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
LowcountryWorks Tech Business Directory, Talent Portal, CODEcamp, Game On!, Live Work Mentor

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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Evening Cybersecurity Courses for Beginners Coming to the BDC in Fall

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Take a look around you. Your immediate vicinity might be perfectly safe and still – but what about the multitude of devices and digital information that surrounds us in our increasingly-connected lives? Although it may not be initially apparent, our economy, leisure, and national security all depend on the reliability and privacy of the technological systems they're built upon. These complex technical networks seemingly underscore our every action, from ordering food to paying bills – and new, constantly-evolving threats to their integrity are presenting themselves on a daily basis. Those working in cybersecurity are our first line of defense against devastating attacks such as malware, ransomware, and data breaches. Are you willing to join their ranks?

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There's an art and a science to protecting machines and those who use them, and the Beaufort Digital Corridor is presenting a new series of three 8-week mini courses that will make it simple to learn. Designed especially for novices and newcomers to the topic of cybersecurity – including current or graduating students, business owners, transitioning military members, or anyone looking for a promising new career path –- this trio of courses will gradually but concisely introduce the fundamentals of cybersecurity and everything one needs to make an entry into the field, no matter what their background. Taught by Technical College of the Lowcountry professor and Cybersecurity Program Director Angela Fantom Kern, CISSP, CISA, M. Ed, MBA, the three interconnected courses will culminate in an entry-level Security Risk Analysis (SRA) Certificate – which itself can open doors to salaries starting at $65K on average!

Cyber Security Course List for Beginners

The three parts of the series are broken down into key areas of most importance in cybersecurity: the course list starts with a broad overview of issues and concepts in Cybersecurity for Beginners, including malicious activity, cryptography, and access control, and the follow-up courses cover Security Policy & Procedures for Small Business Owners, through to Risk Analysis & Management, including the creation of your very own professional risk management plan.

In the interest of accessibility and efficiency, classes only require a time investment of 90 minutes a week, for 8 weeks per course. That's 6 hours a month to a brand-new world of opportunities. And the best part? No homework will be assigned! If you ever find yourself wondering how hackers across the world can access confidential information, how sensitive business and governmental data is fortified from prying eyes and enemy forces, or how codes can be used to secure devices and their contents, then this beginner's cybersecurity course offered locally in Beaufort, SC will be a pragmatic career move – and a lot of fun for you, too. Multiple scholarships will be made available on a needs-first basis, so sign up now if you can potentially see yourself in the flourishing cybersecurity industry.

The next big phase of your life is starting August 24th. Are you ready to begin? Register today.

Beaufort Triple Crown 5K race series coming in October

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There's good news for local runners coming up this fall. Three local organizations have partnered to create a family-friendly 5k race series dubbed, the "Beaufort Triple Crown."

The series spans across 3 Saturdays in October.

Saturday, October 8th, 2022 | Run Forrest Run 5K: Beaufort Digital Corridor kicks off the series and all proceeds support the mission of bridging the tech career gap between school and work.

Saturday, October 15th, 2022 | Swing Bridge Run: The run supports HTCCS mission to provide rigorous classical education to children regardless of financial means.

Saturday, October 22nd, 2022 | Flying Frog 5K: This unique course is on the runway at beautiful Beaufort Executive Airport. This race supports the Altitude Academy, a lowcountry program dedicated to educating youth on aviation.

Participants who complete all three races will be eligible for special series awards for best combined time that will be awarded at the final race in the series. Individual registration and participation required for all three races to qualify.

"We are thrilled to see three great organizations coming together to form the Triple Crown Race Series and we are excited to provide timing this year," Tim Waz, owner of Grounded Running in Beaufort.

"While every event we support is special in itself, having three amazing events in one month offers participants a unique new challenge to do all three.

Beaufort continues to rank as one of the healthiest cities in America and we love supporting a lifestyle focused on physical fitness as a component of overall health and well-being. Grounded Running is proud to partner with Beaufort Digital Corridor, Holy Trinity Classical Christian School, and Beaufort Executive Airport to put on this series, as well as to support each and every participant by providing a top quality race experience and support for each individual to reach and exceed his or her fitness goals," he added.

All courses are USATF certified, timing is provided by Grounded Running and a unique finishers medal is sponsored by Stokes Toyota Hilton Head.

Registration for the Beaufort Triple Crown series is only available until October 5, 2022. To
qualify, you must register for each of the individual races above and select "yes" on the
participation question above.

Beaufort Triple Crown participants will receive different colored race bibs from other participants and will be timed for the singular races as well as the overall series and compete to win both series finisher and overall placer medals.

The top 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall male and female winners will take home the prize.

Register for the Swing Bridge Run: bit.ly/SwingBridgeRun * Register for the Flying Frog 5k: bit.ly/FlyingFrog5k

For more information, you can find the event page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BeaufortTripleCrown/

July 2022 Updates

From the desk of the Executive Director:
It's officially festival season in Beaufort! Are you excited? We know we are! We will be hosting a booth at the Beaufort Water Festival's non-profit expo taking place on Saturday, July 23rd from 12-4pm. Throughout the water festival, we will also be premiering our new commercial on the jumbotron.

BDC members have been busy behind the scenes storyboarding, writing, directing, filming, modeling and editing this promo and it truly showcases some of the diverse tech ecosystem in Beaufort. Check out the sneak peak of this amazing video produced by 1212 Design! Apart from all the festival activities, we've curated a list of great speaking and networking events for you to participate in. Don't have FOMO!

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Summer 2022 Newsletter

From the desk of the Executive Director:

This May marked 1-full year since I traded in my Mad Men_™_ world of advertising career to run a non-profit full-time. As I reflect on the past year, I'd like to take a moment to thank each of you for your support and encouragement along the way! I can't believe how fast the time has flown and how much we've grown together.

Together we transitioned from Zoom to in-person networking, introduced a new Board Chair plus 2 new board members, established a new strategic framework, hired employee #2, ran a Forrest Gump themed 5K, launched a cybersecurity certificate program, hosted several lunch & learn events, dressed up like our favorite 90's icons (Party on Wayne), onboarded many new members, piloted a Mobile Gaming Accelerator for students, organized Beaufort's very first Startup Weekend and so much more!

And we're not stopping anytime soon. Ready to hit play on year 2? Check out the list of upcoming events below. Be sure to save the date for our special Member Appreciation Night on Thursday, June 16th! You won't want to miss it!

Jess O'Brien, Executive Director

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Techstars Startup Weekend is coming to Beaufort, SC

BEAUFORT, SC – April 15, 2022 – The Beaufort Digital Corridor is hosting the City of Beaufort's first Startup Weekend during the last weekend in April. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where anyone –- developers, designers, business developers, marketers, teachers, students, and everyone in between –- can come together to pitch an idea and launch a business, all in one weekend. It is a great opportunity to test startup ideas, meet potential co-founders, build the entrepreneurial community in Beaufort, and even launch your next startup! Feel free to check out this video for more information.

This inaugural event will take place on April 29 – May 1 in the new South Coast Cyber Center, 1100 Boundary St., Beaufort. Tickets are available for purchase starting at $10 for observers and $30 for participants. https://event.techstars.com/event/goX1RLOnho

Over the course of the weekend, participants will brainstorm startup ideas, form teams, and compete to win prizes that may help them launch the startups they create during the weekend. Local judges include Dick Stewart, Beaufort's very own serial entrepreneur and investor, and Jason Loia, a seasoned tech executive with 20 years of start-up experience in the Silicon Valley.

"I'm excited for our very first Techstars Startup Weekend in Beaufort at the end of this month," said Beaufort Mayor Stephen Murray, who is on the board of the Beaufort Digital Corridor. "Our steering committee at the Beaufort Digital Corridor has been working hard to make sure our inaugural event is one for the history books. We hope anyone with an interest in entrepreneurship, regardless of their experience level, will join us for a fun weekend in Beaufort."

The lead organizer for the event is fellow board member of the Beaufort Digital Corridor, Rich Conte. "I've been fortunate to participate in and organize Startup Weekend events and they are an incredible opportunity to empower potential entrepreneurs in the community," said Conte. "For participants, it's a great way to connect and collaborate with others and to learn the fundamentals of starting a technology business."

This event has gained the attention of global partners such as Google for Startups and GoDaddy, in addition to local sponsors including Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation in partnership with the Beaufort Digital Corridor, Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce, City of Beaufort, CytoSPAR, Design Doc, New South Shirts, Upcycle Holdings, Charleston Digital Corridor, and South Coast Cyber Center.

Learn more or sign-up to attend here: https://event.techstars.com/event/goX1RLOnho.

About Techstars Startup Weekend

Learn how to think, work, and build like a startup. In 54 thrilling hours. Techstars Startup Weekend is an exciting and immersive foray into the world of startups. Over an action-packed three days, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors, co-founders and sponsors to show you how to get more done faster – and, maybe even start that business.

About Techstars

The Techstars worldwide network helps entrepreneurs succeed. Founded in 2006, Techstars began with three simple ideas–-entrepreneurs create a better future for everyone, collaboration drives innovation, and great ideas can come from anywhere. Now we are on a mission to enable every person on the planet to contribute to, and benefit from, the success of entrepreneurs. In addition to operating accelerator programs and venture capital funds, we do this by connecting startups, investors, corporations, and cities to help build thriving startup communities. Techstars has invested in more than 2,400 companies with a combined market cap of more than $204B. www.techstars.com

About Beaufort Digital Corridor

The Beaufort Digital Corridor (BDC) is a 501(c)(6) community-sourced tech incubator focused on creating a business, education, and attractive social environment for tech entrepreneurs and tech-related companies. The BDC provides training programs that help build an educated workforce and funnel students into higher education pathways and is a partner of the South Coast Cyber Center. www.beaufortdigital.com

South Coast Cyber Summit to be Held March 7-8 in Beaufort

BEAUFORT, S.C. – Gov. Henry McMaster will be the keynote speaker March 7 at the inaugural South Coast Cyber Summit, which will be held on March 7-8 in Beaufort, S.C. The event is free but registration is limited.

The Cyber Summit is being presented by the South Coast Cyber Center and will feature a number of prominent experts in cybersecurity, one of the fastest growing career fields in the United States.

Retired Lt. Gen. Dan O'Donohue, now senior vice president of Owl Cyber Defense based in Columbia, Md., will be the keynote speaker on March 8. Other speakers include John LaCour, founder and chief technology officer of PhishLabs, a cyber threat intelligence company; Mary Galligan, managing director in cyber practice for Deloitte; Dr. Dean Bushey, director of Cyber Security Education at University of South Carolina Beaufort; and Dr. Shankar Banik, chairman of Cyber and Computer Sciences at The Citadel.

Topics at the two-day summit will range from cyber crime and phishing threats to building a cybersecurity ecosystem in the Lowcountry.

The Cyber Summit is the latest initiative of the South Coast Cyber Center, which was launched in 2019 as a collaborative including the City of Beaufort, Beaufort County, USCB-Beaufort, the Technical College of the Lowcountry, the Beaufort Digital Corridor, and the Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation. Its mission is to establish the educational infrastructure needed to groom a potential cybersecurity workforce, including those exiting the military. Cybersecurity experts are in great demand throughout the country, and there is not enough workforce to fill that demand.

"The world is moving extraordinarily fast, and cybersecurity is something we are dealing with in all our organizations," said City of Beaufort Mayor Stephen Murray, who is vice chair of the South Coast Cyber Center. "We've got a whole host of nationally recognized speakers who will be here to help people network and learn more about this critical issue."

The South Coast Cyber Summit will be held at Tabby Place, 913 Port Republic St., and will offer ample opportunities to network, according to Warren Parker, chairman of the South Coast Cyber Center. Registration is free. More details, including the agenda, speakers, and registration, can be found at southcoastcybersummit.com.

About the South Coast Cyber Center: We are working to establish a world class center of excellence for cybersecurity and cyber defense education, research, innovation, and business. The South Coast Cyber Center will promote the growth of a vibrant ecosystem leveraging the University of South Carolina Beaufort, Technical College of the Lowcountry, the Beaufort Digital Corridor, the Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation, government, and the private sector.

S.C. Commerce Office of Innovation Announces Grant Awards

The South Carolina Department of Commerce Office of Innovation today announced its 2022 Relentless Challenge grant recipients, totaling $473,000 granted to 10 organizations around the state. With the mission of progressing and supporting technology-based economic development projects, commercialization of new ideas and the next generation of industry-leading companies, the Relentless Challenge grant series targets strategic investments in localized initiatives.

"South Carolina is home to a unique and budding entrepreneurial spirit, one in which we are excited to continue to invest. Our state's knowledge economy and start-up culture play an integral part in diversifying our innovation economy, helping recruit and retain high-tech projects," said Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III. "Congratulations to each of the grant recipients, and we're excited to see what they will accomplish and how they help continue to set South Carolina apart."

Since 2013, the S.C. Commerce Office of Innovation has awarded more than $7.5 million in local innovation projects to 52 organizations. Available grant funds that are uncommitted in any grant cycle are carried forward for future innovation projects, such as the newly announced Palmetto Venture Fellowship program.

Relentless Challenge 2022 grant recipient projects are due to commence the first quarter of this year. The 10 recipient projects are:

  • Advanced Technology International (ATI) – Expanding S.C. Underrepresented Minorities Footprint in the Cyber Security and Computer Science Workforce
  • Beaufort Digital Corridor (BDC) – Mobile Game Accelerator
  • Benedict College - Burroughs Enterprise, Startup, and Technology (B.E.S.T.) Innovation Lab
  • The Hill Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Furman University – GVL Starts 2.0
  • Increasing H.O.P.E. – IHOPE Accelerator Pilot Program
  • MUSC Zucker Institute for Applied Neurosciences – Inspire, Innovate, Commercialize (I2C)
  • NEXT Upstate – NEXT Events Buildout and Extension of Access to Capital
  • Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation – Rock Hill Venture Mentoring System (VMS) – Office Hours Expansion
  • Ten at the Top (TATT) – Connecting the Disconnected: Connecting Rural Innovators to the Innovation Ecosystem
  • McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise at the University of South Carolina – Intra-Campus Alliance to Advance Entrepreneurism

The Relentless Challenge grant series mirrors the overarching goals of Innovation Insights, a vision-document published by the Office of Innovation providing insights and growth opportunities directly from the business community and its supporters. Organizations are strongly encouraged to reference the document when considering proposals. For more information on the Relentless Challenge grant series, click here.

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Lunch & Learn: "Become a Disruptor in Your Industry Using Data Science"

Join us Wed, August 17th at the Beaufort Digital Corridor "BASEcamp" for a Lunch & Learn from our guest speaker, Alexander Pelaez, CEO of 5 Elements Analytics.

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Speakers

Alexander Pelaez is the CEO of 5 Element Analytics, a multi-domain data science and analytics firm specializing in advanced Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Algorithms. Dr. Pelaez has been an executive and consultant for various companies across different domains such as insurance, retail, media, and banking. Dr. Pelaez is also an Associate Professor of Information Systems and Business Analytics at the Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University, a leading organization in Analytics and Data Science Research. Dr. Pelaez has authored numerous articles on data science methods and techniques, information economics, and strategic use of information technology and data analytics.

Topic

"Become a Disruptor in Your Industry Using Data Science" - Learn how you can harness data to drive performance and gain an edge to outmaneuver your competition.

Cost

  • FREE for members, $10 for guests
  • Lunch Provided

Parking

  • Metered parking in lot
  • Free street parking on Carteret

BDCu SRA 110 - Intro to Cybersecurity

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This beginner-friendly course introduces the fundamentals of cybersecurity.

About this event

Who is this class for?

  • Students seeking alternative education or wishing to enter the workforce post-grad.
  • Transitioning Military seeking to enter the field of cybersecurity.
  • Small Business Owners - This mini course trains business owners and their employees on the fundamentals of cybersecurity.

What will I learn?

Upon completion of this course, the participant should have a good understanding of the need for cybersecurity, including the scope and purpose of malicious activity.

Concepts such as the Internet, the "Internet of Things" (IoT), and the ways in which networks are connected and vulnerable, will be discussed.

Essential elements of cybersecurity will be introduced including:

  • Access Control, the method used to restrict access to sensitive data.
  • Security Operations and Administration, the action of identifying important, valuable company assets and related documents for the task of policy and procedure creation.
  • Risk management, the methods in which cyber threats can be monitored, identified, and mitigated.
  • Cryptography, the use of codes to hide and protect sensitive data from unauthorized access or malicious activity.
  • Network Security, a cybersecurity subfield that focuses on protecting an organization's network from threats, including: denial-of-service attacks, malware, and internal attackers.
  • Cybersecurity certifications, the method in which cybersecurity professionals specialize, train, and further their career path.

This course will also cover the intersection of cybersecurity and the law. The legal responsibilities of businesses and professionals to protect their client's sensitive data will be discussed.

This introductory course provides the necessary foundational information to begin and continue one's cybersecurity training. Upon completion, the student will be prepared for the second course in this three part mini-series: Security Policy & Procedures for Small Business Owners.

Completing all three courses in this mini-series grants the student an entry level Security Risk Analyst Certificate.

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BDCu SRA 111 - Security Policy & Procedures

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This beginner-friendly course introduces business owners, employees or students to cyber-security policy, procedures and best practices.

About this event

Who is this class for?

  • Students seeking alternative education or wishing to enter the workforce post-grad.
  • Transitioning Military seeking to enter the field of cybersecurity.
  • Small Business Owners

What will I learn?

The importance and practicality of policy, procedure, and protocol will be discussed, as will industry recommended best practices. A sound information security program is initiated at the executive leadership level; therefore, this course will be particularly beneficial for individuals seeking an advancement into a leadership position or wishing to improve their executive skills.

Participants will learn to write security policy and produce effective implementation plans to better protect their organizations from digital threats and liabilities. This course includes business templates to create effective policies, procedures, and agreements, for administrators, staff, third party contractors, and users.

Additional topics introduced in this mini-course include:

  • COBIT, a powerful framework used to maintain control, reliability, and quality of IT systems used by a business or organization.
  • NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF), a set of best practice guidelines designed to mitigate cybersecurity risks within organizations.

This introductory course provides the necessary foundation to continue one's cybersecurity training. Upon completion, the student will be prepared for the third course in this mini-series: Risk Analysis & Management.

Completing all three courses in this mini-series grants the participant an entry level Security Risk Analyst Certificate.

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