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

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"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."
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  • Blue Acorn

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"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."
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"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."
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"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."
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  • Managing Partner
  • Silicon Harbor Ventures

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"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."
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2016 Best Cities for Tech (outside California & New York)

Silicon Valley may get the lion's share of tech buzz, but entrepreneurs, job seekers and investors take note: Some of the best places for tech are outside of California and New York. We've found the sneaky-great cities for tech that offer fast-growing businesses, strong fundamentals and affordability – without the cutthroat competition of the big-name startup hubs.

From the Eastern Seaboard to the Pacific Northwest, tech hubs abound. Helped by strong public-private partnerships, centralized hubs that foster connections and innovation, and capital provided by established businesses, each of these cities is an excellent choice for tech workers. They aren't trying to be Silicon Valley; instead, they've found what makes them unique, and built upon it. We've crunched the numbers on nearly 20,000 private companies founded in the past five years to bring you 2016's best cities for tech.

The Big Takeaways

  • Specialize in established industries. Cities with deep expertise in a given area – whether that's biotechnology, energy or finance – succeed when they spur innovation in those same areas. Not only do they carve a niche for themselves, but they can help established companies provide capital and mentorship to entrepreneurs.
  • Quality of life can't be overlooked. Nearly everywhere is less expensive than San Francisco or New York City. Rather than overbidding for tech talent, the best cities make affordability, community and culture integral parts of their pitch, and captured the imagination of those looking for more than an anonymous studio apartment.
  • Planning ahead pays off. Many of these cities work off deliberate plans to create centralized hubs for entrepreneurship. Whether it's creating large coworking spaces, building a downtown that's attractive to young professionals, or installing high-speed internet, cities' investment in infrastructure and housing strongly boost their profiles.

1. Waltham, MA

  • Finance Score: 68
  • Growth Score: 100
  • Overall Score: 100

Anchored by big-name companies like Constant Contact, Care.com and Raytheon, Waltham punches above its weight class in the tech world. With Boston just a half hour's drive away, Waltham has easy access to the area's considerable intellectual capital, and with a disproportionate number of venture firms (13 in our company database), the city provides entrepreneurs with financial capital as well.

But Waltham doesn't top our list because it's a suburb of a well-known tech city. No, it stands out because Waltham-based companies are poised to succeed. Of the cities in our survey, Waltham's startups ranked in the 99th percentile for financial stability, and ranked first in companies' growth prospects. Led by high-growth startups like Fractyl Laboratories, which raised over $138 million in its five years of existence, and other promising biotech companies, Waltham is the place for tech.

2. Jacksonville, FL

  • Finance Score: 99
  • Growth Score: 42
  • Overall Score: 99

Jacksonville goes well out of its way to support its budding entrepreneurs. The city helps startups find investors, and One Spark, an annual innovation festival that offers funding and capital advice, has helped strengthen the tech community as well as the startups themselves. And lest you think that Florida is only for retirees, Jacksonville's median age is 35, three years younger than the Bay Area's.

In our survey, Jacksonville excels in both aspects of our Finance Score: its resident companies rank in the 88th percentile of financial stability, and with an incredibly low cost of living, it's much more affordable than San Francisco, New York or even Boston. If you want to trade a cutthroat tech world for a city that actively supports its startups, Jacksonville is the place to be.

3. Provo, UT

  • Finance Score: 96
  • Growth Score: 85
  • Overall Score: 97

Over the years, Utah has established itself as a startup hub in its own right, and Provo is no exception. With low taxes, a ready source of intellectual capital from BYU and a focus on strong business fundamentals (not to mention Google Fiber), Provo offers a unique blend of innovation and work-life balance. According to our index, Provo's businesses rank in the 96th percentile in terms of financial stability, and its cost of living is below the national average. And with Utah consistently ranked as one of the happiest states in the country, Provo is a haven for job seekers and their families.

4. Overland Park, KS

  • Finance Score: 100
  • Growth Score: 22
  • Overall Score: 96

Just outside Kansas City, Overland Park boasts its own thriving technology scene. Anchored by established companies like Sprint, and boosted by strong civic and governmental support, the greater Kansas City startup scene has finally arrived. According to our survey, Overland Park ranked first among all cities for its companies' financial stability, a factor which includes investor quality and liquidity; its low cost of living is nothing to scoff at, either. Overland Park provides a space for up-and-coming startups to gain capital and knowledge, without breaking the bank.

5. Irving, TX

  • Finance Score: 86
  • Growth Score: 91
  • Overall Score: 95

Sitting just outside of Dallas, Irving shares in the Dallas-Fort Worth area's growing prominence in the tech world. But it's a hub in its own right, playing host to big companies like ExxonMobil and Michael's Stores, as well as up-and-comers like Appterra and Miraca Life Sciences. The city's companies rank in the 95th percentile in financial stability and the 91st in growth – surrounded by successful entrepreneurs and good sources of capital, Irving is home to a strong tech community.

6. Redmond, WA

  • Finance Score: 91
  • Growth Score: 84
  • Overall Score: 92

Think Redmond, and you'll probably think Microsoft. But the tech behemoth is hardly the only solid company to set up shop there: Home to over a hundred private companies, the small city of Redmond is a force to be reckoned with. Its private companies are financially stable and well-run; the city ranks in the 91st and 84th percentile in DataFox's Finance and Growth scores respectively. Even better – Redmond offers access to brilliant tech talent, natural beauty and craft everything, without Seattle's high cost of living.

7. Durham, NC

  • Finance Score: 77
  • Growth Score: 93
  • Overall Score: 89

We named Durham one of our best cities to found a startup in 2015, but it's a hub for established tech talent as well. Durham-based companies ranked in the 93rd percentile for growth, an indicator that its tech sector is comprised of strong companies.Those companies also rank above average in financial stability, and the city is much more affordable than the Bay Area, New York, or Boston.

Durham is a natural standout in the tech world. Not only can the city draw on Duke and other local universities for talent, but it can take advantage of the Research Triangle's expertise in biotechnology, medicine and more. And with support from organizations like American Underground, a campus that brings together entrepreneurs and investors alike, Durham demonstrates a commitment to innovation as well as today's tech giants.

8. Charleston, SC

  • Finance Score: 97
  • Growth Score: 54
  • Overall Score: 88

Though often overlooked in favor of Durham and the other Research Triangle cities, Charleston has a great deal to offer tech workers. A 2014 survey found that Charleston's tech sector ranked fourth in the country, and grew at the same pace as Silicon Valley's. Not only is the city affordable and enjoyable – its cost of living is below the national average, and it ranks among the happiest – but its startups rank in the 89th percentile for financial stability.

The startup ecosystem is thriving: DIG SOUTH, an annual conference for digital economy startups, draws big-name presenters like Google, Twitter and the New York Times; graduates from nearby University of South Carolina provide a ready supply of talent; and organizations like the Charleston Digital Corridor provide the mentorship, connections to investors and community that help entrepreneurs to succeed.

9.Milwaukee, WI

  • Finance Score: 95
  • Growth Score: 35
  • Overall Score: 86

Milwaukee's tech scene is based on community – a welcome change from the often-abrasive, talent-poaching norms of Silicon Valley and New York. Startup Milwaukee, for example, is a resource for mentoring and learning (and it's a nonprofit). With Marquette University and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee providing access to intellectual capital, and talent drawn from all around Wisconsin, Milwaukee anchors the Midwest tech scene.

In addition, the state provides generous grants for small business owners and entrepreneurs. And it's affordable: the cost of living is well below the national average, while local tech companies have well above average financials. Milwaukee provides a community of support and mentorship to help tech workers succeed.

10.Oklahoma City, OK

  • Finance Score: 85
  • Growth Score: 62
  • Overall Score: 85

Oklahoma City combines the stability of established institutions with the vitality of innovative new startups. Anchored by publicly traded heavyweights Chesapeake Energy, Devon Energy, and Hobby Lobby, the city is also home to up-and-comers like Tailwind, a Pinterest marketing platform, and GoldFire Studios, which creates browser-based social games.

What's more, the private sector is deeply invested in helping local entrepreneurs succeed. For example, Cowboy Technology Angels is an investment group comprised of alumni from nearby Oklahoma State University; while i2E, a private, not-for-profit corporation, focuses on growing local businesses with help from state funding. With Oklahoma University providing a ready supply of talent and innovation, Google Fiber, and depth in the medical and energy sectors, Oklahoma City's fast-growing tech scene is one to watch.

11. Chattanooga, TN

  • Finance Score: 92
  • Growth Score: 43
  • Overall Score: 84

Chattanooga's received a great deal of attention for the crazy-fast Internet speeds offered by its smart grid, but the city has much more to offer than quick movie downloads. With a very low cost of living and a strong sense of community, Chattanooga is an excellent place to live as well as work. As The Atlantic's CityLab wrote in 2015, the city embarked on an ambitious housing development plan to encourage entrepreneurs to collaborate, innovate and of course relocate to the new downtown area.

Home to accelerators like the nonprofit Company Lab, and GIGTANK, which provides free housing to participants, Chattanooga puts a premium on fostering innovation. And with standout tech companies like Ambition and Zipflip, it's hard to argue with the results.

12. Alpharetta, GA

  • Finance Score: 80
  • Growth Score: 77
  • Overall Score: 82

Less than an hour's drive away from Atlanta, Alpharetta is a growing tech hub in its own right. Not only is the city home to a number of established companies, including the regional headquarters of UPS, LexisNexis and ADP, but it's a breeding ground for new tech talent as well. In 2014, Alpharetta boasted over 600 tech companies – as many as the much-larger Austin, TX. With a high density of innovation and close access to Atlanta's top-tier universities, Alpharetta gives tech companies the benefits of a big city without the high cost.

In our survey, Alpharetta ranks in the 80th percentile in financial quality, as well as 77th in business quality. Its startup culture is much more collaborative than Silicon Valley's, offering strong municipal support including programs like the Alpharetta Innovation Center, an accelerator that also provides office space and networking opportunities. Density, nurturing and community are paying off in Alpharetta.

13. Charlotte, NC

  • Finance Score: 93
  • Growth Score: 31
  • Overall Score: 81

Traditionally known for banking and energy, Charlotte has also become a hub for venture capital and innovation. The city stands out in our survey not just for its low cost of living, but for the financial stability of its companies – an important trait as fears of a nationwide tech bubble increase. It provides the perfect blend of old capital and new ideas. For example, the city plays host to Bank of America, the second-largest bank in the U.S. by asset size, as well as to QCFinTech, an accelerator focused on innovation in the fintech space.

Charlotte has a long-term plan for growth, too. In the past few years, Packard Place has been transformed into a hub for entrepreneurs and their mentors. It houses coworking spaces and accelerators (including QCFinTech), offers networking and investing opportunities, and serves as the beating heart of Charlotte's growing tech scene. For a sense of community, the capital and expertise of established companies, and the energy of new ideas, Charlotte is the place to go.


Our Metrics

  • Financial stability. In today's uncertain funding climate, companies' financials are more important than ever. We ranked each city by the average company Finance Score, a proprietary metric that factors in investor quality, liquidity, revenue growth and more to gauge how financially secure a company is.
  • Affordability. Since a city's cost of living affects not only the people who work there, but local companies themselves, we used the 2014 real purchasing power metric to rank how affordable each metro area was. This data is published by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Activity, which measures how much a dollar spent goes in each area. We sourced it from the Tax Foundation.
  • Business success. In order to see whether tech companies were actually succeeding, we looked at companies' Growth Score, a proprietary metric that predicts revenue and headcount growth based on team quality, prior growth, investor quality and other factors.

We considered private companies founded after 2010 that were not based in California or New York, and cities with at least 30 such companies meeting those criteria.

You May Be Able To Patent Your Software After All

CHARLESTON, SC – Mark Twain famously said "The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated." The same may be true of patents on software.

After the Supreme Court's holding in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International in 2014, patents for software appeared to be in doubt. The issue at that time was whether claims directed to a computer-implemented, electronic escrow service for facilitating financial transactions were patent eligible. The patent claims were held to be invalid because the claims were drawn to an "abstract idea," even though the processes were performed by a computer.

Since then, most patent claims directed to computer implemented processes have been held to be directed to an "abstract idea" by the Courts, even though the Supreme Court has not established a definitive rule for determining what constitutes an "abstract idea." As a result, most computer implemented methods, such as those methods implemented by software, have been found to not be eligible for a patent.

However, on May 12, 2016, the Court Appeals for the Federal Circuit (which hears all appeals from trial courts involving US Patents) stated inEnfish, LLC v. Microsoft Corporation, that there is "no reason to conclude that all claims directed to improvement in computer-related technology, including those directed to software, are abstract" are necessarily ineligible for patent protection.

Further, the Federal Circuit looked at "whether the focus of the claims is on a specific asserted improvement in computer capabilities...or, instead, on a process that qualifies as an 'abstract idea' for which computers are invoked merely as a tool." The Court found that the Enfish claims were not directed to an abstract idea because "the plain focus of the claims is on an improvement to computer functionality itself, not on economic or other tasks for which a computer is used in its ordinary capacity."

In other words - and for now at least - if the claimed invention causes the computer to function in an improved manner, patentable subject matter may be present. You may be able to patent software after all. However, the Supreme Court may have the last word on this case. We will be watching it closely.

Bill Killough is a registered patent attorney at Barnwell Whaley's Charleston South Carolina office and Adjunct Professor at the University Of South Carolina School of Law. The criteria for obtaining a patent goes beyond patent subject matter eligibility, and the comments herein should not be relied upon as legal advice. 

Zubie Raises $6 Million In Funding From Melody, Existing Investors

Zubie, a leading connected-car platform and telematics provider serving enterprises, small businesses and consumers, today announced it has secured $6 million in additional funding.

Melody Capital Partners, along with existing Zubie investors OpenAir Equity Partners, Castrol innoVentures, Comporium, Nokia Growth Partners and Magna, participated in the financing. This new funding further validates Zubie's strength and growth, and the appeal of its robust platform to the insurance, automotive, fleet and other enterprise sectors.

The additional funding will be targeted toward further scaling to meet the growing demand for Zubie solutions for enterprise customers, enhancements to the core Zubie and ZinC Open API platforms, feature innovation, and expanding operations and staff.

Since its market entry in 2012, Zubie has formed a number of partner and customer relationships. Top-tier insurance carriers, large and small-business fleet operators, and mobile carriers have chosen to leverage Zubie's tailored telematics solutions to power their businesses and enhance their customer acquisition and retention. The company also continues to lead telematics solutions innovation for the automotive dealer and service industry through its partnership with Castrol innoVentures.

Zubie's expertise in integrating its cloud platform, vehicle and driver data analytics, and aftermarket OBD-based devices has proven successful in meeting the needs of its enterprise customers in several vertical industries, and is also paving the way for telematics data monetization. Additionally, since the launch of its ZinC Open API platform, the company has attracted a diverse set of developers and partners creating apps leveraging Zubie's platform and vehicle data.

"The telematics and connected-car industry is expanding globally, and we are well positioned to continue our growth," said Tim Kelly, Zubie, CEO. "Since the inception of the company, we have established leadership in innovation, tailored industry solutions, and the strong execution required of the enterprise marketplace. Today's funding announcement further validates our strategy and our investors' confidence in our direction and potential."

"Melody is excited to invest in Zubie," said Omar Jaffrey, managing partner of Melody. "Our team has a long history of investment and involvement in the telematics industry, and we believe there is tremendous opportunity for Zubie to create and deliver compelling solutions for this growing, global marketplace."

About Zubie
Zubie is a connected-car service focused on making driving safer, easier and less expensive for business enterprises including automotive, insurance, and mobile/telecom operators, as well as consumers and small businesses. The company was formed in 2012, and is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Zubie was the winner of the "2015 Best Insurance Telematics Product" award from TU Automotive, and the 2016 Tech CARS award for "Best OBDII Device with Software and Services" from Auto Connected Car. Visit Zubie.com for more information about Zubie.

About Melody Capital Partners
Melody Capital Partners is a private investment firm with a unique strategy of creating financing solutions in partnership with borrowers. Melody manages over $1.5 billion in capital across two strategies, senior secured loan origination and direct lending in North America and wireless infrastructure, telecommunications service providers and related businesses. For more information on Melody Capital Partners, please visit www.melody.com.

Software Engineer Launches Produce Delivery Service

Deliberately modernizing the milkman model, Charleston's Tori Schallot has begun delivering fruit and vegetables to local doorsteps.

"Where possible, we are buying from local farms when items are in season," Schallot says of the produce offered through The Berry Dispatch. Customers can see the sources of their cucumbers, garlic and other items when compiling orders online.

Schallot, who quit her job as a software engineer to last week launch the new service, says she designed The Berry Dispatch with potential customers' grocery budgets in mind. Rather than impose a monthly subscription fee, she charges $5-$7 per delivery, and requires a minimum order of $15.

Additionally, in order to appeal to small households and visitors staying in hotel rooms, Schallot is selling single-serve portions of vegetables prepped for cooking, such as chopped green peppers and diced onions. She envisions ultimately fitting those ingredients into meal kits.

"It allows customers to reduce food waste," she says.

According to a press release, customers who place their orders by 10 p.m. will receive produce the following day.

With her parents' help, Schallot has been promoting The Berry Dispatch at area farmers' markets; she's also using those venues to forge business relationships with growers.

Ceterus Bookkeeping Service Closes On $4.2M Series A Investment Round

Charleston-based Ceterus, which streamlines bookkeeping services for franchise owners, has closed on a $4.2 million Series A investment, according to a news release.

The round was led by Atlanta-based TechOperators –- its first investment in South Carolina –- with participation from Idea Fund Partners of Raleigh and Alerion Ventures of Charleston.

"This is our first financing round, as we've bootstrapped the business the past eight years," Ceterus CEO and founder Levi Morehouse said in an email. "We've grown tremendously since, and to continue our growth while ensuring quality, it was important for us to find the right fit for our first round of funding. We've found that with the combination of experience and industry expertise TechOperators, Alerion Ventures and the Idea Fund Partners bring to the table."

The cloud-based, software-as-a-service platform provides financial reporting and operational metrics to business owners on a dashboard by using data from point-of-sale, human resources and accounting systems, the release said.

Founded in 2008, Ceterus relocated its headquarters from Kalamazoo, Mich., to Charleston nearly three years ago with a staff of one. The company now has nearly 20 workers in Charleston and will add sales and technology employees with the money raised in the funding round.

"We have grown rapidly this past year and our customers love how we help them manage and grow their businesses. ... Not only do we do the actual bookkeeping for our customers, we help our customers learn how to run their businesses better," Morehouse said.

Ceterus is currently sharing space in the SIB Development building within the Half Mile North development on Upper Meeting Street. The firm is currently scouting office space in downtown Charleston.

Blackbaud Announces Expansion in South Carolina

Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ:BLKB), the leading provider of software and services for the global philanthropic community, today announced plans for a new world headquarters on Daniel Island in Berkeley County, South Carolina. Blackbaud's state-of-the-art workplace and innovation center will expand its community outreach and is expected to create 300 additional high-tech jobs over the next five years.

Today's announcement expands upon Blackbaud's already rich contribution to developing the high-tech corridor in South Carolina. Blackbaud, which has operated in Berkeley County since 2000, is the largest publicly traded software company in the state and was recently recognized on Forbes' 25 Fastest-Growing Public Tech Companies list. More than half of Blackbaud's rapidly growing workforce resides in the Charleston area, proving the great potential that exists at the intersection point of high-tech and philanthropy in the East Coast's burgeoning "Silicon Harbor."

"For nearly 30 years we've called South Carolina home, and we're proud to deepen our roots in this great state with this generational investment," said Mike Gianoni, Blackbaud's president and CEO. "This community is very important to us, and this project improves our ability to give back in even more meaningful ways while boosting the local economy. I'd like to thank the State of South Carolina, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Berkeley County, and the City of Charleston for their continued support of Blackbaud, and for their commitment to making South Carolina a place where technology companies and those they employ can thrive."

Once complete, the new, approximately 360,000-square foot, eco-friendly campus will ultimately accommodate thousands of the company's global workforce, and will serve as a hub for the advancement of philanthropic interests in the Lowcountry and around the world. The new headquarters will offer unique community space to incubate emerging nonprofits and connect people with common interests. The site will also include facilities to host the company's ongoing community development and corporate citizenship activities, like Camp Blackbaud, an employee-led STEM program that teaches elementary school children how to design and code.

"Today we're proud to celebrate the continued success of one of our most innovative companies – Blackbaud," said South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. "Since 1989, Blackbaud has been a terrific member of the South Carolina family, and this new expansion speaks to the company's commitment to our state and its people. The 300 new jobs created by this initiative are a milestone, not only for our Lowcountry community, but also for our state as a whole."

Blackbaud, which was ranked among South Carolina's best places to work for six consecutive years and recognized on Forbes' America's Best Midsize Employers list, plans to use the expansion to delight existing staff and attract top talent by adding innovative ideation and collaboration spaces, game rooms, ergonomic work stations, a coffee and tea bar, a modern cafeteria sourcing local food, a fitness center, hiking trails, and creative outdoor sporting, meeting and event space. "We are a purpose-driven company with employees who are deeply committed to advancing the social good movement," said John Mistretta, Blackbaud's executive vice president of Human Resources. "Our new headquarters project allows us to build a workplace that cultivates collaboration, promotes disruptive innovation and inspires employees to reach their full potential."

To mark the announcement, Blackbaud made a $20,000 donation to Daniel Island Community Fund (DICF) to support its Cainhoy Elementary and Middle School initiatives. The company chose to partner with DICF as a way to make a meaningful investment in its own backyard, focusing on the education of disadvantaged youth in communities that neighbor its new facility.

Blackbaud was joined by both state and Charleston-area leaders to announce the news, including Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler, City Council Member Gary White, and South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. "Thanks to dynamic companies like Blackbaud, South Carolina's high-tech, knowledge economy continues to thrive. Today, we congratulateBlackbaud on all of the success it has achieved both within our borders and around the world," said Hitt.

Holder Properties will build and lease the space to Blackbaud. Construction will begin in the fall of 2016 and expected to be completed in phases. Phase one of the new campus (planned for completion by 2018) will be located at the intersection of Fairchild Street and Central Island Street, while phase two will be located at the intersection of River Landing Drive and Fairchild Street. The company will remain at its current headquarters location at 2000 Daniel Island Driveuntil each new building is ready for occupancy.

STEM Premier raises $2.6M in equity sale, according to SEC filing

Mount Pleasant-based STEM Premier, an online platform that connects students studying math and science with employers and schools, raised $2.6 million in a recent equity sale, according to a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The company sold equity to 11 investors, the filing shows.

The platform helps students in science, technology, engineering and math design a career path and connect with prospective higher education institutions and employers, according to a news release.

Students ages 13 and older can build personal profiles showcasing their skills and talents. STEM Premier's subscription-based model then enables colleges, universities, companies and government agencies to directly connect with the students and recruit them for scholarships, internships and job openings.

Lewis Gossett, S.C. Manufacturers Alliance president and CEO, recently described STEM Premier as "LinkedIn on steroids on steroids."

The company and the alliance have partnered to form S.C. Future Makers, a public-private partnership that aims to match students who have an aptitude for technology with advanced manufacturing industries such as BMW and Boeing, where those skills can be put to lucrative use. The website includes research into the manufacturing industry, as well as videos of five manufacturers with heavy S.C. presences.

Students can also create profiles on the website that detail traditionally available information, such as grade-point average, but allow would-be employers to delve deeper into special skills that make them a potentially good fit.

"This is where kids get to create their own brand," Gossett said last month during the S.C. Manufacturing Conference and Expo in Greenville. "They get to, for free, create their own platform where they can tell everything there is about them, and my members and colleges and technical colleges can search and find them and start to communicate directly with them."

STEM Premier, which is headquartered at 474 Wando Park Blvd. in Mount Pleasant, was launched in 2012 and participated in SCRA's SC Launch program. It has since expanded to all 50 states and plans to partner with more technical colleges in similar programs to the recent partnership it formed with Midlands Technical College.

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Wordpress Meetup

Meet other local fans of WordPress, the Internet's classiest and fastest dynamic content management system. Gather and discuss the best ways to work with your software in this monthly meetup.

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Fridays @ the Corridor - Bridging the Talent Gap

Charleston's tech economy has come a long way since the Digital Corridor was formed in 2001. At the June Fridays @ the Corridor event, Dan Coombs of Life Cycle Talent and Drew Weston from CodeLynx will discuss the evolution of Charleston's tech landscape, implications for companies from a tech talent perspective and the role of staff augmentation/outsourcing versus hiring full time employees. Learn more and register HERE.

Googlefest 2016

A free, two day conference showcasing the tools and applications that Google offers. The first day is specifically geared towards Educators. The second is geared toward small business owners and operators as well as professionals working for nonprofits organizations.

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