May 31, 2024

June Newsletter

Angela Coxe & Jess O'Brien

What's Happening at the Corridor?

Dear Friends of the BDC,

As we transition into summer, I am filled with pride and gratitude for the profound impact we are making in our community. At the Beaufort Digital Corridor, we believe in the power of collective growth and the idea that "a rising tide lifts all boats". This principle guides our mission to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, and technological advancement throughout Beaufort.

In May, we wrapped up an extraordinary program at Whale Branch Early College High School that exemplifies this philosophy. Our pilot initiative, CybStart, aimed to empower young minds with the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in the tech industry. Over the course of 1 week, we worked closely with students in 3 separate IT Fundamentals classes, guiding them through the essentials of entrepreneurship and technology, impacting a total of 45 students.

CybStart is more than just an educational program; it is a launchpad for future leaders and innovators. We provided these dedicated students with hands-on training in pitching startups, conducting market validation, and developing lean canvases. Additionally, the program emphasized the importance of soft skills, pairing them with entrepreneurial know-how to ensure these young entrepreneurs are well-rounded and ready to lead.

The results were nothing short of inspiring. Students who participated in CybStart displayed remarkable creativity, resilience, and a willingness to embrace new challenges. They learned not only to create viable business models but also to communicate their ideas effectively and work collaboratively. By the end of the program, each student had developed a unique startup concept, ready to be further refined and potentially brought to market.

As we reflect on this success, I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to our partners, supporters, and the broader Beaufort community. Your continued support and belief in our mission enable us to create such impactful programs and opportunities. Together, we are cultivating a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship that benefits everyone.

Looking ahead, we are excited to build on this momentum and expand our reach, offering more programs that empower individuals and drive community growth. We believe that by lifting each other up, we can achieve extraordinary things.

Thank you for being an integral part of the Beaufort Digital Corridor. Your support is invaluable, and together, we will continue to elevate our community, proving that indeed, a rising tide lifts all boats.


Jess O'Brien

Executive Director at Beaufort Digital Corridor

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