Collaboration Nation: A Resource Guide

10-4 Good City

Social entrepreneurs meet monthly as a part of 10-4 Good City, brainstorming and developing ways to improve the community.

Beer and Napkins

In a fun and informal atmosphere like minds connect with the goal of driving an idea revolution through conversations and connections. And maybe a few beers.

Clemson’s Spiro Institute

The mission of the Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership is to promote economic development throughout the area with educational, research and outreach programs.

E-Merge @ the Garage

Housed in the ground level of an Anderson City parking structure, e-Merge at the Garage is part incubator, part accelerator and part work force development. Using a $250 thousand grant from the SC Department of Commerce and hefty corporate gifts, startups will receive no-cost work space, mentors and funding opportunities.

Grain Ideas

Founded by entrepreneur Craig Kinley, owner of Growler Haus, Grain Ideas exists to plant and germinate the seeds of business in an entrepreneurial community. “It was really meant to take simple ideas and move a community forward,” says Kinley.


Created 16 years ago, the InnoVision Awards Program helps advance technology by applauding innovation. It’s the only awards program of its kind, honoring businesses, individuals and educators.

NEXT Innovation Center

A model of collaboration and development, The NEXT Innovation Center opened in 2007 to bring together non-profits, architects, designers and more with the goal of creating the Upstate’s own technology hub.

Piedmont Score

Forty volunteers help entrepreneurs with everything from conducting market research to writing a business plan and it’s all available at no cost.

SC Launch

Credited with bringing 17 companies to the state and adding millions of dollars to the economy, SC Launch invests $6 million a year into qualified, South Carolina-based tech companies. Since starting in 2006, SC Launch Portfolio Companies have secured more than $301 million in follow-on capital.

South Carolina Small Business Development Center

SC Small Business Development Centers offer free resources for every step including pre-launch research and tips for selling a business.


Spartanburg’s Main Street Challenge

Spartanburg’s Main Street Challenge is an annual business competition that whittles dozens of applicants down to three winners. Each receives a $12,000 cash reward, thousands of dollars worth of in-kind support from the business community and prime downtown retail space.





Ideas become action at Startup Weekend events. It’s an intense 54 hours that culminates in a perfected pitch to a panel of judges.

Tech After Five

Tech After Five is a monthly professional networking event for IT professionals, entrepreneurs and the people who can help them. “I think it may look simple, but these conversations are how they build these businesses,” says founder Phil Yanov, who has expanded Tech After Five to six cities in the Carolinas and Georgia.

The George

Named for hometown entrepreneurial legend George D. Johnson, Jr, The George is the University of South Carolina’s new $30 million dollar, 60,000 square foot facility dedicated to preparing students to become business leaders. The impressive space also houses the university’s business incubator.

The Iron Yard

The largest code academy in the US, The Iron Yard is also the Upstate’s only accelerator, hosting entrepreneurs from around the world at three events each year.

The Space in the Mungo Center

In 2010 Wofford opened The Mungo Center, a place to help students launch businesses by providing mentorship, consulting and even space to create. The Space is an innovative program that helps student entrepreneurs at Wofford College develop leadership skills, research ideas and understand market needs.

Upstate Angel Network

The Upstate Angel Network is comprised of 50 local investors that invest in early startups in the southeast. They’re focused on companies driven by technology with the potential for quick growth that helps expand South Carolina’s entrepreneurial footprint.

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Jordana Megonigal
Jordana Megonigal is a journalism professional with 18 years of experience in the field. She is Publisher of ShowCase Publishing and Business Black Box magazine. In the Upstate community, Jordana is a member of the Small Business Council (Greenville Chamber of Commerce), a board member for Compass of Carolina, co-chair of Greenville Women at Work, communications chair of Mission 1:27 (Taylors First Baptist Church), and serves as a Guardian ad Litem. She is also Executive Director of The Bootstrap Engine.