Clemson economic development center helps startups

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Clemson University’s Regional Economic Development Center startup company incubators in Rock Hill and Hartsville brought more than a dozen new companies under the Clemson Technology Villages umbrella in 2014.

Startups included a developer of software platforms to optimize industries like machine manufacturing and public health administration, one that digitizes historic architecture in South Carolina and another that is developing a biofuel out of unique, regional algae.

Expansion of the program also allowed REDC to increase capacity by adding new paid positions for Clemson students to serve the startups’ needs.

“As an international student working on my MBA, I was searching for a good way to gain a deeper understanding of American business and business culture,” said Ryan Zhou, a Clemson MBA candidate, in a release. “I found that the assistantship at REDC was the perfect vehicle to achieve those goals.”

The REDC and the Technology Villages program now serve more than two dozen startups and small businesses across the state.

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