Start-up Resources

The Zucker Institute for Innovation Commercialization has many internal and local resources to help you with getting your start-up launched successfully. If you are interested in forming a new company, learning more about SBIR/STTR grants, connecting with any resource partners, or have any or questions, please email Kaitlyn Crobar, Technology Transfer Associate:

2019 University Spinout Founder's Handbook - (SC) Edition

H. Hutchison, PLLC's Founder's Handbook is intended to be a general guide to key legal and select business issues involved in starting a company to develop technology generated at a university.

View the Founder's Handbook (PDF)

SBIR / STTR Small Business Grants

SBIR STTR - America's Seed Fund Logo

Known as America’s Seed Fund, these are congressionally mandated dollars to help advance innovative technologies via a small business. If you have an eligible startup company, or small business, you can apply for this source of non-dilutive funding.

Small Business Grants

Resource Partners

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The South Carolina Research Authority is a public, non-profit corporation that fuels South Carolina’s innovation economy.


SC Academic Innovations: Collaborating to Advance Academic Innovations - SCRA works directly with academic institutions and affiliated startups – creating opportunities to advance research capabilities and commercialize technology.

Entrepreneurial Programs: Supporting Startups through SC Launch - SCRA’s Entrepreneurial Program, SC Launch, provides startups with mentoring, access to a network of business experts and grants. Companies may be eligible for an investment from SC Launch, Inc. The program is open to qualified South Carolina companies in the Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Information Technology and Life Sciences sectors.

SCRA Launch & Learns - 45-minute sessions are hosted with our Resource Partner Network to provide a casual learning environment as well as a structured lesson plan. The sessions will cover a variety of topics of interest to startups, such as incorporation, general legal issues, pro forma, general accounting, sales and marketing strategies, fundraising, etc.

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SCBIO is a statewide, not-for-profit, public/private life sciences industry association and economic development organization formed to actively promote, build, support, expand, and convene South Carolina's life sciences industry.

SCBIO Events
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The Southeast XLerator Network's goal is to help move scientific discoveries and technologies out of the lab and into the market and increase SBIR funding to this typically underserved region.

XLerator Network

  • Executives-on-Roster – A collaborative platform for MUSC affiliated researchers and startup founders to access experienced executive talent to serve as an Advisor, Primary Investigator on SBIR/STTR grant, and/or an executive to join their management team. Building a solid experienced team is an important aspect of being able to successfully commercialize your technology and attract capital. XOR makes finding experienced individuals easier
  • Other Programs

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Southeast Life Sciences connect biopharma, medical device, diagnostics, and digital heath industries with investors, potential partners, and the resources they need to progress.

Southeast Life Sciences
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South Carolina’s content toolkit for the pursuit of innovation. Launch into inspirational sessions with innovators across the state and beyond.

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Every year thousands of small business owners turn to the South Carolina Small Business Development Centers for private consulting.