This week, South Carolina is showing off the fact that it has invested in and attracted 49 world class researchers in technology related to automotive manufacturing, biomedical, future fuels, and advanced materials. State government, through lottery money, has provided yearly seed money, which in turn, has brought in $1.2 billion in external investment over nine years. It has also spurred about 7,000 new jobs.
The SmartState program, formerly known as the SC Centers of Economic Excellence, is hosting a national conference, hoping to inform state leaders about the program and to attract the interest of additional venture capitalists and angel investors.
This evening, Saul Singer, New York Times best-selling co-author of Start-up Nation, addresses the group about the successes of the nation of Israel in launching companies.
Before the conference, South Carolina Radio Network’s Ashley Byrd spoke with Arick Bjorn with the SmartState program and the SC Commission on Higher Education, and with Dr. Tom Kurfess, the SmartState endowed chair at CU-ICAR.
AUDIO: Bjorn, Kurfess on SmartState (7:00)