The University of South Carolina is famous for fostering entrepreneurship. Our graduates rank nationally in number of startup businesses created. The graduate international business program is the number one ranked program in the country . And U.S. News & World Report recently named the University of South Carolina one of the ten "most promising and innovative" universities.

NSF Innovation Corps Program Opportunities

University of South Carolina is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site. The I-Corps program is a suite of activities and programs that aim to accelerate the commercialization of technology-driven ideas. The Site offers workshops on Lean LaunchPad methodology, customer discovery, and business model development. Participants will receive seed funding for prototyping, travel and other business expenses.

The I-Corps program announces that the application is open 2 times per year. Check out this I - Corps Announcement flyer for more information.

Entrepreneurial Workshops

The Graduate School has partnered with the Faber Entrepreneurship Center to host workshops on entrepreneurship and new venture formation. The workshops are tailored for non-business majors. Students learn the basics of opportunity and market analysis, business planning, market penetration strategy, new venture teams and leadership, and resource planning and development. The workshops are led by Dirk Brown, Director of the Faber Entrepreneurship Center and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina.

Business Partnership Opportunities

The Office of Economic Engagement connects businesses, industry and entrepreneurs to the many resources of the University of South Carolina to create jobs, accelerate innovation and drive economic prosperity in the state, region and around the world.

The Center for Entrepreneurial and Technological Innovation (CETi) at USC is focused on finding, educating, connecting and accelerating high potential early stage technology and innovative-driven ventures.


The Proving Ground is an annual student competition intended to identify and accelerate innovative business concepts. Teams of students compete for more than $50,000 in seed money, startup support and the chance to turn their ideas into reality.