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Why Invest?

Invest in the SmartState Program

Investing in a Center of Economic Excellence has compelling benefits for companies, foundations, organizations, and the people of South Carolina. 

When private-sector funds are invested in a SmartState Center, matching state funds double the impact of the investment. 

For companies, investing in a SmartState Center is an opportunity to form a strategic partnership with a research university and one or more world-class faculty members. Centers attract research stars whose work can produce scientific breakthroughs and ultimately benefit industry and create jobs. The result is a joint venture that will pay dividends both now and in the future.

Companies can also consult with the research universities to identify joint research projects or intellectual property that can be licensed. Click here to connect with the universities.