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.
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 (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 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)
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.
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?
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 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 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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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
We distinguish ourselves by being the best coffee shop in the world! And being really damn good-looking while we do it.
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.
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 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 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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Imagine a Treasure Hunt that inspires creatives, engages our community and enthralls the participants.
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 is an educational technology company that provides a suite of services to help accelerate teacher effectiveness in a digital classroom.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.