What We Do

The Digital Corridor is a creative effort to attract, nurture and promote Charleston's knowledge economy through a combination of technology-enabled initiatives and business incentives, private business support and member-driven programming.

Community

Peer Networking
"The Charleston Digital Corridor serves as the central hub for technology companies in the area and what that has done is create a sense of community around the companies that are a part of it."
  • Grier Allen
  • Founder & CEO
  • Boomtown

Talent

Opportunities Abound
"Attending courses at CODEcamp allowed me to hone my web development skills while giving me the opportunity to interact with professionals that are driving Charleston technology community."
  • Ryan Barrineau
  • Developer
  • Blue Acorn

Spaces

Get Working
"As an early stage software company, it was not only important to have a location to grow in but also the means to mature as an organization. The Flagships afforded this flexibility and infrastructure."
  • Earl Bridges
  • Co-founder
  • Good Done Great

Capital

Accelerating Growth
"While there are many opportunities for investment, our fund is happy to make growth capital available for Charleston’s tech companies. Michael Knox, Managing Partner, Silicon Harbor Ventures."
  • Michael Knox
  • Managing Partner
  • Silicon Harbor Ventures

Attraction

Charleston Wins
"Charleston has emerged as a true tech hub in the United States and we are proud to be a part of the movement that is underway here and are committed to seeing talent and companies grow and prosper here."
  • Nate DaPore
  • President & CEO
  • Peoplematter
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Charleston Digital Corridor Announces The 2015 ifive:K Race

Charleston, South Carolina – December 18, 2014 – The Charleston Digital Corridor, along with title sponsors Benefitfocus and Google, is pleased to announce the 2015 Innovators' 5k Race (iFive:K) will be held on April 30th, 2015. Proceeds from the annual race benefit CODEcamp scholarships and other STEM related education programming.

Confirmed sponsors include Charleston's fast growing tech companies, BoomTown, Blue Acorn, SPARC and Blackbaud. "It is awesome to see our tech community come together for a fun evening of competition and networking while supporting the further development of talent in Charleston," said Digital Corridor Director, Ernest Andrade.

The Digital Corridor's iFive:K has quickly become a favorite athletic and networking event for Charleston's tech economy. As Charleston's only evening weekday race to be held in Downtown Charleston, the iFive:K has sold out in record time over the past two years. Registration for the 2015 iFive:K opens January 1, 2015.

"We're excited to co-sponsor the 2015 iFiveK. It's a terrific opportunity to support STEM education and network with the local tech community. We're delighted to join the fun and help Charleston Digital Corridor not only raise awareness of the growing local tech economy, but also attract top talent," said Benefitfocus Chief Commercial Officer, Andy Howell.

Additional sponsors include Carepoint, Immedion, Net Galaxy Studios, eGroup and Integral Solution Group, Peoplematter and the City of Charleston.

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About the Innovators' 5K (iFive:K) The iFive:K is an annual event that brings together Charleston's tech community for an evening of spirited competition and networking. All proceeds from the iFive:K are used to support CODEcamp scholarships and education programming. More: ifivek.com

About the Charleston Digital Corridor The Digital Corridor is a creative initiative to attract, nurture and promote Charleston's knowledge economy through a combination of technology-enabled initiatives and business incentives, private business support and member-driven programming. More: charlestondigitalcorridor.com

Contact: 

Ernest Andrade

ernest@charlestondigitalcorridor.com

843.724.3773 p 

843.607.1264 c 

The Rise of Charleston’s Innovation Economy - How it Happened

In 2001, while the national economy was in the grips of a major recession, Charleston, SC launched an effort to attract, nurture and promote her knowledge economy. The Charleston Digital Corridor was not born out of a sense of crisis as Charleston weathered this recession better than most cities. Nor were there expensive and exhaustive reports that for the most part have proven to be marginally useful as they tell you the somewhat obvious or serve as more of an analytical resource.

The Charleston Digital Corridor was the result of citizens recognizing the subtle but growing divergence between stagnating wage levels and Charleston's rising cost of living and the need to develop a strategy to close this gap by building a high-wage economy.

Largely driven by public and institutional employment, hospitality, port-related distribution facilities and basic manufacturing businesses, wage levels were stagnating while Charleston's cost of living was experiencing a dramatic rise especially driven by housing prices.

Fast forward 10 years, Charleston has leveraged its well preserved urban historical fabric, coastal geography, legendary lifestyle and livability, and attractive business climate to build a high-wage tech and tech-related economy recognized as one of the fastest growing in the country.

Some Lessons Learned –

  • The economic landscape is changing at a faster pace than in the past - tactical, practical and measurable actions are what matter to a community as they lead to fruitful engagement followed by demonstrable results.
  • The single biggest impact on success was engaging with energetic and passionate "can do" local leaders who catalyzed community engagement by successfully executing their respective business plans while also serving as ambassadors for Charleston's tech industry.
  • Broad community consensus took a back seat to input from the tech industry followed by precise execution, constant measurement and a "quickly kill it if it does not work" attitude.
  • Dense, high amenity, "open" urban office campuses are preferred by millennial tech workers to sprawling "sequestered" suburban office parks which limit professional and social interaction between like-minded professionals and mobility to the automobile.
  • Leverage "what you have" instead of wishing "what you had"
  • Celebrate small wins and being unique instead of headline grabbing announcements and trying to copy cat other communities.
  • Contrary to expert commentary about private leadership with building sustainable high wage economies, Charleston's early success has been driven largely by the public sector with input from the private sector. Charleston set the table for the growth of the tech industry through targeted legislative changes, cutting red tape and moving with the same speed the tech industry requires to become successful.

eGroup Named as an Inaugural CRN Triple Crown Award Winner

MT. PLEASANT, SCeGroup, the Southeast's leading provider of cloud, application, end-user computing and managed services, today announced it has been named an inaugural CRN Triple Crown Award winner.

The newly introduced Triple Crown Award recognizes solution provider organizations that have demonstrated a rare combination of strength, growth and technical expertise by earning spots on the 2014 Solution Provider 500, Fast Growth 150 and Tech Elite 250 lists. eGroup was named as one of the twenty-six solution providers to be honored for this award.

Mike Carter, eGroup's Principal stated: "Our team is tremendously grateful to have been named to such a short list of recipients for the Triple Crown Award. This award is a direct representation of our success in delivering recognizable business outcomes that position our customers for long-term growth, and reflects the changing landscape for how business will be done for many years – all characteristics of a 'serious competitor' mindset. On behalf of our entire team, we proudly accept this award, and would like to thank CRN for their continued support and commitment to the technology community."

Complete coverage of the CRN Triple Crown Awards will appear in the December issue of CRN's bi-monthly publication as well as online at www.crn.com.


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About eGroupHeadquartered in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., eGroup provides innovative cloud, application, end-user computing and managed services to businesses across the Southeast. One of the region's fastest growing companies and four-time recipient of "Inc. 5000," eGroup's solutions drive customer revenue while reducing cost to maintain IT infrastructures. Visit www.eGroup-us.com or call 1.877.eGROUP.1 (1.877.347.6871) for more information.

BoomTown Releases Tech Map to Highlight Digital Economy and Jobs in Charleston SC

Charleston, SC, December 16, 2014 –- BoomTown unveiled The Charleston Tech Map, the first interactive technology company map to help visualize the flourishing tech community in Charleston, SC. The goal of the map is to raise awareness of the growing density of technology companies and help connect talent to job opportunities in Charleston's tech ecosystem.

The interactive map currently features 10 startup incubators and 243 technology companies that are sorted into Software, Technology Services, Defense, Creative Services, Education, Engineering, Consulting, and Capital categories for easy searching. A simple click on the company name allows visitors to reach each website and learn more about a company's unique culture and job opportunities. As technology continues to drive growth in Charleston's economy it is crucial for the digital community to have a visual resource to reference and to showcase Charleston's growth. From venture capitalists looking for new start-ups in which they can invest to newly graduated students seeking job opportunities, the map makes Charleston's tech ecosystem more accessible to everyone.

"Charleston has proven to be a great place to start and build technology companies, and the Charleston Tech Map showcases the innovative companies that make it such an exciting place to be," said Nina Magnesson, Community Relations and Outreach Manager for BoomTown. "We're excited to highlight this growth and spur the momentum by providing greater access to opportunities for talented individuals to continue to drive our culture of creation."

About BoomTown

Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Charleston, SC, BoomTown is a fast growing, web-based software company that offers a sales and marketing system for real estate professionals.The system includes a customized real estate website integrated with local MLS data, personalized online advertising and inbound marketing services, a dedicated Client Success Manager, and a cutting-edge CRM (Customer Relationship Management System) with marketing automation. BoomTown's software solution is being used by the top-producing real estate brokerages and teams across the country, and the company was recognized for three consecutive years (2011, 2012, 2013) on the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies List. For more about BoomTown, visit http://boomtownroi.com/.

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5 Ways to Build Trust in a Business

The most valuable business commodity is trust. Richard Branson, author and founder of Virgin Group says, "Building trust in your brand isn't easy to achieve and it may take time, but it doesn't have to come at a high cost. With honesty, ambition, hard work and attention to detail you can instill a level of trust that will enable you to move forward."

The fact is that integrity impacts all aspects of business and is among, if not the most important character trait for a company to have. It is the barometer by which your customers, lenders, potential business partners and employees evaluate you and your business. Trust in a business speaks volumes on how a company services and communicates with its customers.

A trustworthy business can be defined many different ways depending upon the person, business, or organization reviewing it. Here are five ways you can build trust in your business:

1. Deliver on your promises – Doing what you say you are going to do when you say you're going to do it is crucial to building trust. Famous entrepreneur and motivational speaker Jim Rohn said, "One customer well taken care of could be more valuable than $10,000 worth of advertising."

2. Have a solid reputation – Potential customers and business partners will search for information about you and your business online. According to a survey conducted by Dimensional Research, 90 percent of respondents who recalled reading online reviews claimed that positive online reviews influenced buying decisions, while 86 percent said buying decisions were influenced by negative online reviews. It's crucial to manage your online reputation and establish an active social media presence, website and blog.

3. Communicate effectively – Effective communication is the cornerstone of any successful company. In today's fast paced business world, having a range of communication channels available such as phone, e-mail, instant messaging, fax, etc. is key to maximizing your ability to communicate effectively with customers.

4. Stay in compliance - Staying up to date and compliant with all federal state, and local rules required to keep your business in good standing where it conducts business is essential. Failure to meet the necessary requirements can cost you loss of good standing, not to mention fines, penalties, reinstatement costs and even business closure.

5. Creditworthiness - Lenders, potential business partners and investors will check your company's credit reports. With positive business credit reports and ratings with a credit agency such as Dun and Bradstreet, a creditor can assess how your company handles its financial obligations. "All of this can be done by taking the initiative. Increased credit affords businesses better relationships with partners, vendors, trade sources and the community at large" says Jeff Stibel, CEO of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.

Let this be a guide for you in building and maintaining trust in your business. Integrity and credibility are invaluable business commodities. Take the time to study the habits and behaviors of those businesses who have gained trust in the business world. Adopt or adapt those that you can authentically incorporate into your own behavior. With time and consistency, you can build up trust and credibility for your business in the marketplace.

Google Awards Digital Corridor’s CODEcamp $10,000

CHARLESTON & BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C  - The Lowcountry's knowledge economy is growing so rapidly that the demand for highly skilled professional and technical workers is outpacing the existing recruiting efforts by Charleston regional companies to supply them. Currently, high tech jobs share 4.7 percent of the job market and that number is predicted to skyrocket in the coming years, bringing over 8,000 jobs to the Charleston area.

To help meet the need for skilled professionals, Google has provided a $10,000 sponsorship to The Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation's CODEcamp technical education initiative. 

CODEcamp is a community-sourced training program that provides instruction in open source Web and mobile technologies. Funds are designed to serve Berkeley County residents to develop the skills needed to advance inCharleston's growing high-tech industries. The sponsorship will also provide no cost space at the Flagship, the Charleston Digital Corridor's co-working space, for a Berkeley County entrepreneur.

Since 2009, Google, which has a data center in Berkeley County, has awarded more than $1 million to South Carolina nonprofits in fields of science and technology education. Google employees also participate in Digital Corridor events and serve on the board. By awarding dollars to educational initiatives like CODEcamp, Google hopes to grow the pool of technically skilled professionals in the Palmetto State.

CODEcamp expands the Lowcountry's technical workforce by providing individuals with access to affordable training in Web and mobile technologies, mentors and networking. Classes are offered on a part-time, evening basis and are designed for hands on learning as well as practical applications and are taught by industry professionals from the Digital Corridor community of companies.

Thanks to this sponsorship, CODEcamp scholarships are now available to Berkeley County residents, even if they are not enrolled in school. Contact the Charleston Digital Corridor's Program Manager, Carolyn Finch at carolyn@charlestondigitalcorridor.com for more information.

About the Charleston Digital Corridor

The Digital Corridor is a creative initiative to attract, nurture and promote Charleston's knowledge economy through a combination of technology enabled initiatives and business incentives, private business support and member-driven programming. More: charlestondigitalcorridor.com

About CODEcamp

CODEcamp is a community-sourced training program offered by the Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation to provide instruction in open source Web and mobile technologies. More: chscodecamp.com

CONTACT

Ernest Andrade, Charleston Digital Corridor

843-607-1264

SCRA Technology Ventures Announces Investment Approvals

Two Charleston based tech businesses, one based at the Charleston Digital Corridor's Flagship2 facility, have received funding from the SCRA Technology Ventures' SC Launch program - Wave Sciences and GWIG. These are the first rounds of SC Launch funding for both companies.

Wave Sciences is a pioneer of hearing assistive technologies and digital audio noise reduction software, which grew out of the law enforcement and safety portion of its business. Wave Sciences is now expanding its product portfolio to address the hearing aid and consumer electronics markets. 

Their wearable hearing technology represents an innovative and disruptive approach to addressing the needs of juveniles, adults, and seniors with hearing impairments and their new collaboration with Clemson University's Materials Science and Engineering department in apparel research has the potential to make using its technology as simple as getting dressed.

"We are delighted to receive this investment from SC Launch and for all the support they've given to us along the way since starting our company," stated Wave Sciences Founder and President Keith McElveen. "Wave Sciences is revolutionizing hearing aid and personal sound amplification products by re-imagining them as pieces of clothing, which makes them more powerful and comfortable at the same time."

GWIG uses a streamlined digital referral application that provides the ability for users to refer friends to their favorite businesses as well as providing businesses with analytics on their referrals. The company has over 4,000 application downloads, 1,085 unique businesses have been referred and over 4,500 referrals have been passed from coast to coast.

"With access to analytics that GWIG provides, small business owners have the ability to engage with current and potential customers like never before," said Chris H. Cooper, chief operating officer of GWIG. "As businesses use GWIG's information to interact with interested potential customers, as well as thank existing loyal ones, they are able to create and grow strong relationships with positive long-term returns on investment."

"These investment approvals show our continued commitment to growing high-tech jobs in South Carolina," said SCRA CEO Bill Mahoney. "We look forward to future accomplishments and continued partnerships with these innovative companies."

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Fridays @ the Corridor: LAMP vs. MEAN - How Do They Stack Up?

Over the past year, the traditional, ever-popular web development LAMP stack is facing increasing pressures from a new contender, the MEAN stack. So how do you decide which stack to use?

At the January Fridays @ the Corridor, we will discuss the pros and cons between the tried and true LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) versus the increasingly implemented MEAN stack (MongoDB, ExpressJS, AngularJS, and Node.js). We will be joined by Tom Wilson, Jack Russell Software, and Chad Cravens, Open Source Systems, to address the key differences between these two stacks and answer the ultimate question: Will one stack-up above the other? Register HERE

Fridays @ the Corridor - Crowdfunding: Launching a Successful Campaign

Looking to launch or expand your company? Chances are you could use a little extra capital. Through sites like Kickstarter and Go Fund Me, the crowd-funding economy has more than tripled in the last three years. Crowdfunding has fast become a resource for not only growth capital, but also proof of concept, early idea validation, and customer pre-orders. So what does it take to run a successful campaign and capitalize on this rapidly growing alternative funding resource?

At the February Fridays @ the Corridor, we will introduce you to three local leaders in the tech industry, ISI (Heatworks), Distil Union, and Moondog Animation, who have successfully used crowdfunding to achieve their business goals. Crowdfunding is hot – time to learn the keys to launching a successful campaign and take your business to the next level. Register HERE.