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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.

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.

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.

Community Business Loans

SC Community Loan Fund

The SC Community Loan Fund offers a wide variety of Community Business Loan options to nonprofits, for profits, and municipalities across South Carolina.

Export Incentives Program

South Carolina Department of Commerce

The South Carolina Department of Commerce offers support and incentives for small- and mid-sized businesses to begin exporting their products or to increase volumes.

Local Entrepreneur Acceleration Program (LEAP)

South Carolina Community Loan Fund

Phase 1 SBIR/STTR Matching Grants


Learn how SCRA can help you navigate the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) application process.