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USC's startup center to host incubator demo Tuesday night

Staff Report
Published Jan. 21, 2013

The USC/Columbia Technology Incubator and the university’s Center for Entrepreneurial & Technology Innovation will host a product demo and launch event Tuesday.

If you go

What: Launch of USC's startup center and incubator open house
When: Tuesday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: 1225 Laurel St., Columbia.
Cost: Free. To register, click here.
The event marks the opening of CETI's collaborative workspace for entrepreneurs and will showcase 15 startups housed at the incubator. Attendees will be able to meet startup founders, test drive products and tour the center.

Companies to be featured include Beitz & Daigh Geographics Inc., Bridge to Life, DinoBrite Productions, Direct Measurements Inc., Ganal Technologies, HuddleHR, IMCS, Koala Bottle, S.C. Center of Economic Excellence in Tourism and Economic Development, SysEDA, Voterheads, Varna International, WishBox USA and 52 Apps.

“We’ve spent the past 18 months repositioning and reinvesting in our incubation program,” said Bill Kirkland, executive director of the incubator, in a news release. “We added 19 high-quality companies last year. The addition of the startup center brings even more value to the program.”

CETI’s startup center serves as a launch point for early-stage companies. The 1,700-square-foot center includes private meeting rooms, pull-up and plug-in workspaces, wireless Internet access and areas for brainstorming and white boarding.

“In addition to the resource center we’re also building an incredible portfolio of high-impact programs and services of, by and for entrepreneurs. The demo night is all about building this community and showing what's possible in Columbia,” said Greg Hilton, director of CETI.

The USC/Columbia Technology Incubator is a nonprofit corporation sponsored by the University of South Carolina, the city of Columbia and area governments, and materially supported by businesses and private donors. It is currently home to 32 startup companies.

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