We’re here to help you find what you need to build your business.

Innovate Columbia began with a vision to provide a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs in the Columbia, SC region to connect with all the local resources available to help them reach their goals. Launched in 2020 as an initiative of the Midlands Business Leadership Group, our goal is to catalog every resource in a single place with an easy-to-find format that helps you find exactly what you’re looking for. And along the way, we feature the success stories of local entrepreneurs who make this community a vibrant place to grow.

From the first inklings of an idea to mature companies looking to expand, there are dozens of programs, places and people here ready to help entrepreneurial businesses take the next step in their journey.

"One of the 50 Best U.S. Cities for Starting a Business in 2020." Inc. Magazine's Surge Cities

This is home.

We believe South Carolina’s capital city is the perfect place to build a business, grow a career or nurture a new skill.

Columbia is home to a thriving cultural scene, a diverse network of neighborhoods, walkable districts, historic charm, a lush riverfront and abundant outdoor recreational opportunities.¬†Our strong public sector provides economic stability, while our entrepreneurial spirit means continuous innovation in sectors ranging from tech to life sciences to advanced manufacturing. And of course, we’re home to the University of South Carolina – one of the top 100 patenting universities in the world. Learn more about what makes this community awesome from our partners: