A laser-focused mission: GrowCo is a collaborative partnership focused on sparking an explosion of entrepreneurial activity in Columbia, SC. GrowCo provides the community, mentorship programs, visibility, access to talent, and access to venture capital that high-impact, high-growth companies need to thrive and change the world.

1 Million Cups

1 Million Cups brings Columbia’s entrepreneurial community together to gather, network and hear about the journeys of different local business owners each week. Attended by entrepreneurs and resource providers of all types, it’s one of the most popular entry points to Columbia’s entrepreneurial ecosystem – all built around the idea…

USC Proving Ground

The Proving Ground is an annual entrepreneurship challenge to accelerate University of South Carolina students’ and alumni’s innovative business ideas. The live Shark Tank-like pitch competition, hosted at the Darla Moore School of Business, awards cash prizes in categories for both undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni.