April 17, 2020
Greetings! SCRA’s COVID page has now been expanded to multiple pages, dividing subjects into smaller pages to help you find needed resources easily and rapidly. We also continue to grow the sections. Please check back often and share the information with others.
SCRA has allocated substantial additional funding in grants and investments with a particular focus on current Client Companies to assist them in navigating through these unprecedented times.

vital to help make possible the survival of early-stage companies.

You can also help by spreading the word — share this flyer with other potential contributors.
Competition, co-sponsored by SCRA, is for students’ ideas that address the most pressing technical, social, and financial issues caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Up to $9,000 prize money (up to $1,000 per winning individual or team). Open to all currently enrolled undergrad and grad students on all UofSC campuses.

Entries are due THIS Sun, April 19, 11 pm.
UofSC’s Darla Moore School of Business will be holding its 11th annual Proving Ground pitch competition online. A first-place prize of $17,500 in two categories is up for grabs THIS Tues, April 21 on Facebook Live at 5 pm.

The two innovations with the highest initial scores in each category that did not make the finals will face off in the SCRA/Fluor Fan Favorite Track, competing for a first-place prize of $6,000 determined by an audience vote.
The SC Medical Device Alliance has released a new Request for Proposal for Medical Device Alliance Patent Landscape Reports. RFP is soliciting fixed price bids for professional consulting services to develop patent landscape reports for eight early-stage medical devices,
as well as one FTO search. Proposals are due by 5 pm on Fri, May 1. Read RFP 
Clemson University will be launching its MS in Computer Science program in Greenville this coming Fall at the CU-ICAR campus. This graduate program mirrors the program currently offered on Clemson’s main campus in requirements and expectations, but was developed to meet the needs of working professionals. Learn more and apply
SCRA is very proud to share that Vän Robotics, who has received funding through SCRA grants and SC Launch, Inc. investments, will be making an appearance on Shark Tank on Fri, May 1 at 8 pm. Please join us in cheering on one of our companies! Learn more
SC Launch Client Company,
Elastrin Therapeutics, has demonstrated proof-of-concept for a patented therapeutic compound that may provide needed repair and restorative function to lungs that have
been damaged by the COVID-19 virus.
SC Launch, Inc. Portfolio Company, Extremiti3D, assisted Essentium, Inc. in delivering 80 3D printed reusable masks to the City of Pflugerville, TX public works department. Many of their employees are considered essential and continue to work.
  • 11 am: Working Successfully from Home: How to Balance Family with Career (Greenville Chamber)

  • 12 pm: weekly National Small Business Town Hall (Inc. magazine and US Chamber of Commerce)
The USDA has released an application for their Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant, stemming from the recent Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. Application deadline: July 13. Learn more and apply
The SC COVID-19 Emergency Supply Collaborative is seeking community partners with the ability to quickly source and/or make needed medical supplies to support the State of South Carolina’s COVID-19 response.
In an effort to provide guidance and much-needed tools, SC Department of Commerce has launched the online  COVID-19 Business Resource Center
The SC Chamber is compiling the latest resources on COVID-19, so you can have easy access to the information you need to run your business and protect your employees.