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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Latest News

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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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Join SCORE

DO YOU LOVE SHARING YOUR KNOWLEDGE OR HAVE GREAT ORGANIZATION SKILLS? DO YOU WANT TO HELP YOUR LOCAL BUSINESS COMMUNITY?

Consider joining an award winning chapter of SCORE Lowcountry, which was selected Chapter of the Year- Small markets in 2019 from over 270 chapters. SCORE Lowcountry is a non-profit that provides free and confidential mentoring to clients that want to start or grow a small business in Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton and Colleton Counties. We are looking to expand in our market to help businesses and entrepreneurs and have various volunteer positions needed.

Do you love to create things? Do you love to design flyers and brochures? We are looking for a graphic designer to design chapter graphics, logos, illustrations, advertisements, brochures and many other forms of visual communication using PowerPoint and other Microsoft Office products. All productions must adhere to the guidelines and standards of SCORE national and the local chapter. The ideal candidate should be able to complete projects within the allotted time while meeting deadlines. The ideal candidate should will work in collaboration with colleagues across different departments, be detail oriented, well organized, and have excellent communication skills. Anticipated time commitment is 10-20 hours a month.

Please go to SCORE.org to become familiar with our organization and for more information on these opportunities or to volunteer please go to https://sclowcountry.score.org/or call 843.785.7107

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.

Beaufort Resident and Restauranteur Contributes Tech Start-up Success to Beaufort Digital Corridor

"If it weren't for being in the incubator program here, we would have dropped this project," said BASEcamp resident Gary Lang.

Gary Lang is the founder of Rooler, a third party add-on program for restaurant POS systems that greatly enhances the dynamics of reporting and analytics along with forecasting for independent restaurant tours. They were accepted into the Beaufort Digital Corridor's incubator program and have recently graduated from the Relentless Challenge Grant.

He heard about the Beaufort Digital Corridor via word of mouth and was pleasantly surprised that his start-up qualified for the incubation program and their subsequent success despite building a tech start-up around the restaurant industry during a pandemic.

Lang had this to say about the program: "It's been great! We were immediately assigned a mentor, BDC Board Chair Kevin Klingler, who has started two software companies and sold one. To have somebody who has been there, help you with your business has been huge. We're in the restaurant industry as well, and COVID last year killed our business. If it weren't for being in the incubator program here, we would have dropped this project."

Congrats Rooler! We're so happy to have been a part of your success story.

National Grant Goes to South Coast Cyber Center

The University of South Carolina Beaufort and partners have received a $1.3 million federal grant to develop programs at the South Coast Cyber Center with the aim of transforming Beaufort and the Lowcountry into a center of cybersecurity expertise.

"This grant will help us to define a pathway to create a strong and diverse cyber economy," said South Coast Cyber Center Chairman Warren Parker. "We look forward to working with our partners in this unprecedented collaboration."

The US Department of Defense Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation awarded the grant to the non-profit South Coast Cyber Center, which is a partnership among the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB), Technical College of the Lowcountry (TCL), Beaufort Digital Corridor, City of Beaufort and Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation, along with business leaders.

USCB Chancellor Dr. Al M. Panu hailed the grant as "a great start toward building a cyber economy by leveraging our strengths as well as our unique partnership with the military here in Beaufort and the region." TCL President Dr. Richard Gough stated, "As we discuss the grant and what it can do for Beaufort, we have found the cybersecurity community to be very supportive and excited at the prospects." Beaufort Digital Corridor Chairman Kevin Klingler, added "This grant will allow us to deploy established technology development processes to attract cyber talent and create cybersecurity startups in Beaufort."

The South Coast Cyber Center aims to help recent graduates, exiting military personnel, and members of the local community attain high-paying jobs by delivering affordable and relevant cybersecurity education and training. Cybersecurity professionals are in demand because protecting computer systems, networks and sensitive data from digital attacks has become a priority for government facilities, and various organizations and businesses. Careers in the cybersecurity industry can pay six figures, and jobs in information security are expected to grow 32 percent for the 10-year period through 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A shortage of qualified workersleft about 300,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. unfulfilled last year, according to industry estimates.

As the primary grant recipient, USCB will work closely with its co-recipients –- to develop the South Coast Cyber Center's faculty, curriculum, technology, and facilities. A key goal for the grant is to establish both the Technical College of the Lowcountry and the University of South Carolina Beaufort as Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) through certification of these respective institutions' two-year and four-year cybersecurity programs by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The Beaufort Digital Corridor, a technology incubator in downtown Beaufort, plans to offer cybersecurity mentoring for startups and community bootcamps to teach related skills.

Local officials see the South Coast Cyber Center as a focal point for advancement in the region.

"This grant will help in attracting and recruiting cyber and technical business and providing transitioning military personnel with opportunities for education and work right here in the Beaufort region," said John O'Toole, executive director of the Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation.

Beaufort Mayor Stephen Murray looks forward to gathering input from local and state government, educational institutions, military officials, local business leaders and professional cybersecurity organizations.

"The grant will allow work to begin on the community's first-ever regional cybersecurity strategic plan," he said.

Angel Funding

BEAUFORT DIGITAL CORRIDOR

CLOSES ANGEL INVESTMENT FUND FOR ITS COMPANIES

Beaufort, SC – November 18, 2020 – The Beaufort Digital Corridor recently closed a deal with Utah-based investment firm, JustStartGo, LLC, for up to $250,000 in seed capital for its incubator companies. This capital, otherwise known as Angel funding, helps startups and entrepreneurs develop their product ideas and validate their market demand.

Andrew Little, founder and Chief Executive of JustStartGo, stated, "We're proud to be investing in the companies of the Beaufort Digital Corridor. Their customer and market-driven process for developing their companies creates entrepreneurs who are much more likely to succeed in a competitive and challenging tech marketplace and saves us the time of having to screen out entrepreneurs who aren't ready yet. It's a valuable service to both entrepreneurs and investors."

The money will be deployed as seed-stage investment in $50,000 increments for resident companies of the BDC who qualify. BDC chairman Kevin Klingler who developed the BDC's company development and mentoring process indicated, "Our process includes rigorous customer and market validation, developing effective business models and the use of Agile product development techniques. These approaches and others result in highly improved chances for success." BDC mentors oversee this process with adherence to it's company development plan.

To qualify for the capital, companies must be residents of BDC's BASEcamp incubator, have a technology product or product idea with scalable potential, and be willing to put in the work necessary to develop their company. Angel money typically precedes Venture Capital investment and helps set the stage for further growth or investment.

Upcoming Events

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BASEcamp Gallery presents: Verneda Lights "Gullah Me" Virtual Exhibit

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.

Join us live on Facebook as Lights takes you on a virtual tour of the gallery and talks about her work.

Click here to learn more about Lights and her exhibit.

TECHconnect

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).

CODEcamp - Fall 2021 (Registration Required)

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CODEcamp is a continuing tech education program offered by the Beaufort Digital Corridor. The course is designed for busy adults exploring a potential new career in the software industry or working professionals seeking a career change. Students learn the fundamentals of web development (HTML, CSS & JavaScript) in a hands-on, in-classroom environment.

This CODEcamp class:

  • Introduces coding & web development in a convenient and affordable Saturday format
  • Helps uncover a passion and potential career in the high-wage, high-demand tech industry
  • Features a balance of lecture & lab with students writing code from the very first class

This course is taught by Jarod Valvo, USCB Information Technology Strategist.

Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm for eight Saturday classes on the following dates:

  1. 9/4
  2. 9/11
  3. 9/18
  4. 10/2*
  5. 10/9
  6. 10/16
  7. 10/23
  8. 10/30

Note: *There is no class on Sat. 9/25, class will resume on 10/2.

**This class is BYOL - **(Bring Your Own Laptop)