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About the Upstate Ecosystem

Our Story

At Venture Carolina, our passion is to bridge the gap between investors and entrepreneurs, a mission we're advancing with the launch of our 2024 Upstate Upstarts List. We started this list as a collaborative community effort, designed to spotlight the tech “Upstarts” in South Carolina's Upstate region. 

Our inaugural list features over 60 startups that exemplify the spirit of an “Upstart” - based in the Upstate's seven counties, grounded in technology, and showing promising growth potential. 

We envision the Upstate Upstarts list as a beacon, attracting talent, capital, and partnerships to these innovative startups. It's more than a list; it's a platform for investment opportunities and a nexus for collaboration, supporting the vibrant early-stage companies that call the Upstate their home.

Upstate Upstart Criteria

  • Based in the Upstate of South Carolina (Oconee, Pickens, Anderson, Greenville, Spartanburg, Cherokee, or Union county)
  • Are a “technology” company: including software, hardware, tech-enabled services, digitally native brands, e-commerce, and life sciences companies; but not generally “traditional” companies like retailers, service companies, or real estate companies
  • Have a minimum annual recurring revenue of $150,000, or a minimum number of 8 employees
  • Have a maximum of $50M revenue or 250 employees
  • Would like to be on the list!