Office of Innovation

The South Carolina Department of Commerce Office of Innovation aims to help make South Carolina a top state in the nation to start and build a high-growth business. To do so, South Carolina must enable entrepreneurship and technology-based economic development successes, foster commercialization of technologies, support the increase of capital to home-grown companies and raise the profile of the state's innovation assets. 

The South Carolina Innovation Office is focused on addressing solutions to the South Carolina Innovation Plan goals:

1) Develop a critical mass of high tech, high impact companies.

2) Grow a supportive, connected innovation community.

3) Support access to capital for companies at all stages of development.

4) Grow workforce talent equipped to work for high tech/high impact companies. 

As part of achieving its mission, the Department of Commerce Office of Innovation has issued the South Carolina Innovation Challenge. In February 2015,  Commerce awarded $2.6 million in grants to 19 organizations across South Carolina. In its inaugural round of innovation-related grants announced in May 2014, Commerce awarded $2.4 million in grant funds to 14 organizations across the state to further high-tech and entrepreneurial economic development.  Learn more about the Top 14 of 2014.  

Watch why SC is Just Right for Innovation.

Reach the Office of Innovation at  803.737.0435 or email innovation@sccommerce.com.