Startsville, the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics Foundation’s Innovation Center, is partnering with the City of Hartsville for the third annual Startup Hartsville Competition which kicks off on October 17, 2016. The competition offers funds and other incentives to help local entrepreneurs establish their own businesses in downtown Hartsville.
Businesses eligible for the competition include startups, franchises, relocations of existing businesses from other communities, as well as established Hartsville businesses looking to significantly expand into additional business concepts.
Startsville, with support from the City of Hartsville, offers an incentive package of $12,000 each to two winning entrepreneurs who will open a store in downtown Hartsville. These awards represent a potentially forgivable loan, based on the recipient’s compliance with the program’s criteria.
Businesses must submit an application by December 16, 2016, after which semi-finalists and finalists will be selected. The winners of the competition will be announced on April 10, 2017, during the competition’s Closing Ceremony.
“We are excited to be offering the Startup Hartsville competition for the 3rd year in a row,” said Kathryn de Ridder-Vignone, Director of Startsville. “We look forward to supporting this year’s participants as they seek to join our previous Grand Prize winners – Seersuckergypsy, Retrofit Sip-N-Seat, Devane’s Fashion and Griggs Circle Bakery – in opening businesses in downtown Hartsville. Their enterprises are crucial to growing the vitality and diversity of our community and ensuring its long-term economic health."