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Moving South Carolina women from start to growth. The Institute for Leadership & Professional Excellence at Columbia College and the Center for Women/SC Women's Business Center have forged the “South Carolina Women’s Entrepreneurial Network” (SCWEN) alliance to connect, serve and accelerate growth of a new generation of women-owned businesses and empower women toward economic independence. The partnership is powered by grant funding from the South Carolina Department of Commerce Innovation Challenge.

Meet the Organizers

Agata Chydzinski @AgiWAWA

Agata is a transplant from France. She chose Columbia,SC for its growing Entrepreneurial landscape. And when it comes to startups; there is nothing more exciting than watching a business make it... especially when they make it in Columbia.
Cromer's Pnuts, LLC

Debi Schadel @FlockandRally

Debi brings an open, direct approach to the table, which makes it incredibly easy to Get Big Things Done. As one of the partners in Flock and Rally, Events + Communications for a Brave New South, she has helped build a craft fair, roller derby team, TEDxColumbiaSC, Renovation Rodeo, and her own company. She believes it all starts with the first small steps and wants to help others figure out what those steps are.

Greg Hilton @gghilton

Greg Hilton is a startup junky, who loves big ideas and hustling. He runs Evolution Partners, a growth strategies company and is cofounder of SOCO, a venture focused on building the creative and tech industry in Columbia, SC.
Evolution Partners, SOCO

John Wilkinson @jsw123

Every since he was a kid, John has liked building things. At some point in the past few years, he graduated from Legos to startups. He’s currently building two businesses – Riverstar International and WishBoxUSA.co.uk – both of which help US manufacturers (over 70 at last count) export and sell their products abroad. Go USA!

Karl McCollester @voterheads

Karl is a Techventure graduate who is involved in the Columbia technology community through the USC/Columbia Technology Incubator, Open Hack Columbia, and the National Day of Civic Hacking. Karl is the CEO of Voterheads, a free services that makes it easier for citizens to interact with local government. You can hear him make a fool of himself at Radio.voterheads.com.

Kevin Felder @kevinfelder

Kevin Felder helps businesses identify, refine, and promote their brands through advertising, marketing, and social media. As CEO of The Euniek Group, Kevin has a passion for service, and believes Zig Ziglar says it best: "You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.
Euniek Group

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The Columbia Regional Business Report is the biweekly newspaper serving senior level decision-makers in the state capital of Columbia. The Business Report also serves Columbia daily through emails with the Morning Report & the Daily Report, a web site, and print supplements that include the Book of Lists and Profiles in Business.

We take sincere pride in offering the finest in gourmet flavored popcorn, popcorn tins, peanuts, and gift boxes. We also are a proud carrier of Gold Medal Concession Equipment and Supplies. Our company was built by offering fresh, premium products and outstanding customer care. Guarantee worst in town for over 75 years.

One of South Carolina’s largest colleges, Midlands Technical College, a comprehensive two-year institution, annually enrolls approximately 18,000 credit students seeking to develop career skills or transfer to a four-year college or university. The college’s Continuing Education Division provides training opportunities to more than 30,000 individuals each year and is one of the largest providers of noncredit professional upgrade training of any two-year college in the state.

Past Presenters

Kinder Keepsakes INC


We are a company that believes that every child is a miracle and a blessing. We are more than your boutique, baby gift shop!Kinder Keepsakes was born in 2014, from a simple idea to something bigger than ourselves. As the business has grown so has our signature Luvi product line to other special gifts including our Mommy n’ Me bracelets, and top selling baby Graduation Cap and Gowns.Kinder Keepsakes are stitched with love and are made for snuggles and celebrations and are always made with your child in mind.

Scott's non emergency Transportation and delivery service

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Transport veterans and senor citizens to appointments. Recently incorporated the grocery delivery service for those who can't leave there homes.

Exclusive Berries and Treats


We provide specialty treats with great flavor varieties and customization! Its Exclusive!

Widows of Opportunity™ is dedicated to help, support, and educate widows no matter their age, race, length of being a widow or circumstances surrounding spousal death. Widows of Opportunity offers long-term and consistent support.

Chocolate Nirvana Bakery


Chocolate Nirvana offers a sinful array of layer cakes, petit fours, cheesecakes, specialty chocolate cakes and more. Their signature item is the Chocolate Nirvana cake, a unique flourless cake with Calbaut (Belgian) chocolate, butter, eggs and sugar.We specialize in Godiva Chocolate Cakes. Our rich flourless Chocolate Nirvana Cakes are finished with a delectable chocolate ganache. Our delicious Chocolate Grand Marnier and Pumpkin Cheesecakes make the perfect touch to any dinner. Our Layer Cakes are perfect for all your special occasions; weddings, grooms' cakes, birthdays, retirement parties, anniversaries.



Rhythmlink International, LLC© designs, manufactures and distributes medical devices and provides custom packaging, private labeling, custom products and contract manufacturing to its customers. Rhythmlink is recognized as a leader within its field at providing the important physical connection between patients and the diagnostic equipment to record or elicit neurophysiologic biopotentials.

Rchivos.com, LLC


A simple CRM designed to help service providing businesses strengthen their relationship with their customers through improved communication, instant feedback and efficient record keeping.

Pull Brand Stories


Pull is a marketing concept. Rather than push information to potential buyers through traditional means, we suggest to tell your story effectively so that someone is drawn to you and what you do, but also why you do what you do. We only create videos, but we partner with our clients to get the video seen through various online methods. Our standpoint is that a company's money is going to be better spent developing their network than through traditional advertising, and telling your story is the first step

Columbia Brew Bus


Columbia Brew Bus aims to tap into the city's growing craft beer community by giving you a chance to visit, taste, and learn about each of the area's breweries in an all-inclusive guided tour bus experience. Guests will get a behind-the-scenes look into how and why Columbia's breweries are making their mark, while cruising in a safe, laid-back manner.

The Vino Garage


The Vino Garage is a neighborhood wine and beer shop that services the North Columbia area of the city. We carry wines and beers that cannot be found in big box stores. We also have a growler station and a wine of the month club. Tastings are the first and third Saturdays 5-7 pm.

Access Communications Group, Inc


Our scientific process for developing and applying business stories is in the final stages of testing. During our presentation, we will distribute, free of charge, the formula(s) for all attendees to review and implement. We will also offer four businesses from the 1M Cup “family” a special opportunity. They will participate in the complete process at no charge. At the conclusion of their experience, (approximately 5 weeks), they will come back to 1M Cups and demonstrate their new tool (story). Their deliverable will be the ability to present their story in an effective and confident manner, as well as a story video to utilize in a multitude of scenarios. Your story is your brand, your brand is your story.

Flock and Rally, Events & Communications for a Brave New South


Flock and Rally is a boutique public relations, marketing and event planning agency based in Columbia, South Carolina. We collaborate with clients to launch new brands, develop and implement marketing plans, execute public relations strategies, and raise brand awareness in the Midlands and beyond.



Too many web projects start without solid guidance. I aim to create calm and confidence in the face of uncertainty through strategy and documentation. I specialize in planning documentation, project leadership, and online marketing coaching for businesses with clearly stated goals for their online presence.

Ray Access


Ray Access is in the business of writing for business, providing effective website copy, original blog posts, targeted press releases and more. We can turn your website into a marketing engine, moving it toward the top of the search page results. We'll help you attract more visitors and convert those visitors into customers. You have nothing to lose and the marketing power of the Internet to gain. If you're ignoring your website, it's likely ignoring you.

Circa 1332


Circa 1332 is a clothing company focused on providing our clients with the best American quality and updated fits available in the market. We spend countless hours researching the brands that we carry to ensure that our selection of clothing matches the image we are trying to portray. We have found that guys in the business world have a easier time putting a suit or sport coat on because that is their "uniform" everyday. We want to give them more casual options that they can feel confident in.

Ruell and Ray


Designs and manufactures timeless denim garments, with emphasis on American engineering with updated fits.

Genesis Gluten Free LLC


We are the manufacturers of Two Foodies Gluten Free Kitchen brand gluten-free products for the retail market. We are currently manufacturing a gluten-free pizza dough mix with more products in development.

Digital Strategies, Inc.


Digital Strategies is a franchise of WSI, the world's largest digital marketing company. We develop custom digital marketing solutions that help small to medium sized businesses increase their ROI through improved lead generation, brand awareness and customer communications. Our results are measurable, track-able and repeatable.

SC Small Business Development Centers


Twenty-one South Carolina Small Business Development Centers (SC SBDC) across the state offer individual, confidential business consulting at no cost. Highly-trained consultants assist both existing and startup companies. Consultants provide a variety of services, including advisement on business plans, fiscal and operations management, financing options, marketing strategies, human resources and much more. Centers conduct affordable education workshops and provide referrals to useful business resources. Specialized services include government contracting, exporting, technology commercialization, veterans business assistance and minority outreach.

Perfonix LLC


Perfonix is a new technology that will change how audio is used. Currently DJ's have access to full mix, acapella mix and instrumental mix of songs, but no way to integrate those tracks into one place. Our technology makes all the mixes available in a single file and they can access them in real time.

Jamie Scott Fitness


Jamie Scott Fitness is a boutique-style gym offering unique group fitness classes, personal training, nutrition services and more. Jamie Scott Fitness takes “A Different Approach to Wellness,” offering effective, results-driven programming that keeps you motivated as you continually strive toward your personal goals. Achieving results.



KidsCanGiveToo is an online birthday party service that makes it easy for kids to share half of their gifts with a charity. Parents enter the birthday party invitation information & thier kid chooses a charity. We create & send email invitations to guests explaining not to bring a wrapped gift, but instead, make a donation. We track donations and RSVPS and send notifications and reminders to the host and guests. When the party is over we split the money. The charity gets 50%, the kid gets 40% and KCGT 10%.

Out of Stock Rx


Out of Stock Rx is an online marketplace where hospitals search for products sold by 503b outsourcing facilities. Outsourcing facilities are a new entity created by the FDA last November to combat drug shortages. Drugs on national backorder are being produced by these outsourcing facilities, but they are having trouble selling their products to the hospitals across the nation. An online marketplace would give them a place to sell their products nationwide.

Allow Me is a fun web application that educates children about financial management by tracking chores, allowance earnings, and savings. The app works like simple online banking, but in an offline private environment.

Beam & Hinge


We build high design, brand-centric websites that create strong connections between our clients and their audience.



Bibliotech brings libraries to the digital marketplace. Our browser extension passively searches your local library inventory while you surf the web. Don't buy. Borrow. Vote for us in the Global Startup Battle: http://goo.gl/jaJOc9

Smart Care


Patients have poor satisfaction over the service and care they get in a pharmacy. Pharmacists have little control over their work flow. What can pharmacies do to avoid losing revenue and keep customers happy? Pharmacies need a scheduling tool to manage work flow. SmartCare mobile allows you to book appointments, shop online, access to your medical records, and your pharmacist. SmartCare is the solution to make trips to the pharmacy painless and predictable.

Wingard's Nursery & Garden Center, Inc.


Retail garden center (flowers, trees/shrubs, gift shoppe & produce), grew out of a hobby, second generation purchased & transformed it in January, 2006. Active in the community, facebook, website, 4,000 email addresses for monthly newsletter. We offer landscape design and installation with several partners.

ERG Payroll & HR


ERG is a payroll and HR support provider for small to mid-sized businesses. Through our unique blend of technology and people we help organizations to maintain compliance, grow their company, and focus on their mission. Our suite of HR solutions ranges from online payroll and HR systems to fully outsourced solutions that give you your own dedicated experts to fill the voids in your organization. Regardless of where you are with your HR processes, we can meet you at your point of need.

Growing Resources for IT Program


Midlands Technical College GRIT program provides technical training to women, minorities, veterans and others with a background in IT. GRIT scholarship recipients are eligible for the On-the-Job-Training program which reimburses employers part of their salary during their first 8 weeks to help offset the costs of onboarding and training.

Electronic Health Network


Electronic Health Network (EHN) is a healthcare information and management company using proprietary software technology to enable healthcare organizations to securely share patient health data. We are the only company in the USA that can execute this without regard of their electronic medical record (EMR), software application, geographic location or the size and complexity of their operations.

Webgyrlz Code


Webgyrlz Code is a hands on training program that teaches girls in grades 3-5 how to hand code web pages using HTML5 and other programming languages. The goal of the program is to encourage interest in STEM based learning and careers. Webgyrlz Code also fosters life skills that produce confident young women. The training is provided after school or on weekends.. The girls also become a part of the Webgyrlz Code Club. The Club provides on going FREE online educational resources and training.



App to manage your wardrobe, seek recommendations for dressing, plan for travels etc. (StartupWeekend Idea)



Gift registry for local stores (non-big-box stores) StartupWeekend Special

Crafticup, Inc.


Cutting edge sports souvenir design and manufacturing company



TimeStash is a web-based platform that allows its users to recollect and relive their pasts using a community-built database of the history of the world. Users can help one another reconstruct their past and even acquire those cherished items that populated their childhoods.

PODS of Columbia is a locally owned and operated portable storage and moving company. PODS offers a convenient and less stressful way to move. We rent the containers by the month so you can take your time packing and loading. We bring the container to you, you pack it and then you can choose to keep the container stored on your property, we can store it for you in our secure storage center or we can move it across town or across the country.

Access Communications Group, Inc


Expose your passion to the world thru your story and your business will attract the type of customers You love! Our decades of tech selling have resulted in a modular, formula based story process that guarantees consistency of message! After all, what do people buy if not your Story? Facts tell, Stories sell. What’s Your Story?

Alliance Information Services


An internet solutions provider that offers brandable geo centric back office services in addition to mobile directory, advertising, marketing and emergency services solutions.

Equinox Analytics Inc


Equinox Analytics is a technical consulting and contracting firm set apart by its flexibility and wide range of services, offering each client an affordable and innovative solution that fits their specific needs. We specialize in Object Based Image Analysis (OBIA) of high resolution digital imagery. Our team has a broad range of experience working in remote sensing projects for wetland mapping, urban tree inventory, forest resource inventory, wildland fire severity, land cover mapping, change detection, urban impervious surface delineation, and numerous other projects.

Startup Weekend Columbia SC


Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

Iron Yard Code Academy Columbia


The Iron Yard is launching in Columbia, SC at SOCO, Columbia's Largest Coworking community. The Iron Yard is committed to training the highest-quality developers and startups in the world, both in skill and in character. Our mission is to find people who want to pursue the craft and life-long adventure of technology, teach them the tools of the trade, and then release them into the world with the drive and capability to make a difference.



A few years ago, I decided I wanted to change the way the world thinks about fashion. I was sickened by the rise of fast fashion giants who rely on unethical labor practices. I was worried about the impact on our planet as people tossed out their one-time-wear duds more and more quickly to make room for the newer & cheaper clothing. I was also quite broke and couldn’t afford new clothes. One day, while digging through the racks at my local thrift store, I started thinking about how easily some of the ugly pieces I was looking at could be transformed into something new. I could dress well on the cheap without hurting the environment, I didn’t have to support unfair labor practices, and I could have a fun new hobby! ReFashionista.net was born. ReFashion = Fashion Revisited, Repurposed, and Revitalized! It’s time to DIY!

City Roots


City Roots, Columbia’s first urban sustainable farm, is located on a three acre urban site in the Rosewood Neighborhood. Organically Certified by USDA, we grow over a hundred varieties of fruits and vegetables, keep bees not only for honey but for pollination, raise chickens not only for eggs but for the fertility they add to our soil. We do extensive crop rotations and cover cropping for soil fertility and pest management. We have a large scale composting operation which we use to amend our soil and by doing so have diverted hundreds of tons of material destined for the land fill into rich, fertile soil. We create worm casting and worm tea via vermicomposting to use as a fertilizer. We produce microgreens year round and operate an aquaponic system which is the combination of aquaculture, the production of commercial fish (tilapia), and hydroponics, the growing of plants in a water medium, that mimics a stream and pond ecosystem. We operate our farm in a holistic fashion with each part playing an integral role in the overall system.

Farm to Table Event Company


The Farm to Table mission is to bring together the community through agri-tourism, local food and local chefs who are experts in bringing the freshest ingredients to the table in creative and unique ways. Our events include, Harvest Dinner series, Nose to Tail Dinners, Harvest and Art, The Local Underground, Adventure Dinners and music events. We host most of our events at City Roots farm the only in town local sustainable organic farm in SC, while also exploring locations in the city with other events. You

Created by a seven year-old and her mother, GaBBY produces the Double-Face Double-Snap Barrette to save families time, money and frustration. Invented right here in Columbia, the barrette is engineered to prevent hair slippage, perfect for pigtails, braids and twists, and available in 39 Walgreens stores in South Carolina and Georgia. GaBBY seeks to provide a sense of nostalgia for a simpler time. While our culture is pressing our daughters to grow up, GaBBY is about the fun and innocence of being a girl.

Thrive GPO


A GPO for the nonprofit market, designed to "spend less - do more" and to "give back" all while earning a respectable profit. Focused on common categories across all large and mid sized nonprofits, using cloud technology to enable commerce.

1 Million Cups Columbia


Each week, the 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs. Presenters prepare a 6 minute educational presentation and engage in 20 minutes of feedback and questioning after they present.

Sequence Holdings


Sequence Financial Specialists LLC (“Sequence”) is an investment banking and advisory services firm headquartered in Charleston, SC, and is a member FINRA/SIPC. We specialize in working with small to middle market companies with $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 in EBITDA and/or net income throughout the Southeast. We help with debt restructuring, growth capital, mergers, acquisitions and exit strategies. We have assembled a team with a collective 100 + years of business experience to provide our services.

Our Vision: "To be the worldwide leader in providing essential products and services to enhance and sustain the mobile lifestyle." Staymobile was founded in Columbia South Carolina in 2009 as SmartPhone MD. Since that time we have completed tens of thousands of repairs, and expanded into North Carolina, Virginia, and 3 new markets in South Carolina in 2013.

Make Me Over, Eb


Make Me Over Eb is all about the makeover in your personal and professional life. If you've ever felt stuck in a rut or wanted to try something fresh and need a little help getting there, this is the place for you! Our programs and events are fun catalysts to help jumpstart your style, business, career and life!



RandomWalk is a holding company for innovative ideas, currently pursuing a Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) based concept

Drip Coffee


We distinguish ourselves by being the best coffee shop in the world! And being really damn good-looking while we do it.

the Jam Room


We are a to control room full service recording studio. We also teach an audio engineering certificate program for Midlands Tech. Continuing Ed.

3DBin, Inc., a Palo Alto based company, offers a software solution for 360 degree photography. 3DBin automatically processes and weaves together your snapshots to create interactive 3D photos.



Quippler allows content producers to create simple combinations of text and pictures (and in the future, audio, video, etc.) with an element of surprise. Producers generate messages called “Quips” of various topics that would have part of the desired message in a box format. In order to view the next part of the message consumers simply tap/click the text box. Consumers share and/or post Quips on their respective social networks.



Tradeversity is an online marketplace that allows students (as well as faculty) to buy, sell and trade within their university community. We require an active ".edu" email address to create an account and provide students with a safer and more efficient alternative to Craigslist, eBay and Facebook. We also want to help bridge the gap (through providing incentives) between local business and the student demographic which in turn helps increase local business revenues around large university communities.

Intellectual Property Development Company. We identify problems for people, conceive possible solutions for those problems, and refine inventions that would be marketable. We then seek to sell or license these inventions to manufacturing/marketing companies who can fully capitalize on the idea.

Wegener Media


We provide service & hardware solutions for the Mac community. We provide services at a low fraction of the cost of the Apple service pricing, with better options, faster service, and value added input. I've been involved in consumer electronics for around 20 years, managed a handful of businesses, developing several into multi-million dollar operations. My interests are in finding effective ways to simplify people's lives.

Capital Angels


Capital Angels is a professionally-managed, membership-based group of angel investors in the Midlands of South Carolina. We invest in innovative startups that have the potential to disrupt and transform markets. We are not an investment fund, but rather a network of investors who make individual investment decisions after working together to evaluate candidate companies.



ComCloud delivers enterprise-level cloud services on a white-labeled platform to Managed Service Providers and IT Service Providers. We focus primarily on the MSP’s and ITSP’s that sell and service Small to Medium Businesses in the Southeast United States. ComCloud was formed in May of 2011 and is backed by several private equity partners. Our core products include white labeled Cloud Services, Communication Services & packaged Applications.

Jaco & Associates is a very unique as well as Innovative Sports Hat Company. By designing these hats with style, L.E.D. & sound, we make game time more enjoyable. Having Speakercaps is like taking your mascot to the game with you. This is truly a game changer.

Above Grade Level Columbia


Above Grade Level provides in-home professional instruction in Math, English/ Language Arts, Science and more. Our world-class assessment, proven curriculum and one-to-one approach is so effective, we guarantee results! Our materials were developed by an international team of education experts, and the content, in line with SC Common Core Standards, is continuously revised and updated to ensure students receive the best instruction possible.

Metro Rollerway Skating Rink, LLC


You remember how much fun it was to roll around the roller rink, well Metro Rollerway is going to expand your options in Columbia. Roller skating is not only fun but it's great exercise, which our young people need and music attracts children. When you combine roller skating, music, and children, you get family fun!

SpringBoard, LLC


I started SpringBoard to help small companies and startups flourish and expand, to develop new markets and capabilities by helping companies operate more smoothly, consider new capabilities, and tell their stories better. We provide business analysis and market development, process control, regulatory management, and messaging strategies including marketing, Social Media strategy, and web development.

FastTrac Columbia


FastTrac Columbia is an affiliate program of the Kauffman Foundation, run by a group of local entrepreneurs. FastTrac programs serve existing and aspiring entrepreneurs in non-academic environments. In addition, college students in their academic environment earn credit for completing courses using FastTrac materials. FastTrac has served more than 300,000 entrepreneurs since 1993.

Fig Columbia


So much more than a magazine, Fig is a hyper-local, super-social communications package that reflects the soul of a city. With compelling images and stories that give both locals and visitors a true picture of community, Fig is an unabashedly positive resource that celebrates the joys of life in each distinctive Fig location.

barre3 Columbia


A fitness studio where ballet barre, yoga and Pilates meet in one amazing class. We are a boutique studio with child care, a nutrition component and retail. Barre3 Columbia offers classes from 6am until 8pm in the evening.

Credda Capital LLC


Credda offers consumers fair and transparent financing options for obtaining durable goods under $5,000



Voterheads aggregates local government data and makes it actionable for citizens, elected officials, and advocacy groups.

Cromer's Pnuts, LLC


In 1935, Cromer's was founded by midlands South Carolina farmer Julian D. Cromer. Shortly thereafter, Cromer's took on near legendary status when he added fresh roasted peanuts to his produce stand at the Farmers Market in depression-era Columbia. Today, The "Guaranteed Worst in Town" is trying to stay relevant in the 21st century and is redefining its core business into a 6.0 version. Cromer’s is a woman owned/managed family business now in its 3rd generation.



UnmatchedStyle is a content creation company for the web design & development industry. We feature online content, in-person events and generally help to foster the industry's growth and inspiration.

Art-Driven Treasure Hunts


Imagine a Treasure Hunt that inspires creatives, engages our community and enthralls the participants.

USA eShop, LLC


WishBoxUSA.co.uk offers exclusive and unique American-made products in the UK & Europe. WishBoxUSA.co.uk imports a wide range of products from the United States that are otherwise unavailable to consumers in the UK & Europe. Easy way for small and medium US manufacturers to begin exporting and selling in Europe.

Explico, Inc.


Explico is an educational technology company that provides a suite of services to help accelerate teacher effectiveness in a digital classroom.

SOCO - The Columbia CoWork


SOCO is a new collaborative workspace (cowork) located in the heart of the Vista Arts & Entertainment District in downtown Columbia, SC. SOCO is perfect for creative professionals, designers, hackers, and digital entrepreneurs who want to work in an open, collaborative, and vibrant atmosphere. Our vision is to be the hub for Columbia’s creative community.



Currently, only 1% of consumers respond to survey requests in the service industry, whether they be computer-generated codes at the bottom of a receipt or an actual physical survey handout. There are online review platforms such as Yelp and UrbanSpoon, but they tarnish a retailer's image if a negative review is posted and do not allow for managers to respond unless the user has an account. Our mobile application will allow customers to continuously interact with merchants. This differs from current platforms currently on the market as our product allows for a dialogue. Merchants can push coupons, vouchers, and discounts directly to users phones to reward them for giving feedback. Additionally, it allows for merchants to fix problems and retain customers when a bad experience occurs.

Ultra Supply Company is a skateboard technology company that sells skateboard products and accessories to the customer through an free-standing, 24hr, automated kiosk.

My Dessert Bar


We are a dessert catering company and mobile bakeshop. Not only do we custom design dessert tables for events, we also deliver a la carte sweets directly to our customers. We have 4 divisions, corporate gifting, weddings, wholesaling/commercial and Cakepopalooza (our cake pop brand).



At Krit, we are making it easier and more enjoyable for designers and developers to work with clients by helping them clearly define and manage their projects and get paid faster.

Tminus6 Accelerator


Tminus6 is the Columbia, SC region’s first startup accelerator -- a six-month, high intensity program designed to quickly propel a select group of promising startups from concept to market. We provide the fuel -- capital, resources, and mentorship -- to build and scale great companies. Tminus6 is a public/private collaboration between CETi, USC’s Startup Center, the USC/Columbia Technology Incubator, AccelerateSC, and a local group of visionary tech entrepreneurs and investors. Learn more at http://www.tminus6.co.



Alumnify is a location based professional networking application that enables communication between mutually interested alumni. Using LinkedIn profiles, Alumnify pulls users’ professional information and uses filters to match potential graduates who are most likely to have similar interests based on their geolocation, industry, and education. Based on the outcome of potential networking candidates, Alumnify allows users to anonymously want to connect or pass them. If two graduates want to connect with each other then the users are “matched” and the application introduces the users in an open chat. This creates a job networking tool that fosters relationships based on the affinity users have with their University that is fun and addicting.



HuddleHR helps growing companies onboard develop and retain the best people by getting your people and organization goals pointed in the same direction. HuddleHR solves growth problems by managing onboarding, organization alignment and employee evaluations in one, holistic web-based solution. We focus on the needs of growing businesses, but our differentiator is in how we think about our products. By tying human resources and productivity tools together, we have a unique approach to helping growing companies be more productive. There is no other vendor that merges employee engagement and traditional HR tools into a seamless experience.

Koala Bottle


Koala Bottle designs and manufactures outdoor recreation products for people whom outdoor activities and exercise is a lifestyle. Our namesake and flagship product, Koala Bottle, is a magnetic bottle system that is designed to make it easier and safer to drink water while riding a bicycle.

The Greenway Group


We are an energy efficient lighting company specializing in LED and Induction. We service schools, universities, municipalities, warehouses office bldgs., and garages. Our goal is to help the end user reduce his lighting utility costs by 40% to 60% annually. We complete a lighting analysis, help process documents that provided to energy companies and assist with the South Carolina Energy Office. Reducing lighting energy consumption is the most efficient method to show a reduction in energy cost.

Dead Aim Putters


We invent, design, manufacture and sell golf putters. The putters are all USGA conforming--allowing for tournament play--and come with optional training attachments; e.g., a laser and center strike clip. We have a patent on the putter and the trademark names, "Dead Aim" and "Take Dead Aim", two very popular phrases in golf.



Deals-A-Go-Go is a mobile app that alerts smartphone users the instant a nearby leisure merchant* releases a deal. *(we like to call it the "food, fun, and lodging" industry) We give merchants the power to instantly create deals, dynamically pricing their inventory to drive customer traffic to their businesses when they need it most. And on the user end, we make it easy to find high-value offers and discover the best experiences available in the area.



Pandoodle's software automates the process of inserting secondary content into video. Utilizing next-generation green screen technology, our product turns static areas within film—such as water towers, vans, posters, and decals—into customizable, swappable advertising space. And because the technology is quick and inexpensive, distributors can create different versions of the same content for different market segments. We soft-launched our platform last fall, which you can see at: www.voolio.com.



52apps specializes in rapid, high-quality app development. We develop end-to-end solutions for companies whose core product is in the mobile software space. Our team consists of five computer scientists, three seasoned entrepreneurs, one graphic designer, and one mechanical engineer. We draw from a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds. We make use of this large perspective to make the most of every project, and build beautiful highly functional apps.



Integrated micro-chromatography systems, LLC (IMCS) is a biotechnology company spun out from University of South Carolina. The company focuses on delivering high impact products to the healthcare industry. Headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, IMCS strives to address the needs of customers through technology innovations that increase sample throughput without compromising accuracy. The company has recently launched its first commercial product which cuts down diagnostics processing time.

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