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The University of South Carolina is famous for fostering entrepreneurship. Our graduates rank nationally in number of startup businesses created.

National Science Foundation Innovation Corps Program

The University of South Carolina is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site. 

What is I-Corps?

A suite of activities and programs that aim to accelerate the commercialization of technology-driven ideas. 

The USC site offers workshops for...
  • Lean LaunchPad Methodology
  • Customer Discovery
  • Business Model Development

How to Get Involved

The I-Corps program application is open twice each year.


Entrepreneurial Workshops

Tailored for non-business majors and hosted in partnership with the Faber Entrepreneurship Center

Learn the Basics

  • Opportunity and Market Analysis
  • Business Planning
  • Market Penetration Strategy
  • New Venture Teams and Leadership
  • Resource Planning and Development

Led by Dirk Brown, Director of the Faber Entrepreneurship Center and a clinical assistant professor at the Darla Moore School of Business.


Business Partnership Opportunities


The Proving Ground Competition

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.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.