Blog: In Focus

Local College Launches Startup Program

This past semester, the College of Charleston has launched a new program centered on helping students create technology focused startup ventures. The program is called the International Cross-curricular Accelerator for Technology (ICAT). The college is aiming to help fuel the growth of local startups here in the 'Silicon Harbor'.

Through funding from the Business and Computer Science schools at the college, the Entrepreneurship program has put together a select group of 24 for students for its inaugural launch. The students are made up of Liberal Arts majors, Business majors and Computer Science majors. The students formed teams of 3 with the goal of forming and launching a Lean Startup company or service which incorporates a technological product.

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A Look At Lunadesk

When you think about managing your venture, what comes to mind? I'm guessing you may have started making a mental list, probably things you wish were running more smoothly. No doubt, there are lots of things to keep track of when managing your business on a daily basis.

Lunadesk is a Service as a Service (SaaS) that enables you to manage your business efficiently. They provide a hosted solution for managing your business so you don't have to worry about the details. We haven't used their service, but we think they could be a valuable asset to help you run your business. Bonus, they are a fairly local resource being located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Let's briefly look at what Lunadesk has to offer.

Cost: $8/employee/month - Discounts are available for larger businesses. The cost also includes features that are added in the future.

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We All Have Questions

We are happy to be celebrating 1 year of Startup Chucktown today. We have learned many lessons in our first year and have made a great number of connections. But all celebrating aside, we still have questions, perhaps like many of you.

Charleston is full of hungry entrepreneurs and startup teams, and it is steadily growing. It is still our mission to help entrepreneurs and startup ventures in every industry and stage of entrepreneurship. So with that in mind, we have recently launched Ask&Answer, a new destination for our community to interact with one another. It is our hope that Ask&Answer will be your first stop when you have questions related to entrepreneurship.

It is very likely that a question you have, is one others either currently have or have had previously. Why not post it to our local community? Maybe you don't currently have any questions, but hopefully you are willing to help answer those who are looking for feedback. Our goal is to represent perspectives from people thinking about leaping i…

Mount Pleasant Possibilities

Our close neighbor, across the Ravenel bridge, has some interesting options that startups and entrepreneurs should keep in mind. Both resources they offer are fairly new to the area. Mount Pleasant has both a business incubator and a business accelerator.

The business incubator Biz Inc is actually sponsored by Mount Pleasant itself. The business accelerator The Harbor Accelerator is a separate venture but has partnered with Biz Inc. Each of these have their own unique positions and features to explore.

  • Biz Inc - Cost - $250/month - The town provides the businesses with a cubicle, phone service, Internet and access to a conference room. A business can locate in the incubator for its first 12 months of operation. After 12 months they are encourged to find a permanent space within the community.

  • The Harbor Accelerator - Cost - $0 - The cost is free, however, this is a program you and/or venture must apply to and they must offer you acceptance into the program. The program they offer is a 14 week intensive co…