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Global Alliance for South Carolina (GASC)

A major objective of the Global Alliance for South Carolina is to develop relationships that facilitate recruiting small, innovative “high tech” companies and firms to establish operations in South Carolina.

Most state government resources and priorities are focused on recruiting medium-to-large businesses within the manufacturing sector, not small technology companies operating across a number of different sectors.  This “as yet untapped” opportunity lies in leveraging existing international relationships, adding private sector resources, and enabling new processes and programs with counterpart entities in Israel and Estonia.  The goal is to build a tailored support infrastructure capable of attracting high potential small businesses from these countries and perhaps other international sources that may be added sometime in the future.

GASC is a business and research support ecosystem for companies that wish to establish a presence in South Carolina.

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Stakeholders and Roles

Advanced Technology International

  • Manages Binational R&D Projects on behalf of GASC – Mutually beneficial cooperation between the private sectors of the SC and Israeli high tech industries, including start-ups and established organizations.  The first cycle of SC-Israel projects launched in 2013; a parallel track for SC-Estonia projects will launch in early 2018.
  • Manages Defense/Homeland Security Technology Collaborations at the national (U.S.) level – Broad insight into potential SC-based collaboration partners.
  • Learn more at ati.org.

SC Department of Commerce

  • Partnering Opportunity Identification – Local Economic Development professionals are employed by South Carolina counties and municipalities to provide assistance for business in their area. They work to promote and ensure the economic growth of their community and are available to assist any business.
  • Business Referrals – In some states they call it networking.  Here it is just being neighborly. We know the people you need to know to do better business:  bankers, vendors, real estate agents. Let us hear from you, so we can make further introductions to contacts that could benefit your business.
  • Export Services – SC Commerce seeks to identify South Carolina companies that can take advantage of the Department’s export programs.
  • Learn more at sccommerce.com.

Charleston Regional Development Alliance

  • Confidential, objective business assistance resource — helps businesses and entrepreneurs locate and expand in the greater Charleston area, which includes Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties.
  • Small business recruitment incentives – provides access to SC Department of Commerce “Landing Pad” resources for the greater Charleston area
  • Access to advanced / third party logistics support services. crda.org 

SCRA SC Launch

  • Supports nearly 200 Early Stage SC-based Technology Companies – The SC Launch program provides investments, grant opportunities, mentoring and support to early-stage technology companies, bridging the gap from friends and family financing to later-stage investments.  These companies could be good candidates for partnering in binational industry R&D projects.
  • Provides Entrepreneurial Support Services Network – Resource Partner and Executive Advisor Programs foster business collaboration, connect executive mentors and provide meaningful support in key business areas, including accounting, banking,  business services, engineering, human resources,  information technology, insurance/risk management, legal, and sales/marketing.
  • Landing Party Support for Companies Establishing a Presence in SC – Ability to tailor financial support with entrepreneurial support and combine that support with other interested public/private organizations to assist companies relocating to SC.
  • Learn more at scra.org/what-we-do/support-entrepreneurs.

College of Charleston

  • Faculty and Student Exchanges – In partnership with the Harry and Reba Huge Foundation, the College of Charleston supports various academic exchanges with the principal universities in Estonia – Tallinn University of Technology, University of Tartu.
  • Student Business Competitions – In partnership with the Harry and Reba Huge Foundation, the College of Charleston supports “Network Globally, Act Locally” (NGAL), an international student business competition involving the College of Charleston, The Citadel, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Tallinn University of Technology and University of Tartu.  Many of the participating students move forward from the competition to establish their own start-up businesses.
  • Infrastructure Support – The College of Charleston is providing infrastructure support (facilities and logistics) to GASC through the GASC Support Center it hosts on campus.
  • Learn more at cofc.edu.

Medical University of South Carolina

  • Medical Research – Key areas of focus for MUSC research efforts include cancer, community health, drug discovery, health disparities, inflammation & fibrosis, neuroscience, oral health and stroke & spinal cord injury.
  • Life Sciences Technologies – Through its partnership with and support for the Zucker Institute of Applied Neurosciences, MUSC has been pursuing several research partnerships with counterpart organizations in Israel.
  • Learn more at musc.edu.

University of South Carolina

  • Research – Key areas of focus for USC research efforts include health sciences, advanced materials, energy, and environment and sustainability.
  • Aerospace Technology R&D – The Ronald E. McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research offers aerospace education, research, outreach and economic engagement.
  • CyberSecurity Research – SC Cyber is a statewide initiative, based at the University of South Carolina, that will create and offer programs for training and workforce development, education, advanced technology development and commercialization, and critical infrastructure protection.
  • Learn more at sc.edu.

Clemson University

  • Advanced Materials Research – Advanced materials research is about making products smarter, better and faster. The Clemson University Advanced Materials Center, an innovative campus and technology park located in Anderson, SC, is poised to become a powerful magnet for the advanced materials industry. The research done here will have a positive global impact and will help bring world-renowned companies to the Upstate.
  • Automotive Technologies Research – Our entire program is devoted to the discipline of automotive engineering. This focus sets us apart and gives our students remarkable opportunities. It’s one of the reasons that more than 99 percent of alumni are using their degrees in either the automotive industry or academia.
  • Learn more at clemson.edu.

The Citadel

  • Student Business Competitions — Participation in the annual NGAL (Network Globally; Act Locally) entrepreneurial competition
  • Student Summer Study Program — A Summer Study Program in Estonia for our students
  • Cybersecurity Collaborations — A budding partnership between our Center for Cyber, Intelligence, and Security Studies and counterparts in Estonia
  • Learn more at citadel.edu.


  • Tech college/university workforce development assets
  • Connections to 45+ CEOs in regional leadership group
  • R&D, start-up partnerships and support
  • Learn more at engenuitysc.com.

Upstate SC Alliance

  • International Landing Pads
  • Business Partnering
  • Export Resource Referrals
  • Learn more at upstatescalliance.com.