Wednesday, August 7, 2013

USC Providing Entrepreneurial Talent to Columbia

Andrew Lee was prepared to leave Columbia upon graduation from USC, but when the opportunity came to pursue his entrepreneurial endeavors, he decided to stay.

With the help of professors and personnel at the University of South Carolina, Lee has co-founded, and now runs, Integrated Micro-Chromatography Systems, or IMCS. An innovative start-up involved in the R&D/safety testing process of many products, IMCS has created a unique micro-filter that dramatically speeds this portion of development. 

There exists a slew of products and processes that involve separating a specific material from a complex mixture, which is mainly part of safety testing. These filters, developed by Lee and IMCS, not only cut down on wasted time, but also increase efficiency in an array of processes, such as testing a patient's Vitamin D levels in their blood. 

And all of this is happening right here in Columbia. Lee now runs IMCS, which is housed in the IdeaLabs of the Horizon building, part of USC's Innovista district - the research facility district, managed by the newly-developed USC Office of Economic Engagement. 

This is exactly the type of entrepreneurial talent we love to showcase at our annual showcase event, Ignite! EngenuitySC works tirelessly to find, showcase, and connect Columbia's innovative talent of the creative class to further innovate our knowledge economy. Check out the exciting happenings at the nationally-recognized event and attend in November! 

Read more about Lee's success as an entrepreneur and IMCS here

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Columbia: one of America's "10 Great Places to Live"

Mayor Steve Benjamin delivered the news - Columbia has been named as one of America's "10 Great Places to Live" in a recent list by Kiplinger.

Kiplinger releases this ranking annually, focusing on small and mid-size cities, considering metro areas with a population of one million or less. Their main criteria for the ranking: "good jobs, reasonably priced homes, decent schools, great health care and manageable size are all essential parts of the mix." 

This is just one of many recent accolades to which Columbia and the Midlands have been named. The efforts of both public officials and the Columbia business community are coming to fruition in the form of national recognition as the great place that it is. 

Our partnership with the Midlands Urban Land Institute aims to continue this success with urban planning as the main plan of action. The Midlands Reality Check event in October will bring together 300 leaders in the Midlands community to map out a plan for the proposed population growth of 450,000 over the next 25 years, to continue our recent successes. All of this is done to ensure that we grow in the best way possible: by choice, not chance.

Check out Kiplinger's full ranking here