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.


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


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


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


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

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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.

New Building for Cyber Security Training in the Lowcountry

BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. (WTOC) - Education in the Lowcountry is taking another step forward. WTOC's Tyler Manion tells us about the plans to venture into the world of cyber education.

The City of Beaufort paid $2.3 million for a 24,000 square foot building back in August. Now, we know it will become the South Coast Cyber Center headquarters.

"High skill, high wage jobs that will lift our economy and provide opportunities not only for our students that are here in school - in high school - for veterans that are leaving the military, and for those who want to relocate here," South Coast Cyber Center Chairman Warren Parker said.

This building, known locally as the Bridges building, housed the Boys and Girls Club for a while but now it has a new mission.

"To develop an educated cybersecurity workforce. To develop that workforce in order to attract business, cyber security businesses into our region," Parker said.

Chairman Parker believes this new headquarters could make Beaufort a cyber security hub in the area, and is hopeful it will be operational soon.

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Leadership Profile: Jess O'Brien

With a background in marketing, Jess O'Brien has worked with companies of all sizes – from SMBs to national franchises. But it was her experience of being part of the Atlanta Tech Village, a co-working village, while working at a small boutique marketing agency that perhaps had one of the biggest impacts on her career path. In fact, not only did that early experience within the technology incubator complex in Atlanta stay with her long after she relocated to the Lowcountry, but is now helping her play an instrumental role in growing this type of ecosystem here in Beaufort.

In May, O'Brien was named the Executive Director of the Beaufort Digital Corridor, a 501(c)(6) nonprofit tech incubator primarily servicing start-up entrepreneurs working on unique tech products, SaaS, IOT and select group of tech service providers and venture capitalists. At the BDC, she's responsible for all day-to-day operations required to keep the non-profit running and thriving. And with her passion for both helping technology startups and creating high-paying jobs that attract young professionals to the Beaufort region, O'Brien, 32, is also part of the demographic group that the BDC seeks to attract and nurture here in Beaufort – giving her a keen eye for what it takes to bring tech talent to the region, and help them continue to grow.

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Winter Day Camps Offered for Middle Schoolers Who Want to Code

Beaufort, SC – December 21, 2021 – This winter break, the Beaufort Digital Corridor (BDC) will offer an Intro to Coding Day Camp for middle schoolers wishing to learn pre-coding concepts.

The day camp will consist of a 3.5 hour in-person course where students will be introduced to the basics of coding through STEM project-based learning that will allow students to create, learn and code. Students will be instructed on block and text-based programming with Python as well as educational opportunities and careers in related tech fields.

In addition to the day camp, students will take home their very own micro:bit pocket-size computer and access to an online project portal with 4 additional hours of STEM project-based learning modules. Students may also earn an "Intro to Micro:bit Coding" certificate from the BDC.

Beginner and intermediate students are welcome. The day camp will take place on December 28, 29 and 30 at the Beaufort Digital Corridor, a high-tech facility located in Downtown Beaufort at 500 Carteret Street. Parents may select one of the three dates offered for their child to attend. Registration is required in advance.

Camp will be lead by Beaufort Digital Corridor's Cybersecurity Program Manager, Cory Cooper. Cooper is a SC certified educator with a Bachelor's in Industrial Technology and a Master's in Technology Education from Ball State University. Over the past 18 years, he's worked with several Fortune 500 companies as well as served as an administrator and taught high school engineering, IT and coding, and PLTW STEM courses. His local claim to fame includes leading the Lady's Island Middle School Robotics Team to the state championship in the 2019 - 2020 school year.

The Beaufort Digital Corridor launched in late 2016 as a spinoff of the Charleston Digital Corridor with the aim of incubating tech-related startups and overtime bring better-paying jobs to Beaufort. Housed at the city-owned 500 Carteret Building in downtown, the BDC BASEcamp offers co-working spaces for entrepreneurs, workshops, mentoring, and gallery area for local artists.

To register your child for the Into to Coding Day Camp, please visit our Eventbrite page.

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