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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.


South Carolina Department of Commerce

Academic Startup Grants


The objective of the Academic Startup Grant is to provide early-stage funding to academic startups to support one or more critical milestones towards commercialization and advance the company’s pursuit of follow-on funding.

SCRA works directly with academic institutions and affiliated startups – creating opportunities to advance research capabilities and commercialize technology.

Acceleration Grants

The objective of the Acceleration Grant is to provide early-stage funding to startups to accelerate a company’s technology and/or business model to the next level of maturity and market readiness.

APEX Accelerator of South Carolina

APEX Accelerator is a resource for small and large SC businesses to obtain free procurement technical assistance. We provide specialized assistance to clients, helping them to identify federal, state and local government contractual opportunities.

Central Carolina Community Foundation

Central Carolina Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that links charitable people and businesses with areas of need in our community.

Central SC Alliance

As a public and private alliance, Central SC is on a mission to cultivate and nurture the prosperity of Central South Carolina.

City of Columbia Commercial Loan Programs

City of Columbia Office of Business Opportunities

The Office of Business Opportunities (OBO), through the Commercial Revolving Loan Fund (CRLF), has funds available to lend to qualifying small businesses located in the City of Columbia.