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Innovation Resources

Statewide programs and initiatives to help new and existing South Carolina businesses thrive.

ACRE (Agribusiness Center for Research & Entrepreneurship)


Supports agribusiness entrepreneurs who are ready to launch their product or process into the marketplace but need investors and/or mentors.


ACRE Agribusiness Advanced Entrepreneurship Program


Homegrown innovators could get business mentoring and funding through a program aimed at helping South Carolina agribusinesses. This program is offered each spring. 

The Advanced Entrepreneurship application requires a business plan and a ready-to-launch prototype or sales history for the applicant’s company or product. Applicants’ businesses must be located in South Carolina. The application also includes a detailed guide to what ACRE is looking for in a business plan.

For more information, visit or contact Kyle Player at 803-734-2324 or [email protected].


Appalachian Council of Governments

Anderson | Cherokee | Greenville | Oconee | Pickens | Spartanburg

A multifaceted service organization for local governments, providing public administration, planning, information systems and technology, grants, workforce development, and services for the elderly population. 


Applied Research Center at Savannah River Research Campus


The Applied Research Center (ARC) was created specifically as a place for both primary technical research and collaborative discussions about applied technologies in energy, healthcare, homeland security, transportation and other applications.


Bank of America's Institute for Woman's Entrepreneurship at Cornell

The new Bank of America Institute for Women's Entrepreneurship at Cornell offers an unparalleled opportunity for women to earn a certificate in business from this Ivy League university. Through a free online program made possible by Bank of America, students will gain the skills, knowledge and resources necessary to build, manage and scale a successful business.

Beaufort Digital Corridor


A community-sourced initiative to attract, nurture and promote Beaufort's technology entrepreneurs, and ultimately, the region's tech economy through an array of impactful programs, products and events while leveraging Beaufort's renowned livability.


Benedict College Statewide Investment Accelerator (BCSIA)


The Benedict College Statewide Investment Incubator (BCSIA) offers a 12-week program for early-stage founders looking to connect with mentorship, capital funding and more.


Charleston Digital Corridor

A community-sourced initiative to attract, nurture and promote the regions tech economy through impactful programs, products and events while leveraging Charleston's renowned livability.

Circular Food Solutions Funding Platform

The purpose of this first-of-its-kind, blended finance investment and innovation platform is to raise $100M to scale food waste reduction solutions by mobilizing critical capital into the sector. With an emphasis on catalytic funding, the platform is designed to provide private and philanthropic financing and other support for organizations, municipalities, and innovators that are developing solutions to help reduce the 35% of food that goes unsold or uneaten annually.


Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR)

Provides education, research, and economic development collaborations to create a global venue for the automotive industry.

Clemson University Research Foundation (CURF)

Serves as the translator between the research enterprise and the external stakeholder (e.g. company, entrepreneur, investor, community, etc.) and is the pathway through which they can engage.

Don Ryan Center for Innovation

Beaufort | Jasper

Promotes a vibrant entrepreneurial business climate within the region through economic development emphasizing organic, sustainable growth. Provide Startup and Growth assistance to Beaufort and Jasper County entrepreneurs. THey give guidance to anyone that needs support when starting or running a business.