Initiatives

At EngenuitySC, we’re focused on building partnerships and measuring success around five indicators of competitive communities: innovative capacity, talent, entrepreneurial/business environment, livability and strong industry clusters. Our activities, initiatives and projects can be directly linked to one or more of these indicators. 

Facilitating a collaborative focus on these economic indicators is the foundation for building a competitive edge that will accelerate economic progress. EngenuitySC serves as the community’s “collaboration vehicle”, facilitating a place where public, private and higher education sectors can come together to focus on building a more competitive Midlands. 

Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report 

The Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report is an annual publication that scores the Columbia MSA and comparative regions on five indicators of competitive communities: innovative capacity, talent, entrepreneurial environment, livability, and industry clusters. See the first annual report, published in October 2014, here

Carolina Alliance for Technology (CAT)

The Carolina Alliance for Technology program redesigns the high school experience and creates a more personalized, hands-on learning community within these schools. It also provides opportunities for career exploration, job shadowing, industry mentoring and service learning projects.

Fuel Cell Collaborative 

The Fuel Cell Collaborative is working to attract top fuel cell and alternative energy companies and talent to the Columbia region. The colaborative discovers and recruits the next generation of innovators, talent, and reserachers; develops technologies and sustainable, thriving firms that will change the face of the fuel cell market; and deploys projects and businesses into the marketplace through supportive collaborations and lasting relationships with private sector, higher education, government and community leaders. 

Ignite! 

Regional leaders and engaged citizens celebrate our community’s success stories in entrepreneurship and innovation at EngenuitySC’s annual flagship event. In 2013, the event drew a crowd of over 600 Midlands leaders and innovators who came together to celebrate everyone who inspires you to act, to move, and to change the way you and the world see Columbia.

Lower Richland STEM

EngenuitySC is the Project Manager for the implementation of a federal STEM Education Coalition grant at Lower Richland High School. Under the high school's leadership, students are exposed to coursework that will prepare them for advanced study at the collegiate level, as well as highly skilled careers with our state's most innovative companies. Students, parents and teachers in teh STEM program also benefit from exposure to a wide variety of enrichment and resources outside of the classroom.

NuHub 

NuHub was launched to maximize the economic and job creation impact of the nuclear enterprise on the midlands of South Carolina. It serves as a nuclear research, development, demonstration, education and economic development collaborative. NuHub is a consortium of public, private, higher education and business development interests that share the common goal of maximizing the economic and job creation impact of the nuclear renaissance on the Midstate of South Carolina

Science Café 

Science Café brings citizens of the Midlands together monthly in a cool atmosphere to learn about the exciting research & entrepreneurial work taking place in SC through the SmartState program. The Cafe meets the second Tuesday of every month to discuss the latest ideas in science and technology in a free-form, non-traditional academic context. The program is a forum for the exchange of knowledge, heavy Q&A, and debte in a safe, fun environment. It is our hope that the Cafe will enlighten and inspire people to take an interest in the sciences. 

The Proving Ground

EngenuitySC is proud to collaborate on The Proving Ground, the University of South Carolina's entrepreneurial competition to identify and accelerate innovative business concepts that will change the world and change the way people live. Teams of USC students, recent alumni, faculty, and staff compete for more than $80,000 in seed money, startup support, and the chance to turn their ideas into reality during Global Entrepreneurship Week.