Harbor Entrepreneur Center

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    Harbor Entrepreneur Center gains new leader see more

    The Harbor Entrepreneur Center, a nonprofit focused on helping entrepreneurs through accelerator programs and coworking spaces, will have a new executive director on June 1.

    Daniel Stern, the former executive director of the Jewish Community Center and previous major gifts officer for the Lowcountry Food Bank, will assume the helm. John Osborne, the Harbor’s co-founder and current executive director, said recently he plans to step down to work fulltime at Good Growth Capital, a Charleston-based venture capital fund, and with Charleston Angel Partners, an area investment group. “The Harbor is heading into a phase of rapid growth and we are excited to have Daniel on board to lead our nonprofit,” said Osborne, who will sit on the board.

    SCBIO's Charleston-area office is graciously hosted at The Harbor Entrepreneur Center by the non-profit organization.

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    John Osborne honored by Charleston Southern University see more

    CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern University presented the Distinguished Service Award to John Osborne, a successful Charleston entrepreneur, at commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 5 at North Charleston Coliseum.

    Osborne is the executive administrator of Charleston Angel Partners, director of The Harbor Entrepreneur Center and managing partner of Good Growth Capital. In addition, he has a background in the financial services industry in commercial banking, private banking and wealth management with First Citizens Bank, Regions Bank, Bank of America and MassMutual.  Osborne also serves as a member of the Industry and Innovation Council of SCBIO, South Carolina's life sciences industry organization.  The Harbor Entrepreneur Center hosts SCBIO's Charleston office onsite.

    He received a bachelor of science in finance and economics from Charleston Southern in 2002 and played on the CSU men’s golf team for four years.

    “CSU provided a great foundation in my chosen major of finance and economics to build from as I continue to grow businesses which also support economic development efforts in our region,” said Osborne. “My involvement in startups stems from a combination of genuinely caring about seeing people pursue their passions and a recognition of the need for a more systematic way to connect people with resources to those who need them. It’s been a lifelong journey which is still evolving.”

    President Jairy C. Hunter Jr. said, “John always exhibits strong leadership skills and a willingness to help others. John is a superb example of a servant business leader. He is humble, intelligent and committed to helping entrepreneurs be successful in their business ventures. We are blessed that John chose to attend CSU. He was an excellent golfer and student. ”

    Osborne said, “To be recognized for service to the community, which is something I am passionate about, by CSU is a humbling honor for which I am grateful.”

    Osborne is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Charleston. He is currently serving on the West Ashley Revitalization Commission, the South Carolina Innovation Advisory Council, and is a founding member of the Start Up Champions Network. He has been recognized by Charleston Regional Business Journal as a 40 under 40; by Azalea Magazine as Visionary of the Year, and was named to Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive.

    He has been on the Board of Directors for Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, The Education Foundation, The Charleston International Film Festival and The Harbor Entrepreneur Center.

    Osborne and his wife, Allison, have two sons.

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    South Carolina Commerce awards $700K in innovation grants... see more

    Nine organizations receive state funds as part of Startup Fuel Challenge

    The S.C. Department of Commerce Office of Innovation announced more than $719,000 in grant awards to nine organizations as part of its Startup Fuel Challenge grant series. Tasked with advancing innovation, entrepreneurship and technology-based economic development, this grant program focuses on projects that are outcome-oriented and aim to build stronger entrepreneurs and companies.

    “As South Carolina has become a leader in advanced manufacturing, an innovation economy has developed within our borders. To ensure that our industry partners have access to cutting-edge technology and a high-tech workforce, the continued growth of our innovation economy is critical,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “I congratulate these nine awardees and look forward to all they’ll achieve in the years to come.”

    Established in 2013, the Office of Innovation announced grant awards in 2014 and 2015. As a result, more than 25 entrepreneurship programs were supported, and more than 6,000 South Carolinians were educated in technology curriculum.

    Read on for full details on awardees...