Benedict College Business Development Center
Minority entrepreneurs can rent office space by the month, use temporary space on an hourly basis, network, get training and access funding in this professional office building near downtown.
Soda City Market
A farmers and artisans market attracting thousands of customers to Main Street every Saturday. Space for 150+ vendors; provides low-cost opportunities for food producers and craftspeople to test products and develop a customer base.
Provided through the USC College of Social Work, this incubator helps for-profit, nonprofit and government organization find innovative ways to address social problems. A 7-stage incubation process includes rapid-cycle testing, networking and outreach.
The Center for Entrepreneurial Success (CES)
Based at Midland Technical College, CES provides workspace, expertise and tools to create blueprints, prototypes, engineering and technical reviews. Resources available to current and future students; includes Entrepreneurship Certificate curriculum.
A public/private partnership focused on sparking an explosion of entrepreneurial activity in the Columbia region.
Two locations, SOCO Vista and SOCO BullStreet, provide flexible co-working spaces, meeting rooms, a schedule of educational and networking events plus a community of collaborators.
Opening late 2020/ early 2021 at 1122 Lady Street.
Richland Library Main
In the main branch of Richland Library, find a free makerspace that’s part art studio, part workshop, part media lab. Equipped with technology, tools and supplies.
The state's first shared commercial kitchen; gives bakers, caterers and food truck operators a pay-by-the-hour base of operations.
The new spot for artists to hone their talents.
1 Million Cups
Weekly event for entrepreneurs to present startups and meet a thriving network of founders in Columbia.
Tech After Five
Monthly facilitated network meetings for entrepreneurs, investors, suppliers and talent from the tech sector.
Women’s Business Center
Supports female entrepreneurs and business leaders across the state. Funded by Google and the S.C. Department of Commerce; based at Columbia College. Weekly programs and networking events, regionally and locally.
A cluster development association to promote Columbia’s large and growing insurance and technology cluster; offers Leadership Insurance, an 8-month course; hosts speaker series and networking events.
USC/Columbia Technology Incubator helps entrepreneurs move from idea to startup through 3 programs:
Named one of Inc. Magazine’s “Top 3 College Incubators to Watch”.