What We Do

The Beaufort Digital Corridor nurtures and promotes technology entrepreneurs. Our BASEcamp facility - located in downtown Beaufort - provides scalable office space for tech startups and coworking desks for remote workers. BDC offers networking opportunities, continuing education, and member-driven programs to help grow the tech economy in the Lowcountry.

Talent

Opportunities Abound
Tech Business Directory, Job & Talent Listings, LiveWorkMentor, CODEcamp, Game On!

Spaces

Get Working
Work Spaces, Scalable Offices, Coworking Desks, Conference Room, Event and Meeting Space

Community

Peer Networking
TECHconnect, BASEcamp Gallery, Fridays @ the Corridor, Coworking @ the Corridor, Beaufort Free Wi-fi

Capital

Accelerating Growth
Regional Tech Investors, Capital-related Education, Pitch Events, Looking to add to Investors List
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Latest News

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Beaufort Digital Corridor on 843TV

The Beaufort Digital Corridor will be doing a series of talks with WHHI-TV's 843TV in the coming months. We are pleased to announce the first episode featuring Executive Director Shelley Barratt; resident Wave Sciences' Keith McElveen, and entrepreneurs in residence Life Launcher represented by Alex Krauss. WATCH HERE.

We invite you to learn more about different aspects of our tech ecosystem. Enjoy the journey- we certainly are!

CODEcamp Beaufort Fall 2019

The Beaufort Digital Corridor announces the Fall 2019 class of CODEcamp – Introduction to Web Development, its final offering of the year. Registration is open now for this limited seating opportunity.

The eight-week course is on Saturdays from 10:00am-1:00pm starting October 5 through November 23, 2019 at the Corridor's BASEcamp facility. CODEcamp is a project-based, introductory code education program designed for busy adults of all experience levels in a convenient, affordable guided class format. Students learn fundamentals of HTML, CSS and JavaScript with a combination of written and verbal instruction using real-time online programs.

We are pleased to again involve the University of South Carolina Beaufort with CODEcamp instruction. This year, Jarod Valvo, a junior in the computational science program at USCB, will instruct the class. With the professor-appointed best website of his class as well as having taught coding languages to middle schoolers, Jarod is up to the task and excited to instruct a new class in learning front-end web development. Our inaugural CODEcamp Beaufort class was taught by Dr. Brian Canada, Chair of the Department of Computer Science at USCB.

If you are curious about what it takes to create the look, feel and design of a website this is your chance to see what it's all about! The practical application of what is learned with hands-on CODEcamp can be utilized right away. The next class will cover a different kind of coding, such as Android, React Native or a beginning course on mobile (iOS/android), depending on what the community wants to learn. Participants can further their coding education by attending the SC Codes monthly meetup at BASEcamp. SC Codes is a free self-guided platform for all South Carolinians to continue their coding education.

Talent, one of the pillars of the Beaufort Digital Corridor, is crucial to the economic vitality and global competitiveness of the Lowcountry. Generating curiosity about coding and improving technical education contributes to the innovation and skills of our changing workforce. To become a sponsor of the program, please contact info@beaufortdigital.com.

Beaufort News Business Report

Carlton Dallas talks about the Beaufort Digital Corridor, its BASEcamp facility, and its connection with the business community on the Beaufort Business Report, The Beaufort News, WHHITV.

Member Highlight: SK Signs & Designs

SK Signs & Designs is a local marketing company with a big vision for your success. In addition to signs, banners, web design, logo design, and social media management, they are currently working on more video projects and adding to their capabilities. Multi-Camera Facebook/YouTube Live is great for:

  • How To's
  • Cooking
  • Demonstration
  • New Product Reviews
  • Meetings

They also are available for training in-house staff on Best Social Practices for your business.

Shawn & Kelly of SK Signs & Designs can help your company take control of your online web presence, increase profit by using your website blog, SEO, Social Media and several other online tools.

Member Highlight: Life Launcher

Are you prepared to pay for college? With student loans rising nationally, students are in need of a source that provides them with the resources and advice to ensure post grad financial stability.

Life Launcher is a platform that provides a personalized dashboard to allow students to make the most informed financial decisions when it comes to their major, job, university, and city choice. For more information about their platform: Life Launcher

Life Launcher was started by several students from the College of Charleston's ImpactX accelerator program. The students have been in Beaufort this summer as entrepreneurs in residence for our Live Work Mentor program. To hear about their Beaufort experience: 843TV Interview with Alex Krauss, Life Launcher

Bonnett: Seed grant bridges communities, entrepreneurial effort

One of the strategic initiatives outlined in the Savannah Economic Development Authority's recently released Propel Savannah study (at www.propelsavannah.com) is to "Catalyze a Complete Funding Continuum for Entrepreneurial Endeavors."

This week, we took one small step for the Savannah region (yup, I've been watching too much Apollo 11 coverage). On Tuesday, the Creative Coast received a federal grant from the Economic Development Administration to fund the development of a seed fund in the region.

This grant will help fund the launch and management of a $2 million to $10 million seed fund that will invest in about 30 high-growth potential startups in an eight-county region (Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties in South Carolina, and Chatham, Bulloch, Bryan, Liberty and Effingham counties in Georgia).

While the Creative Coast took the lead on this endeavor, it was truly a community effort. To qualify for the grant, we had to find matching dollars, in either cash or services, from the community to support us. Our allies and funders on this endeavor are SEDA, Hunter Maclean, TJS Deemer Dana, Bennett Thrasher, Pilot Mountain Ventures, Abshire PR, East Taylor Creative, Carolina Textile and E2 Advisors.

In addition to our funders, the following organizations supported the effort with letters of support/commitment: Georgia Southern University, Georgia Tech Savannah, Savannah Technical College, Technology Association of Georgia, Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, University of Georgia Small Business Development Center, Maven Makers, SCORE Savannah, South Carolina Lowcountry SCORE, Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, Southern Carolina Regional Development Alliance, Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation and Beaufort Digital Corridor.

Last, our key strategic partner is the Don Ryan Center for Innovation, a business incubator in Bluffton with a similar mission to that of the Creative Coast.

If you've made it this far, you have come to realize that this fund, which we are calling the Bridge Fund, goes across the Savannah River, across the state line. I believe this was key to our success in receiving the federal funding.

This is a "Regional Innovation Strategies" grant and regions go across state lines. Talent and customers travel across state lines every day. We believe investors will, too.

Now the real work begins. Now we go out and raise $2million to $10 million from high-net-worth individuals and companies to fund the fund, and eventually the companies, which are interested in a return on both their investment and our region. Will you join us?

Jennifer Bonnett is executive director of the Creative Coast and vice president of innovation and entrepreneurship at the Savannah Economic Development Authority. The Creative Coast is a nonprofit supporting local innovators that is made possible by the city of Savannah and SEDA. She can be reached at jen@thecreativecoast.org.

Member Highlight: DesignDoc

With a background in higher education and career services, Melissa A. Venable, PhD, established Design Doc LLC in 2010 as a way to connect with freelance and consulting projects. Since then, she has worked with a variety of clients and audiences ranging from academic institutions and professional associations to private practitioners. Her focus is on online education and career development.

Through Design Doc, Melissa and her husband, Rob Petitgout, have been non-resident BDC members since its grand opening in 2017. As remote workers for more than a decade with large digital companies, they joined with an interest in not only getting involved in the Beaufort community, but also supporting the BDC's initiative to connect local tech-oriented entrepreneurs and creative professionals with resources and each other.

For more information about projects and services: Design Doc LLC

Upcoming Events

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TECHconnect

TECHconnect is a monthly networking event held at BASEcamp for professionals working in and around technology with the goal of creating and advancing our local tech economy. Come and join the conversation!

Please RSVP to info@beaufortdigital.com

CODEcamp Beaufort - Fall 2019

Registration open now for the eight-week CODEcamp - Intro to Web Development course, Saturdays from 10:00am-1:00pm from October 5 to November 23, 2019 (ends a week before Thanksgiving). Read more HERE about our fourth (and last for a while!) offering of Intro to Web Dev, its USCB ties, and how BASEcamp is a partner site for SC Codes.

This is a BYOL (bring your own laptop) event!

TECHconnect

TECHconnect is a monthly networking event held at BASEcamp for professionals working in and around technology with the goal of creating and advancing our local tech economy. Come and join the conversation!

Please RSVP to info@beaufortdigital.com

SC Codes Meetup

SC Codes meetup - we are a partner site where those learning to code can gather and do their coding alongside other coders with volunteer mentors on board to answer questions and offer guidance. These mentors may have experience in different programming languages- are YOU an expert? Come share your knowledge with others.

We are excited about #coding at BASEcamp!

Fall Art Walk, BASEcamp Gallery

BASEcamp Gallery will participate in the 16th Annual Fall Art Walk! Artists to be announced...

We are conveniently located on Carteret halfway between USCB Center for the Arts/Sea Islands Center Gallery and the Downtown Beaufort Galleries. Look for the Beaufort Digital Corridor sign, the Art Walk banner, and "BASEcamp" on the building from the city parking lot.

TECHconnect - Last of 2019

This TECHconnect is the final one for 2019! Join us for a special rendition of everyone's favorite monthly tech networking event.  We'd love your presence, comments, and suggestions to help us make this event more meaningful in the next year.

Please RSVP to info@beaufortdigital.com

SC Codes Meetup - Last of 2019

SC Codes meetup - we are a partner site where those learning to code can gather and do their coding alongside other coders with volunteer mentors on board to answer questions and offer guidance. These mentors may have experience in different programming languages- are YOU an expert? Come share your knowledge with others.

We are excited about #coding at BASEcamp! Note: This is the last SC Codes Meetup for 2019.