For the Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics Foundation, economic development begins at STARTSVILLE.

A creativity hub in downtown Hartsville, STARTSVILLE is designed to incubate startups, collaborations and new innovations generated by our alumni, students, members of the Hartsville community, and other eager entrepreneurs from across the state.

STARTSVILLE, a new initiative of the GSSM Foundation, serves as a base of operations for our Career Services Center, designed to return GSSM’s alumni talent to South Carolina, as well as a hot spot for emerging R&D initiatives with corporate partners.

Our extraordinary entrepreneurial ecosystem disrupts the norm in order to drive and deliver economic development.

Ideas in Progress:

  • Alumni Entrepreneur Symposium Weekend
  • Startup Hartsville Competition kick-starting new local businesses
  • After-school STEM program for middle schoolers
  • Knowledge Café featuring guest speakers
  • Student-led TechTalk workshops for the community
  • Co-working space

Ideas in the Hopper:

  • C-lab design center
  • Alumni consulting firm
  • Three-week accelerator during Interim
  • Innovation weeks
  • Innovation fellowships for alumni
  • Living/working spaces
  • Contests, R&D, mentors, coaches, events & more!

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