What We Do

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.

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

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

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
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Latest News

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The Top 10 Cities In The US For Young People

Naming the "best" city in the United States isn't easy: Everyone has their own opinion and their own ways to measure. For its 2017 rankings, real estate website Apartment List decided to look at which U.S. cities are most attractive to young people based on job opportunities, affordability and livability and Charleston, SC ranked #6 .....and a closer look at the data showed Charleston has the highest livability of the top 10 cities. Read more:

Heatworks is a Finalist for the 2018 Red Herring Top 100 North America Award

Heatworks announced today it has been selected as a finalist for Red Herring's Top 100 North America award, a prestigious list honoring the year's most promising private technology ventures from the North American business region.

The Red Herring editorial team selected the most innovative companies from a pool of hundreds from across North America. The nominees are evaluated on 20 main quantitative and qualitative criterion, which include disruptive impact, market footprint, proof of concept, financial performance, technology innovation, social value, quality of management, execution of strategy, and integration into their respective industries.

This unique assessment of potential is complemented by a review of the track record and standing of a company, which allows Red Herring to see past the "buzz" and make the list a valuable instrument for discovering and advocating the greatest business opportunities in the industry.

"This year was rewarding, beyond all expectations" said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. "There are many great companies generating really innovative and disruptive products in North America. We had a very difficult time narrowing the pool and selecting the finalists. Heatworks shows great promise and therefore deserves to be among the finalists. Now we're faced with the difficult task of selecting the Top 100 winners of Red Herring North America. We know that the 2018 crop will grow into some amazing companies that are sure to make an impact."

Finalists for the 2018 edition of the Red Herring 100 North America award are selected based upon their technological innovation, management strength, market size, investor record, customer acquisition, and financial health. During the months leading up to the announcement, Red Herring reviewed over 1200 companies in the telecommunications, security, cloud, software, hardware, biotech, mobile and other industries that completed their submissions to qualify for the award.

The finalists are invited to present their winning strategies at the Red Herring North America Forum in Marina Del Rey, June 18-20, 2018. The Top 100 winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony on the evening of June 20 at the event.

Charleston Home to Small But Robust Industry of Video Game Developers

Worldwide, the video game industry makes more money than the movie and music industries combined, emerging as one of the most lucrative pursuits in the entertainment realm.

According to the Global Games Market Report, in 2016, the gaming industry raked in $99.6 billion, compared with the movie industry's $36 billion and the music industry's $15.7 billion. Read more here

Blackbaud Inaugurates New World Headquarters in South Carolina

Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world's leading cloud software company powering social good, is pleased to announce that its new world headquarters on Daniel Island in South Carolina is officially open for business. Blackbaud unveiled the 172,000 square-foot state-of-the-art workplace and innovation center during a ribbon-cutting ceremony today – just over two years since the company announced plans for its construction in 2016.

Blackbaud, the world's 24th largest software company, has operated in Berkeley County, South Carolina since 2000, and is the largest publicly traded software company headquartered in the state. The company was also recently named to the Fortune 56 Companies Changing the World list. The company's eco-friendly world headquarters provides a dynamic and collaborative workplace for nearly half of its rapidly growing workforce, which operates in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and North America.

"With our new headquarters, we're making a generational investment in the very community that supported us since well before we went public 14 years ago, while also launching the world's most creative workspace to cultivate innovation at the intersection of technology and social good," said Mike Gianoni, Blackbaud President and CEO. "From dedicated labs for disruptive innovation, to modern engineering spaces, to leading-edge technology that connects our global workforce like never before, we're positioned to do what we do–-bigger, better and faster. And that's good news for all of our customers and the millions of people who use our software around the world."

The new world headquarters is also home to the new Blackbaud Innovation Center, a high-tech meeting space where customers, partners, community leaders and influencers across the social economy can convene to turn action into impact. The site will support the company's ongoing community development and corporate citizenship activities, such as Camp Blackbaud, an employee-led STEM program that teaches elementary school children how to design and code. It also ultimately will be accessible to nonprofits in need of special meeting and event space.

Blackbaud, which was recently recognized on Forbes' America's Best Midsize Employers list for the third consecutive year, announced plans in 2016 to create 300 additional high-tech jobs over five years. The company is actively recruiting new staff and expects new positions to be added as the project continues to progress. "Behind all great companies are great people, so it's our top priority to make Blackbaud a place that attracts and retains top talent in the industry," said John Mistretta, executive vice president of Human Resources. "We designed this space based on what matters most to our people, which resulted in a sustainable, LEED-certified building that promotes employee wellness and collaboration; offering perks like a healthy dining café featuring local vendors, ergonomic furniture, a game room, an outdoor activities center, and more."

To mark the celebration of its grand opening, Blackbaud made a $25,000 donation to Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center to support the new facility Dee Norton opened on the Cainhoy peninsula, a space designed to help prevent abuse, protect children and heal families. Blackbaud has a long-standing commitment to supporting organizations that work with disadvantaged youth and this partnership with Dee Norton allows the company to make a meaningful investment in its own backyard.

Blackbaud was joined by both state and Charleston-area leaders to celebrate the new building, including Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler and Director of Global Business Development, South Carolina Department of Commerce Nelson Lindsay.

Charleston, Myrtle Beach Among Top 10 Best Small U.S. Cities, Study Says

OK, Charleston is not No. 1, at least on the latest study. But there are numerous other surveys that put the Holy City on the highest pedestal.

A new report by New York-based consulting firm Resonance places the city of horse-drawn carriages and cobblestone streets No. 4 on its list of Best Small Cities in the U.S. Up the coast, Myrtle Beach nabbed the No. 9 spot. Read more.

Business Acquisitions Boost Charleston’s Tech Economy

In the past twelve years, acquisitions of local tech companies by both publicly traded and privately held companies have exceeded a billion dollars with the pace of such acquisitions increasing in the past few years as some of Charleston's startup tech companies mature. Examples of recent acquisitions of these startups include SnapCap by Lending Tree, SPARC by Booz Allen Hamilton, Peoplematter by Snag and Pure Cars by Raycom Media.

When most people, including employees, hear about a start-up being acquired, they think of the intellectual property of the company being stripped out and consolidated by the parent at their headquarters far away and the existing employees given an option to move or get laid off. This has not been an issue in Charleston.

The acquisition of tech startups for Charleston has been demonstrably beneficial all around - a real win for the company, employees and most certainly the Charleston community.  

Most tech startup companies in Charleston that have been acquired have benefitted from substantial capital investments by way of expansion in staff and office facilities, expanded employee benefits and working capital to take on new projects. 

Many companies report that their parent has even worked to preserve the startup culture by limiting their influence to adding a little more rigor around business practices, a necessity in larger enterprises.

As an example, upon acquisition by Booz Allen Hamilton in 2015, SPARC's headcount rose to 400 employees, up from 250, the office footprint of their Charleston Digital Hub doubled to 72,000 square feet and staff have access to a more robust benefits package, including tuition reimbursement, a perk not typically available at tech startups. This pattern has also been experienced by other companies who have seen staffing increases of between 25% - 30% annually and more attractive compensation packages.

There is no denying that some friction will surface from integrating a nimble startup into a larger, publicly traded or privately held enterprise. But in an industry where cyber threats abound, the enhanced business practices and hardened security policies brought in by the parent companies are clearly beneficial to the smaller startups they acquire.

Companies with several hundred or thousands of employees and remote business units typically install more rigor around their products, adopt enhanced business practices and develop policies and procedures to increase shareholder value. They are also big proponents of purpose driven innovation and collective ingenuity.

While acquisitions can provide for stability and a higher level of support from the parent, employees are often concerned about the loss of culture that can result from the acquisition. The reality is that as companies mature and become more sophisticated, the casual startup lifestyle takes a back seat as office parties and free beer gives way to structure, stability and stock options. 

Companies that have been running lean in the early days and focused on the bottom line can now benefit from pushing the creative envelope while retaining and rewarding employees as access to capital becomes a little easier.

SnapCap's co-founder, Hunter Stunzi, summed it up by saying that any employee apprehension around their acquisition by LendingTree quickly dissolved as they realized the enhanced stability and creativity that comes from being part of a larger enterprise – a sentiment that was echoed by other companies that were also acquired.

Another benefit of tech business acquisitions in Charleston is that hiring becomes easier as seasoned professionals are attracted to working at marquis companies offering nationally competitive compensation packages, being able to occasionally rotate between company locations or just living a coastal community lifestyle.

While Charleston's tech economy is relatively young, companies making up this sector have contributed handsomely to raising per-capita wages in the region, attracting and retaining tech professionals, and diversifying Charleston's economy, all important issues for the region's economic resilience.

Marc Murphy, Atlatl Software CEO

Atlatl Software Announces Collaboration Between Oracle CPQ Cloud and Atlatl's Visual and Augmented Reality Product

Atlatl Software, a leading provider of 3D and augmented reality configuration software for manufacturers and Silver level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), today announced a collaboration with Oracle Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ) Cloud, part of the Oracle Customer Experience (CX) Cloud Suite. Atlatl's product offerings simplify the manufacturing sales process through rules-based engineering software and visual configuration of manufacturing product offerings.

Atlatl is leading the evolution of manufacturing sales with their innovative Visual, 3D and AR configurator solutions. Atlatl is working with Oracle to provide customers a near-seamless visualization product integration with Oracle CPQ Cloud in order to create an immersive, interactive sales environment.

"We're excited to work with Atlatl to offer our customers integrated 3D and augmented reality configuration with Oracle CPQ Cloud. Our collaboration allows our customers to deliver a compelling visual configuration experience with game-changing augmented reality," said Christopher Shutts, vice president CPQ cloud development at Oracle.

"Working with Oracle CPQ Cloud is an exciting step for Atlatl. Our product offerings complement Oracle's already robust software to provide customers with one of the most comprehensive sales enablement solutions currently on the market," said Susan Burris, vice president of enterprise at Atlatl Software.

Atlatl has been mentioned in Inc.com, G2Crowd, and Gartner solidifying their place among Visual, 3D and Augmented Reality Configurator industry giants. Being a new, growing company listed alongside mature, established vendors is an incredible opportunity and solidifies Atlatl's offering as industry leading.

"The recent attention Atlatl has garnered is both validating and motivating. The visual shift in the B2B market is coinciding with the advent of new technology, like Atlatl's," added Marc Murphy, CEO of Atlatl Software.

Oracle CPQ Cloud is part of the Oracle CX Cloud Suite, which empowers organizations to take a smarter approach to customer experience management and business transformation initiatives. By providing a trusted business platform that connects data, experiences and outcomes, Oracle CX Cloud Suite helps customers reduce IT complexity, deliver innovative customer experiences and achieve predictable and tangible business results.

Upcoming Events

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CODEcamp Meetup

Technology is in every aspect of our lives. Attend our CODEcamp meetup to learn the basis of what drives the technology we use every day. It may just spark an interest that leads you to pursue a career in web development. Learn more and register HERE.

CODEcamp Kids Summer Camp - CS Upstart

CODEcamp Kids CS Upstart is a week-long half-day camp designed for middle school students to promote an interest in computer science and tech careers while expanding on the core STEM concepts from their other classes. Students learn the fundamentals of web development (HTML, CSS and Javascript) and entry-level robotics. CODEcamp Kids CS Upstart classes:

  • Introduce middle-school students to coding & web development in a fun, engaging format
  • Help students discover a passion and potential career path in the high-wage, high-demand tech industry
  • Engage middle schoolers with several fun projects in front of their computer and has them coding from the first class
  • Introduces middle schoolers to industry professionals (2 visitors per week)

Class Format:

This course is lab-based. Students learn the fundamentals of computer science by:

  • Designing a simple web page (CSS/HTML)
  • Constructing an electromagnet
  • Building and programming a robot

Vitals:

  • Location: Charleston Digital Corridor's FS2 Incubator Mac Lab at 78 Alexander Street
  • Schedule: Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 1:00pm (2 sessions)
  • Computer provided
  • Cost: $249 for the week-long program
  • Phone: 843.607.1264
  • Email: kids@chscodecamp.com
  • Social: Facebook or Twitter

Introduction to Web Development

CODEcamp is an in-classroom continuing tech education program designed for busy adults exploring a potential new career in the software industry or working professionals seeking a career change. Students learn the fundamentals of web development (HTML, CSS & Javascript) in a hands-on classroom environment. Learn more HERE