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The South Carolina Research Authority team is looking forward to seeing you at the annual summit, formerly the SC Launch Summit. It will be a day filled with inspiring speakers and exciting networking and learning opportunities. This year’s theme is ScaleUP SC, celebrating the hard work of innovators who are growing our state’s innovation economy.

$50 early-bird tickets until 3/15. Use Promo Code: SCALEUPSC
$75 full price ticket

Featured Speakers & Emcee

  • Lt. Governor Pamela Evette, South Carolina Office of the Governor, learn more
  • Secretary Harry M. Lightsey III, South Carolina Department of Commerce, learn more
  • Bea Wray, Innovation Expert, Author, Keynote Speaker, learn more
  • Herbert L. Drayton III, Venture Capitalist, HI Mark Capital, Emcee, Learn more


In 2006, SCRA formed SC Launch Inc. pursuant to South Carolina Code §13-17-87 and §13-17-88 to facilitate applied research, product development and commercialization programs and strengthen South Carolina’s knowledge economy to create high paying jobs.

SC Launch Inc. is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation affiliated with SCRA and the SC Launch program to make seed investments which anticipate financial returns. These investments are normally in the form of equity, loans, and convertible loans.

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