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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BASEcamp, Beaufort Digital Corridor Headquarters

Information Highway

From college students to recent retirees, the Beaufort Digital Corridor has attracted a variety of skills to the Lowcountry in its first two years.

Modeled after a similar program in Charleston, the Beaufort Digital Corridor helps facilitate development and growth for companies hoping to profit off of South Carolina's $11 billion tech industry.

The program is part of an effort by the city of Beaufort to address a growing concern: Many of the jobs available in Beaufort County are low-wage positions in the service sector –- and they often don't pay enough to keep pace with the rising cost of housing in the area.

Officials with the Beaufort Digital Corridor hope the old adage "If you build it, they will come" holds true for the tech industry. Headquartered in a former Bank of America branch building, the group offers meeting space, co-working spaces and incubator space. Members work with each other to mentor, problem solve and assist on projects and business plans.

"It took an effective team of people working very hard to make this happen," said Kevin Klingler, Beaufort Digital Corridor board chairman.

In the past year, four tenants have started work in the BASEcamp incubator, and several new members have joined. In addition, College of Charleston students spent part of the summer in the ImpactX internship program working on a company business plan for PollPit LLC, a "digital town hall" application.

The tech industry is only one path officials are looking at to attract young people to the area. Klingler and others at the BDC are not looking for a Google or Amazon; instead, they are hoping to see companies grow organically from local entrepreneurs, said program manager Shelley Barratt.

Jamie Fleming is one of those entrepreneurs. A native of Beaufort, he left for college and military service and then wanted to return to the area to be closer to family.

"I had come back to start to settle down, to really kind of build my life and build my family. When I returned, I ended up meeting my wife. I always thought Beaufort was a great place to raise a family," he said.

Fleming started dabbling in web design and ended up starting his own company, 1212 Designs, which now operates out of the Beaufort Digital Corridor. The corridor group also has been able to connect him with new clients and provided a good space for work, collaboration and mentorship.

"I definitely think one of the great things the BDC has been able to do is to bring creatives and tech people together, and it's created a safe space for relationship-building, personal and professional," Fleming said.

Other companies in the corridor include WaveSciences, a company that is working to commercialize audio technology previously developed for other purposes. The Beaufort Digital Corridor also hosts coding classes, networking events and "Catch Me at the Corridor" events for young students to meet technology entrepreneurs.

Klingler said the BDC and the Don Ryan Center for Innovation in Bluffton have been discussing how they can best partner to attract more technology entrepreneurs to the area. In addition, both are looking at the potential of recent graduates from the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Just as Charleston saw the opportunity to woo young professionals involved in technology, Beaufort sees the same types of people already living in the Lowcountry and hopes to help them succeed.

Member Highlight: MINDFLINT

Beaufort Digital Corridor *Member Highlight* today features: MINDFLINT

Mindflint, a BASEcamp resident company since last September, is a full-service marketing and creative firm with team members and clients around the country. MINDFLINT's "virtual agency" model is designed to keep overhead low, which allows them to offer the comprehensive solutions of a big marketing agency, but at a much lower cost. 

Nate Schaub, MINDFLINT's founder, says, "Everyone needs great marketing, but most organizations are forced to choose between either cobbling together a bunch of freelancers – and then trying to make it all fit together – or hiring a big, expensive agency. We started MINDFLINT to bridge that gap." 

To hear more about the company, stop by Station 9 at BASEcamp, or feel free to contact Nate anytime. #strategy #branding #social #content #digitalmarketing #webdesign #appdev #UX #ecommerce #print #email #video

Beaufort Digital Corridor Offers Two Summer Camp Sessions of Game On!

The Beaufort Digital Corridor announces TWO summer camp sessions of Game On! – game design and development geared toward middle and high school students. Registration is now open for this limited seating opportunity.

The courses will be held at the Beaufort Digital Corridor's BASEcamp facility Monday – Friday mornings from 9am-12pm June 10-14 and July 15-19, 2019. Among the topics will be game strategy, puzzle design and a final project.

This is a special curriculum by Seth Konoza, an Animation, Game Design and Computer Science educator at Beaufort High School. Students are introduced to the theory, tools, and practice required to create their own games.

Helping students to discover a passion for game design, computer science and coding, Game On! presents kids with the possibility of continuing their education in technology. Shelley Barratt, Program Manager adds, "In our third season of offering this course, we are well aware of the tech skills that the newer generation gains early on. The goal is to offer other skills–like critical thinking and user experience–to augment that, and the real work commences once they follow that curiosity throughout their education and into a potential tech career."

Talent, one of the pillars of the Beaufort Digital Corridor, is crucial to the economic vitality and global competitiveness of the Lowcountry. Fun and creative educational initiatives like Game On! contribute to the innovation and skills of our future workforce.

What do Parkinson’s Disease & Blue Crabs have in common?

Scott Rider's career as a financial advisor involved helping business owners and individuals plan for their financial future, including the unexpected.

Diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease at age 47, today Scott dedicates himself to creating awareness and encouraging those with Parkinson's to never quit in their fight against the neurodegenerative disease.

In this e-FLY produced episode for Scott's "I Will Never Quit" YouTube Channel, Scott meets Captain Jerry who also battles Parkinson's Disease.

Captain Jerry takes Scott on a typical day as a crab-fisherman in the Low Country, and Scott and Jerry discuss their shared physical challenges with PD and their shared outlook: that no matter what battles we face in life, never, ever, quit.

I.W.N.Q.

Scott established his "I Will Never Quit" YouTube Channel to capture his daily life with Parkinson's and Mass Mutual his former employer supports the channel by donating to the Parkinson's Foundation for every subscriber.

e-FLY Productions

e-FLY helps healthcare organizations, societies and researchers tell their stories through professionally produced and edited videos. In addition to video production and post-production, we also manage distribution so that more people see and share your beautiful story we create together.

Member Highlight: e-FLY Productions

Beaufort Digital Corridor *Member Highlight* today features: e-FLY Productions

e-FLY Productions specializes in video storytelling for healthcare, research, science and technology organizations. #video

Since relocating to Beaufort, SC from Manhattan, e-FLY has expanded their video services to small business, and their digital offerings now include pay-per-click video campaigns on Facebook and Google Ads to generate revenue for clients with a measurable return on investment. #digitalmarketing

Check out one of their recent videos: e-FLY Productions puts the focus on Parkinson's Disease during Low Country Crab Fishing video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6BD1EqVDSg MassMutual, Scott's former employer, makes a $1.00 donation to the Parkinson's Foundation for each new subscriber to Scott Rider's #IWNQ (I Will Never Quit) channel.

Upcoming Events

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SC Codes Meetup

This is our first SC Codes (free online continuing coding education) meetup as a partner site where those learning to code can gather and do their coding alongside other coders with a volunteer mentor(s) on board to answer questions and offer guidance. These mentors may have experience in different programming languages, and we will announce for each monthly meetup what expertise may be there. 

For this meetup, our current CODEcamp instructor, Matt Shaw, will be there (JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and more). We will also have a USCB CSci student there as well (HTML, CSS).

Count on the last Saturday of each month as our SC Codes Meetup. We are excited about #coding at BASEcamp!

Coworking in Beaufort, SC

Coworking @ the Corridor

Want to work alongside entrepreneurs and check out what's going on at Beaufort Digital Corridor's BASEcamp? Join our resident community and like-minded remote workers each Friday for Coworking @ the Corridor at no cost.

Spend the day working out of BASEcamp, Beaufort's premier business incubator and coworking office. Pick a desk, settle in and get productive. High-speed Wi-Fi and access to conference space is included.

Coworking in Beaufort, SC

Coworking @ the Corridor

Want to work alongside entrepreneurs and check out what's going on at Beaufort Digital Corridor's BASEcamp? Join our resident community and like-minded remote workers each Friday for Coworking @ the Corridor at no cost.

Spend the day working out of BASEcamp, Beaufort's premier business incubator and coworking office. Pick a desk, settle in and get productive. High-speed Wi-Fi and access to conference space is included.

Seth Konoza teaches game development in Game On!

Game On! June 10-14, 2019

Game On! is a code education program geared toward middle and high school students who would like to learn the practice of game design and development. Over this five-session program, students will learn the theory, tools, and practice required to create their own games. Learn more/Register HERE.

Game On! this time will be a morning summer camp style week-long course (5 classes Monday - Friday), offered twice this summer to fit everyone in. The first class takes place June 10-14, 2019.

Coworking in Beaufort, SC

Coworking @ the Corridor

Want to work alongside entrepreneurs and check out what's going on at Beaufort Digital Corridor's BASEcamp? Join our resident community and like-minded remote workers each Friday for Coworking @ the Corridor at no cost.

Spend the day working out of BASEcamp, Beaufort's premier business incubator and coworking office. Pick a desk, settle in and get productive. High-speed Wi-Fi and access to conference space is included.

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

Coworking in Beaufort, SC

Coworking @ the Corridor

Want to work alongside entrepreneurs and check out what's going on at Beaufort Digital Corridor's BASEcamp? Join our resident community and like-minded remote workers each Friday for Coworking @ the Corridor at no cost.

Spend the day working out of BASEcamp, Beaufort's premier business incubator and coworking office. Pick a desk, settle in and get productive. High-speed Wi-Fi and access to conference space is included.

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 a volunteer mentor(s) on board to answer questions and offer guidance. These mentors may have experience in different programming languages, and we will announce for each monthly meetup what expertise may be there.

Mentors for this meetup tba.

Count on the last Saturday of each month as our SC Codes Meetup. We are excited about #coding at BASEcamp!

S.C. Department of Commerce Office of Innovation's Pen to Paper Tour

BASEcamp has been confirmed as an official stop on the S.C. Department of Commerce Office of Innovation's Pen to Paper Tour! Stay tuned for details...

Pen to Paper Tour:
The Pen to Paper Tour connects us to the innovation ecosystem through pre-scheduled days in which members of our team work remotely at partner locations. Community members are invited to coordinate individual meetings or can simply drop by our working area to discuss their ideas, share what they're working on, or connect them with additional statewide resources.

Game On! July 15-19, 2019

Game On! is a code education program geared toward middle and high school students who would like to learn the practice of game design and development. Over this five-session program, students will learn the theory, tools, and practice required to create their own games. Learn more/Register HERE.

Game On! this time will be a morning summer camp style week-long course (5 classes Monday - Friday), offered twice this summer to fit everyone in. This is the second and final class this summer, July 15-19, 2019.

2018 Live Work Mentor Program, Pollpit

TECHconnect - Live Work Mentor

This month will feature an update on the progress of our entrepreneurial students here for the summer Live Work Mentor program. Come hear about and ask questions about their project, Life Launcher. (Pictured above: students from the 2018 Live Work Mentor program, Pollpit)

TECHconnect is a monthly networking event held at BASEcamp for tech-related professionals with the goal of creating and advancing tech-progressive business potential. Please RSVP to info@beaufortdigital.com