The Community Foundation for a Better Hartsville opened the Startsville Center for Innovation, formerly Duke Energy Center for Innovation, in July 2013. The Center supports entrepreneurs through the processes involved with early company formation, development and commercialization of advanced or novel emerging technologies or services.

The hybrid internet/store-front business incubator in Hartsville is located at 145 W. Carolina Avenue. It is the second of up to five Clemson Technology Villages that are being built across South Carolina (none within 60 miles of another) through a pilot program of the Clemson Institute of Economic and Community Development. 

The Center in Hartsville has benefited from generous financial support from the Byerly Foundation, Duke Energy, the City of Hartville, and a number of individuals.

Technology fields served in the incubator include nanotechnology and advanced materials; software development; alternative energy and renewable fuels; healthcare; automotive and aerospace technologies; energy conservation; agricultural equipment and technology; agricultural biotechnology; specialty agricultural ventures; water management and resource technologies; environmental biotechnology, aquaculture; and related technology service and support companies.

Contact Kathryn de Ridder-Vignone, Director at or 843-917-0600.

Learn more at the Startsville Center for Innovation web site.

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