About Us

Like a building, in business there are many floors or stories…
levels to reach your goals.

If you’re an entrepreneur, how can you sit at the same table as the owner of a mid-size company?

If you represent a national company and you’re looking for local resources to help expand your reach in South Carolina, how do you cross paths?  

Entrepreneur Magazine has reported that “Small businesses and startups are the breeding grounds for innovation… Small business owners and serial entrepreneurs who understand the relationship between big business and innovation are able to exploit it to achieve some awesome financial success.”  

However, the communication channel between a new venture and multinational company is not a bridge… It has to be an elevator!   

Enter the i4Series… your source of premiere presentations, articles, and networking events that provide a behind-the-scenes look at the “elevator success stories” around you and put you on the same floor. Please join us at our next event!

Upcoming Events

 

June 20, 2019 | The Economic Impact of Innovation
Innovative ideas are driving our economy and transforming businesses in amazing ways. Join us at the Upstate SC Alliance to hear success stories and learn about resources that are available to help keep your business relevant in an innovation economy. Panelists will join us from SCRAUpstate SC Alliance and the Clemson University Research Foundation. Networking with breakfast and coffee starts at 8am. Registration available soon.

 

Latest News

SiMT’s Gould Business Incubator Helps German Company Expand in SC

 As a leading manufacturer of cooling systems for personal computers and the eSports industry, ARCTIC, Inc. has been a well-established business in Europe and Hong Kong for more than 15 years. Since that time, the company has expanded its product line into consumer...

SCRA Announces Five New Client Companies

May 8, 2019, Summerville, S.C. – SCRA announced the recent acceptance of five Client Companies into its entrepreneurial program, SC Launch. Client Companies receive mentoring and support services and may also be eligible for funding.   Coastal Companies  ...

The Untold Kanga Story: Where it All Began

We've heard a lot about the Clemson grads who appeared on Shark Tank earlier this month and walked away with a $100,000 investment deal, but there's an untold Kanga story. Logan LaMance takes us back to where it all began. Like many young people, Logan had a decision...

Move Up: Quick Guide for Great Places to Work and Live

The Upstate SC Alliance has launched the "Move Up" campaign to showcase towns in a 10-county region as great places to work and live. The announcement was made at the 2019 Annual Meeting, with nearly 500 business leaders in attendance.   More than 10,000 employers...

Kopis Named Small Business Of The Month

The Greenville Business Magazine reports that Kopis, a leading software development company, was recently named Greenville Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Month. Founded in 1999, Kopis has deep roots in the South Carolina technology community. With senior...

Digital Maven: Lessons learned from big corporations’ data breaches

By Laura Haight, March 28, 2019 - Failure is the best determinant of future success. There are a lot of more inspiring quotes on the subject than this, but the point is the same. To help us all learn from others’ mistakes, periodically I like to take a current event...

SiMT Entrepreneurship Day – March 19, 2019

The Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology located at Florence-Darlington Technical College has announced a day to educate entrepreneurs about resources that are available to help initiate, market, and finance their businesses. [button...

SCRA AND SC LAUNCH CELEBRATE $1 BILLION IN FOLLOW-ON FUNDING FOR SC-BASED COMPANIES

Summerville, S.C.– SCRA, a public, non-profit corporation that fuels South Carolina’s innovation economy, celebrated a milestone of $1 billion of follow-on capital secured by Client Companies in the SC Launch Program. SC Launch, SCRA’s entrepreneurial program,...

Importance of testing technology

A quality testing plan for new tech will minimize issues, reduce time to market costs, maximize results. New year, new stuff. Many companies steer clear of major system upgrades in the fourth quarter. So depending upon your industry, it’s very likely you’ve got an...

Recent US Supreme Court Ruling is a Warning to File Patent Applications Early, Else Lose Your Rights.

By Doug Kim - On January 22, 2019, a unanimous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court held that under the Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA), a “secret sale” of an invention can cause the inventor to lose patent rights. The AIA includes a section that prohibits patent...

Networking Events

Our networking events are free and open to anyone in the business community. We also help promote other events put on by i4 Partners. Click on the calendar section to see what is coming up next.

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