The University of South Carolina


UofSC Faber Entrepreneurship Center 

  • The Faber Entrepreneurship Center exists to spur entrepreneurship within the University of South Carolina. Focused on students, it provides exposure to entrepreneurial concepts through curriculum and programming as part of the educational experience. The Center’s UofSC Instigator program serves as a test pad for students looking to develop a business concept by leveraging the expertise of faculty and staff to provide guidance.
  • Dean Kress, Director (803-777-7015

UofSC McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise 

  • The McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise promotes scholarly activity, educates students about the role of free enterprise and entrepreneurship in enhancing economic growth, and encourages students to contribute and participate through entrepreneurism in creating a better America. Its programs include the annual McNair Entrepreneurism Showcase, on-campus Entrepreneurship & Innovation Living and  Learning Community for students, StartupWind Entrepreneurship Platform for students and alumni, a McNair Institute Student Advisory Council and entrepreneurship course offerings.

UofSC 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.
  • Dean Kress, Director (803-777-7015

UofSC Technology Commercialization Office

  • UofSC’s Technology Commercialization Office helps inventors and industry representatives navigate the process commercializing their research out of the university. They guide inventors through protect their inventions, assist industry representatives in determining the most efficient ways to team up with UofSC researchers and use UofSC innovations, and provide entrepreneurs with resources on licensing UofSC technologies and pursuing SBIR/STTR funding.
  • Chad Hardaway, Director ((803)-545-4423

UofSC Virtual Entrepreneurial Support Platform 

  • The UofSC Virtual Entrepreneurial Support Platform is a free digital innovation center assisting UofSC students and alumni with new venture development, offered by the UoSC McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism & Free Enterprise and supported by the SC Department of Commerce. The StartupWind-based platform enables entrepreneurs to create profiles and business model canvases while connecting with advisors and mentors.
  • Katherine Swartz Hilton, Special Initiatives (803-777-1717

UofSC Digital Transformation Lab 

  • UofSC’s Digital Transformation Lab represents a collection of spaces for research collaborations at the highest level, used by students, entrepreneurs, researchers, small businesses and industry partners. Partners from companies like IBM, Samsung, Siemens and more work with labs like the Industrial Internet of Things Research Lab to conduct groundbreaking research in areas including aerospace, robotics and more.
  • Chad Hardaway, Deputy Director, UofSC Office of Economic Engagement (



Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center