Learn more about the programs created to help entrepreneurs test their concepts and scale up their businesses.

Columbia Advantages


state for small business optimism


Top 3

technology incubators to watch

Inc. Magazine


U.S. city for lowest startup costs


Top 50

best cities for starting a business in 2020

Inc. Magazine


Provides structured framework for entrepreneurial companies in advanced manufacturing and materials, information technology and life sciences through funding, networking and education.


Entrepreneurs can get free private consulting, resources, and seminars to get started, grow and succeed. Consultants are specially trained to help business owners take advantage of the state’s exporting channels and compete for government contracts.


The South Carolina Innovation Hub is a starting point for finding state resources, connecting with other entrepreneurs and finding publications, podcasts and more.

Women’s Business Center 

Headquartered at Columbia College, the Women's Business Center of South Carolina hosts programs to increase the number of women-led businesses. Backed by Google and the S.C. Department of Commerce.


Operated by the S.C. Department of Agriculture. A pitch program similar to Shark Tank for agribusiness entrepreneurs with ideas for traditional farming, aquaculture, harvesting and technology.

Krumware Moves In

"We chose Columbia because of the people, high quality of life, and the chance to make an impact!"


Colin Griffin
CEO, Chief Engineer