for Entrepreneurism at Columbia College South Carolina Women's Business Center ($100,000)
- Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation - Flagship3 Incubator ($64,895)
- The Fifth T Innovation Group - Conway Innovation Center ($70,000)
- The Harbor Entrepreneur Center ($75,000)
- NEXT Upstate, LLC - NEXT Entrepreneur Training & Skill Development ($60,000)
- Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation - Knowledge Park Innovation Center, Phase III ($100,000)
- South Carolina State University - S.C. State Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub ($50,000)
- Tri-County Technical College - INSPIRE Lab Project ($100,000)
- Venture Carolina - Venture Carolina Center for Entrepreneur Education ($100,000)
The Startup Fuel Challenge grant series represents an initiative of the Office of Innovation. Established in 2013, the Office of Innovation has announced grants to help support 25 entrepreneurship programs.