For many years, Ignite! was EngenuitySC's flagship celebration of the Midlands. This event, first held in 2004 under a different name as a celebration of the local knowledge economy and entrepreneurship, evolved into a total celebration of regional competitiveness and featured exciting speakers, creative food and cocktails, and memorable keynote presentations that showcased our amazing community. The exciting and innovative event was produced in-house by EngenuitySC and held annually through 2016.
FUEL CELL COLLABORATIVE
From 2006 to 2016, EngenuitySC worked in partnership with SCRA, UofSC, Midlands Technical College, the City of Columbia and the Savannah River National Lab on the Fuel Cell Collaborative initiative. With project management support from EngenuitySC, the Collaborative discovered and recruited the next generation of innovators, talent and researchers; developed technologies and sustainable, thriving firms; and deployed projects into the marketplace through supportive collaborations with private sector, higher ed, government, and community leaders.
Science Cafe, started in 2007, brought citizens of the Midlands together monthly to learn about the exciting research and entrepreneurial work taking place in South Carolina through the SmartState program. The Café discussed the latest ideas in science and technology in a free-form, non-traditional academic context. The program inspired people to take an interest in the sciences and ran for eight years under the banner of EngenuitySC.
COLUMBIA TALENT MAGNET PROJECT and COR
In 2008, a partnership was formed between EngenuitySC, the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the Midlands Authority for Sports, Conventions, and Tourism, and The City of Columbia to establish the Columbia Talent Magnet Project; an initiative to attract, engage, and retain students, recent graduates, recent arrivals, and young professionals in the Greater Columbia region. Over time, that initiative evolved into what is today known as COR, Columbia Opportunity Resource. COR is a volunteer-board-driven initiative that seeks to connect professionals to social, volunteer, and professional networking opportunities in the Midlands. Both at the beginning of the initiative in 2008 and again in 2018, EngenuitySC provided critical administrative and project management support to launch and sustain this important talent initiative through times of growth and transition. We are proud of our decade-long association with this important competitiveness effort.Learn More
Launched in 2010, NuHub was a collaborative project that worked for several years to maximize the economic and job creation impact of the nuclear enterprise on the midlands of South Carolina. With project management support from EngenuitySC, NuHub focused on nuclear research, development, demonstration, education and economic development collaboration through a consortium of public, private, higher education and business development interests.
Coursepower was created in 2013 to turn South Carolina into a top producer and consumer of digital talent. An academic track called Applied Computing, offered at four Midlands higher ed institutions, added a valuable technology underpinning to students' existing course of study, better preparing them to thrive in today's global digital marketplace and providing local businesses with the talent that they need. EngenuitySC played a critical project management role in the first year providing a strong foundation for its eventual growth under IT-oLogy.
MIDLANDS REALITY CHECK
In 2013 and 2014, EngenuitySC provided the staff support needed to execute an unprecedented, day-long exercise with 400 public, private and nonprofit sector participants and volunteers who worked together to establish a vision for how our region will grow by choice, not by chance in the next 30 years.
The Proving Ground
From 2014-2016, EngenuitySC provided project management support for The Proving Ground, the University of South Carolina's entrepreneurial competition to identify and accelerate innovative business concepts. Teams of USC students, recent alumni, faculty, and staff competed for more than $50,000 in seed money, startup support, and the chance to turn their ideas into reality during Global Entrepreneurship Week.Learn More
WHAT'S NEXT MIDLANDS
What's Next Midlands was a project launched by EngenuitySC and partners in 2016. This project became an idea hub that inspired community action. Neighbors throughout the Midlands offered ideas to make our region more welcoming, friendly and buzz-worthy. Social investors funded a handful of livability projects each year - projects that were delivered by individuals and organizations, guided by the staff of EngenuitySC. What’s Next projects included public seating and recycling on Main Street in Columbia, a network of bicycle repair stands throughout Columbia, Cayce, and West Columbia, a summer series of pop-up drive-in movie theatres, and the Southern Lights laser installation spanning the Congaree River.
In 2017, SC Cyber - a statewide initiative based at the University of South Carolina with a mission to develop the talent, techniques and tools to defend critical, connected infrastructure within South Carolina and the U.S. - partnered with EngenuitySC for startup project management support as they built a foundation for growth. Among other things, our team provided manpower as SC Cyber sought to impact professional and K-12 education initiatives, provide certification courses, promote critical infrastructure protection, and emphasize access to talent and subject matter experts in the security industry.Learn More
CENTRAL MIDLANDS COG
The Central Midlands Council of Governments (COG) contracted EngenuitySC to assist with its 2017 update of the regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). EngenuitySC provided project management, stakeholder coordination, information synthesis and analysis, and summary recommendations for this important 5-year regional plan.