Thursday, May 31, 2012

Behind the Launch: How to Court Startup Investors

Mashable‘s new video series, Behind the Launch, takes a look at Vungle, an in-app video advertising startup

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The South Carolina-Israel Experience: How the Midlands Can Benefit

The South Carolina-Israel Collaboration is an effort to create greater business relationships between South Carolina and Israel. Please join the Collaboration and MITA, the Midlands International Trade Association for “The South Carolina-Israel Experience: How the Midlands Can Benefit” from noon-2 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, at the Columbia Marriott Hotel. Cost is $25 per person.

The Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring this event along with USC/Innovista, the Central South Carolina Economic Development Alliance and Parker Poe Law Firm. Featured speakers will include Jonathan Zucker, president of the Inter/Tech Group in Charleston and chairman of the collaboration; Tom Vogt, associate vice president for research at USC; Diane Weiner, director of business development for the Israeli company Healarium; and Tom Glaser, president of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce.

The South Carolina-Israel Collaboration, formed in 2011, has already succeeded in raising our state’s profile in Israel and generating business and research relationships that are beneficial to both sides. A 26-person South Carolina delegation to Israel last November included a significant group from the Midlands, and another such economic development trip is being planned for 2012.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Greg Hilton Discusses Midlands Center for Entrepreneurial and Technological Innovation (CETI)

Entrepreneur and economic developer Greg Hilton sat down with the Don Herriott from USC Innovista to talk about the new Midlands Center for Entrepreneurial and Technological Innovation (CETI). The start up center will focus on providing a one-stop destination for all things entrepreneurial.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Discover a New Form of Alternative Energy at the Science Cafe on May 8th

Learn about Graphene, a cleaner more sustainable replacement for fossil fuels.  

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Featuring Dr. MVS Chandrashekhar

Join us as we present Dr. MVS Chandrashekhar, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of South Carolina as he shares his research on Graphene, a new form of alternative energy.
Advanced registration is strongly encouraged for this month's topic in order to become a part of our Loyalty Program. 

Graphene - Changing the Alternative Energy World

ne has been called the "next exciting thing" in alternative energy, it is a one-atom thick material with endless potential.  Graphene is a nano-sized version of plain graphite that could potentially pave the way for ultra-fast computer speeds and high-powered environmental sensors as well as meet our critical need for cost-effective, high-power, and high-capacity energy storage solutions.  This energy source could help us improve our wind, solar, and geothermal technologies, regenerate braking in hybrid and electric vehicles, and energy balance power grids.  
Who is MVS Chandrashekhar?Dr. Chandrashekhar is more than just a professor and researcher, he is a young entrepreneur who is leading the way in the the clean, alternative energy world.  He has broad exposure to the different types of energy problems economies face and has targeted his work toward finding novel, low cost, fast energy payback solutions to sustainable energy production.   He believes that graphene can change the world as we know it and end our current reliance on fossil fuels.

Come see what the future has to offer...If you have an interest in the future of alternative energy, this is a cafe you won't want to miss!  Join us on Tuesday, May 8th, as Dr. Chandrasehkhar presents an explanation of this quickly developing new energy form.

Tuesday, May 8
Capital City Club, 1201 Main St.
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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Midlands Tech Program to Help Cluster

By C. Grant Jackson
Midlands Technical College‘s announcement last month of a $5 million training grant from the U.S. Department of Labor was a win for Columbia’s insurance technology and services cluster.
The insurance technology and services cluster is a huge economic engine for the region. A study released last week by iTs|SC, the regional cluster organization, found that insurance technology and services has a $6.7 billion total annual economic impact in South Carolina. That represents 2.5% of the Gross State Product.
Most of that industry’s workers, about 15,000, are employed at firms in the Columbia cluster at an average salary of $62,000. The cluster’s total annual sales are $4.9 billion.
The study was conducted through Business in Motion, a joint project of the Navigating from Good to Great Foundation and the City of Columbia. The results were reviewed and estimates and data were validated by Joseph Von Nessen, research economist at USC’s Darla Moore School of Business.
The study, the first attempt to quantify the regional industry, delivered findings that bode well for continued growth of the industry. Of the companies surveyed:
§  70% plan to expand locally in the next 12-18 months
§  100% are expecting sales to grow over the next 12 months
§  55% said they expect to increase their workforce in the next 18 months and 45% said they would at least maintain current levels....
Continue reading at the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.