With major support from the Town of Mount Pleasant, the SCRA (South Carolina Research Authority), and Charleston County Economic Development the HEC is returning to Mount Pleasant with a 22,000 sq. ft. facility that will provide a collaborative space to inspire, educate and elevate entrepreneurial organizations, venture capital investment and innovation. The HEC in Mount Pleasant will create an entrepreneurial ecosystem for students, veterans, career changers and businesses to develop new enterprises and ideas to grow here in the Charleston region.
“The Town’s economic development strategy specifically calls for a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. Our partnership with Harbor addresses this directly, and lets the world know that Mount Pleasant is the hub of innovation for South Carolina. We are excited for the companies coming over with HEC and look forward to collaborating with our stakeholders to recruit high-growth firms and create jobs in our community and region,” said Mount Pleasant Economic Development Manager Matt Brady.
The Harbor Entrepreneur Center was recently selected to serve as the Lead Agent for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, one of the areas of focus of the One Region Roadmap. The Roadmap provides a broad platform for the community to address economic challenges heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as threats to our region’s prosperity and global competitiveness.
“Naming the Harbor Entrepreneur Center as the Lead Agent for Innovation & Entrepreneurship gives us the opportunity to take the foundation the HEC has built over the past 10 years and create a high-impact resource for the region. The Town of Mount Pleasant’s ability to immediately recognize this opportunity and provide us with financial support allowed us to quickly propel this project from vision to reality,” said HEC Executive Director Grady Johnson.
The Harbor Entrepreneur Center (HEC), a 501c3 non-profit, was founded in 2012 by local entrepreneurs John Osborne and Patrick Bryant with support from the Town of Mount Pleasant with the mission of creating Collision! between entrepreneurs. For more information on available office space at the Harbor Entrepreneur Center, email Grady Johnson at email@example.com
The One Region Roadmap is the next evolution of the One Region Strategy launched in 2016. One Region is a Joint Venture partnership between the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG), the Charleston Regional Development Alliance (CRDA) and the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit OneRegionStrategy.com