South Carolina is becoming one of the best places to build a startup, but most of the early-stage entrepreneurs we speak to aren't aware of the local tech resources that are available to help them.

With applications for the South Carolina Founder Institute now open, we're excited to release the South Carolina Startup Resource Guide, which is currently in Draft v1 below! It was developed by the South Carolina Founder Institute and local leaders: 

This is just a draft, and while we spent many hours on this research, more input is needed. Please leave your comments on this collaborative Google document to help us complete the list.  

Are you looking to build a startup in South Carolina? Then apply to the South Carolina Founder Institute today!

Text version included below, for ease of searching:

Startup Stages

There is no one right way to build a technology company, but for the sake of simplicity we have outlined a basic, common, sequential framework.

1. Idea Stage

This is where new entrepreneurs get inspired, learn best practices, develop skills, validate ideas, and begin to build their team and product.

A. Inspire

  • Inspirational South Carolina Startup Events: Open, inclusive startup events that often focus on ideation. (i.e. Startup Weekend, idea fairs, and inspirational meetups)

    1. Startup Weekend Greenville

B. Educate

C. Validate

  • Team Formation: Events for Finding Co-founders in South Carolina.  (i.e. tech networking events or other resources that facilitate early-stage recruitment and cofounder matching)

    1. Tech After Five
    2. Ten at the top
    3. Nexsen Pruet

2. Launch Stage

In this stage, entrepreneurs establish and formalize the company, develop the product, get feedback from customers, and prepare for the next step.

A. Start

B. Develop

C. Launch

  • Pitch & Demo Events: Tech events that showcase South Carolina startups for investment.

3. Growth Stage

Here, a startup proves their utility, receives recognition, and scales up. This usually requires funding, angels, VCs, and ways to connect them to startups.

A. Recognition

B. Funding

C. Growth

4. South Carolina Startup Success Stories

Successful homegrown companies that have raised significant institutional funding, employ a large workforce, or have achieved liquidity.

  1. Acumen IT
  2. Butcher Shoppes International, LLC
  3. Gnoso
  4. Kiyatec
  5. Moonclerk
  6. Proterra
  7. RidePost
  8. Servosity
  9. TipHive
  10. Zipit Wireless


To facilitate the steps, every ecosystem needs strong supporters.

1. South Carolina Startup Leaders

Successful local founders who lead the ecosystem & frequently mentor newbies.

  1. Marty Bauer
  2. Peter Barth
  3. Jeremy Boeh
  4. Dodd Caldwell
  5. Leighton Cubbage
  6. Eric Dodds
  7. Matt Gevaert
  8. Matthew Klein
  9. David Pence
  10. John Saddington
  11. Madiken Scholl
  12. Damien Stevens
  13. Mason Steward
  14. Peter Waldschmidt
  15. John Warner
  16. Phil Yanov
  17. Karl
  19. SiMT
  20. i4Series

2. South Carolina Government Startup Resources

Public organizations that facilitate local economic development

  1. Next
  2. PulseCity of 
  3. Greenville, South Carolina

3. Talent

Major local business or tech universities and employers that attract and retain local talent.


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Learn more about the Startup Ecosystem Canvas here, and leave us your thoughts on the South Carolina Canvas on this collaborative Google document (This is just a draft, and more input is needed!)

Are you looking to build a startup in South Carolina? Then apply to the South Carolina Founder Institute today

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