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
STATS

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Fall 2021 Newsletter

It's the start of an exciting season here at the Beaufort Digital Corridor! From onboarding new board leadership and staff, to organizing our first 5K fundraiser, participating in Beaufort's Fall Artwalk, creating curriculum for our new Cybersecurity and Gaming BOOTcamps and hosting a plethora of networking and speaker events to attend, you won't want to miss out on all the fun we have planned this Fall!

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Beaufort Digital Corridor Names New Chairwoman

BEAUFORT, S.C., September 2, 2021 – The Beaufort Digital Corridor (BDC) board has elected Melissa A. Venable, Ph.D. as their new board chair. Venable, who joined the BDC Board in 2020 has been a member since the BDC's opening in 2017. She succeeds Kevin Klingler, the BDC's inaugural chairman.

Melissa Venable is an advisor for Red Ventures Education where she leads a research initiative tracking trends in online education and training. Her professional background includes almost 15 years of higher education experience in roles related to educational technology, teaching, and career development. Her most recent nonprofit experience includes serving as secretary for the National Career Development Association 2017-2020. She also served on the Friends of the Beaufort County Library Board from 2014 to 2018 and is a graduate of Leadership Beaufort.

"I'm honored to have been elected to this position and excited to be part of the mission to provide business and education support for tech entrepreneurs and companies in the Beaufort area," said Venable. "The BDC is staged to provide a variety of unique programs and services. I look forward to working closely with our Executive Director, Jess O'Brien, as well as our experienced and collaborative Board of Directors, gaining momentum with new projects as we emerge from more than a year of limited operations during the coronavirus pandemic."

Beaufort Digital Corridor Announces Resignation of Board Chairman Kevin Klingler

BEAUFORT, S.C., August 12, 2021 – Beaufort Digital Corridor announced today that Kevin Klingler has resigned from the organization's board of directors and his role as Chairman of the board effective as of June 18, 2021.

Mr. Klingler served as Chairman for 3 and a half years. Under his leadership, he created and pitched the BDC's entrepreneur and company development plan to the City of Beaufort which resulted in grant funding from the city. This plan was also used as the basis for the South Carolina Department of Innovation's $65,000 Relentless Challenges Grant which was awarded in January of 2019 and used to provide the incubator with resources to develop three companies, one of which has continued to thrive under his continued mentorship.

Mr. Klingler was on the core team of the Southcoast Cyber Center's Department of Defense Grant (OLDCC Grant) of $1.3 million. He wrote the BDC's strategic Cybersecurity plan for funding its portion of the grant. Through his leadership, he doubled the original suggested Corridor budget of $110,000 to $212,500.

During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, Mr. Klingler closed an Angel (seed) Investment fund of $250,000 specifically for BDC incubating companies from Utah-based fund company JustStartGo. Mr. Klingler currently serves as a mentor for BDC resident company Rooler and expects to deploy the first of those funds to provide seed funding for the start-up in the next few months.

Mr. Klingler created strong relationships with area entities such as the Beaufort County Economic Development Corp, Bluffton's DRCI incubator, and Savannah's Creative Coast incubator, creating new opportunities for collaboration that will enhance the economic development of the entire region. He also created relationships with venture capitalists from Atlanta and Charleston, creating awareness for Beaufort's efforts in those cities and bona fide interest in supporting it financially.

After the January 2018 start of Mr. Klingler's tenure, the Corridor's BASEcamp incubator was full by the spring of 2019 and has remained a coworking facility, even throughout the pandemic.

He departs knowing the Corridor has a rock-solid foundation and a great team to continue to move it forward. Click here to read about the BDC's newly elected Board Chairwoman, Melissa A. Venable, Ph.D.

Beaufort Digital Corridor is Accepting Sponsors for the 2021 Run Forrest Run 5K

The Beaufort Digital Corridor is now accepting sponsors for the 2021 Beaufort Shrimp Festival Run Forrest Run 5K Run/Walk. The 5K will take place on October 2, 2021, at 8:00 AM on Bay at Newcastle Street. Participants will have the opportunity to run the course where the movie Forrest Gump was filmed! This Forrest Gump-themed 5K will take them through historic downtown Beaufort and over the famous Woods Memorial Bridge. Take your picture with Forrest Gump at the start/finish line.

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Emerging Artist Verneda Lights Explores Healing Through Art

PORT ROYAL, SC, July 15, 2021 –- Emerging artist Verneda Lights believes that "Art is a medicine, and medicine is an art." This is the driving philosophy behind her latest exhibition, Gullah Me, which opens August 6 at the BASEcamp Gallery. Lights will host a private intimate opening by invitation in conjunction with a public virtual exhibit with details to be shared on social media.

The genre-bending exhibit stands at the crossroads of techspressionist, Afrosurreal, and traditional fine art, with the individual works being the product of the artist's own quest to find insight and healing as she cared for her elderly parents and younger brother, who had suffered a stroke. Lights gives vibrant and poignant expression to the reality of sickness, grief, and loss, and the struggle to come to terms with it. Infusing her work with several layers of dualism (art/medicine, tradition/technology, analog/digital), Lights herself is also a bridge between two worlds, having practiced medicine as a physician for 20 years before turning to art full-time.

Gullah Me exists within this realm of juxtaposition and dualism, positioning traditional Gullah art, which uses the application of paint to a physical canvas, within a new paradigm of technology and digital instruments. The result? A techspressionist, post-Gullah visual and emotional experience that melds memory, family, and healing and challenges traditional notions of art.

As an emerging artist, Verneda Lights further shifts the landscape of post-Gullah art by including faces, which historically have not been part of the iconic Gullah art tradition. In her hands, portraiture finds its place within the intersection of tradition and technology and becomes a powerful tool for storytelling and gaining insight into the human psyche.

Visitors to the exhibit can experience this merging of the analog and the digital firsthand, as the framed art prints are accompanied by scannable QR codes that allow visitors to go online to read more about, and purchase, the artwork.

The full 18-work solo exhibit runs from August 6 to September 30 at the BASEcamp Gallery of the Beaufort Digital Corridor, 500 Carteret Street, Beaufort, South Carolina. Seven works by emerging artist Verneda Lights are currently on display in the space, offering a sneak preview of the exhibit.

About the Artist

Verneda Lights is Gullah and a native South Carolinian. Her artwork has received several awards and distinctions, including being juried as a finalist in the 2003 Boston CyberArts Festival.

Her other artistic ventures include being featured in the"Suffra-Jetting" exhibit at Chicago's Woman Made Gallery. Her works have also been showcased at the Whitney Biennial in New York City, the City Gallery on the Waterfront in Charleston, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum in St. Joseph, Missouri, and numerous galleries in the United States.

Lights is a graduate of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and holds a certificate in International Arts Management from the International Leadership Program in Visual Arts Management from Deusto University School of Business, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, and Guggenheim Museum (2017, Bilbao, Spain, and NYC, NY).

In 2001, she founded what is now known as E-graphX Omnimedia, a design firm and business consultancy, which received the British Airways' Face-to-Face award.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lights put her creative and business acumen into developing two product lines featuring art-inspired face masks, accessories, and women's apparel:The Bryn Mawr Collection and Jennylights Designz. Proceeds from the product lines are being donated to her alma mater, Bryn Mawr College.

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ENDS For media inquiries, contact E-graphX Omnimedia at info@gullahme.com or (843) 476-6168.

(c) 2021 Verneda Lights, E-graphX Omnimedia

Summer 2021 Newsletter

This season started out in celebration with a trip to our parent organization Charleston Digital Corridor for the Grand Opening of their new Charleston Tech Center. I along with Board Member and Beaufort Mayor Stephen Murray attended the ribbon cutting as representatives of the Beaufort Digital Corridor (BDC). Among those in attendance was also Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg. We toured the new state-of-the-art facility and were inspired by innovative amenities such as a podcast studio and modern meeting spaces.

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Spring 2021 Newsletter

From the Desk of the Executive Director

Hello! Let me introduce myself. I'm Jess O'Brien, the new Executive Director at Beaufort Digital Corridor. Although I'm new to this position, I'm no stranger to the organization. Previously, I served on the inaugural BDC Board of Directors from 2018-2020. I'm excited to be back and have the opportunity to work here full-time.

Learn more about my background and the latest happenings in our Spring 2021 newsletter.

Upcoming Events

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2021 Beaufort Shrimp Festival Run Forrest Run 5K Run/Walk (Registration Required)

The Beaufort Digital Corridor presents the 2021 Beaufort Shrimp Festival Run Forrest Run 5K Run/Walk, October 2, 2021 at 8:00 AM on Bay at Newcastle Street. The 5k course is USATF Certified: SC18010DW (Exp. 12/31/28) and timed by Grounded Running.

Run the course where the movie Forrest Gump was filmed. This Forrest Gump themed 5K will take you through historic downtown Beaufort and over the famous Woods Memorial Bridge. Take your picture with Forrest Gump at the start/finish line.

Register to Race: https://runsignup.com/Race/SC/Beaufort/2019RunForrestRun5k

TECHconnect: Halloween Happy Hour

Join us for a special Halloween themed TECHconnect. Wear your favorite 90's icon inspired costume and vote on your favorite for a chance to win a prize.

TECHconnect is our signature happy hour 'meetup' networking event for tech professionals to connect with like-minded people. It takes place the third Thursday of each month at Beaufort Digital Corridor's BASEcamp (500 Carteret Street, Suite D, Beaufort, SC 29902).

Per CDC's guidelines, we encourage everyone to wear a mask and social distance when indoors.

Lunch & Learn: Cyber Security

Hargray Strategic Account Manager, Rusty Batey will be giving a lunch & learn presentation on Cyber Security.

This Fridays @ the Corridor event is sponsored by Hargray.


About the speaker:

Rusty Batey is a Senior Technology Consultant and Strategic Account Rep for Hargray Communications. He began his career in IT over 20 years ago, ultimately owning a very successful Managed Services company which sold to iTech in 2006. iTech was purchased by Hargray in January of 2013.

Rusty has been teaching organizations how to consolidate infrastructures, develop backup and recovery, and secure their networks for over 15 years. He has a passion for customer service and attributes the success of his career thus far to always being the best customer advocate possible. His reputation in the Community is something he is very proud of, and he is a very big supporter of buying local when possible.

BASEcamp Gallery presents: Earline Allen

Beaufort Digital Corridor (BDC) will be hosting artist Earline Allen during Beaufort's Fall Artwalk on October 22.

About the Artist:

"I was an Art Professor in the Marshall University School of Art and Design for 41 years, where I led the ceramics program at both the undergraduate and graduate level. I have a BA in Art Education, an MA in Art, and an MFA in Ceramics with a minor in painting. I continue to follow my artistic passion as both a potter and a painter. I participate in painting exhibitions and belong to several galleries. My ceramic work is published in 500 Teapots volume 2, The Best of Pottery, and the Contemporary Potter. My ceramic work has notably been displayed at the Kutani International Decorative Ceramics Fair, in Kumatsu, Japan. Additionally, a four page article concerning my work was published in "Ceramic Art" International Edition Spring issue in Taipei, Taiwan."

Interesting Facts about the Artist:

"I have been in love with the arts since childhood. Art was the only thing that made elementary school bearable. Dancing, singing, playing musical instruments, and of course drawing, painting, and modeling with clay were my interests; each holding equal merit, all giving me equal happiness, with endless avenues for self expression. Naturally I studied art in college. While there I studied visual art as well as classical voice. This training enabled me to perform as a solist in youth, and university opera and oratorio. Life should be happy. It is, if you find something that you love."

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Lunch & Learn: Moving to the Cloud

Hargray Strategic Account Manager, Rusty Batey will be giving a lunch & learn presentation on Moving to the Cloud.

This Fridays @ the Corridor event is sponsored by Hargray.

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About the speaker:

Rusty Batey is a Senior Technology Consultant and Strategic Account Rep for Hargray Communications. He began his career in IT over 20 years ago, ultimately owning a very successful Managed Services company which sold to iTech in 2006. iTech was purchased by Hargray in January of 2013.

Rusty has been teaching organizations how to consolidate infrastructures, develop backup and recovery, and secure their networks for over 15 years. He has a passion for customer service and attributes the success of his career thus far to always being the best customer advocate possible. His reputation in the Community is something he is very proud of, and he is a very big supporter of buying local when possible.