The Beaufort Digital Corridor (BDC) nurtures and promotes technology entrepreneurs. Their BASEcamp facility – located in downtown Beaufort – provides scalable office space for tech startups and coworking desks for remote workers. BDC offers networking opportunities, continuing education, and member-driven programs to help grow the tech economy in the Lowcountry.
History & Overview of the Beaufort Digital Corridor
Located in Beaufort, SC, the BDC is a branch of the Charleston Digital Corridor and was officially formed in 2016 in response to a request by the City and the citizens of Beaufort to grow a high-wage economy while further diversifying her economy. Year over year, the 501(c)6 non-profit has grown. It is driven by the BDC Foundation, which is made up of a board comprised of entrepreneurs from Beaufort’s tech community.
The purpose of the BDC is to attract, nurture and promote Beaufort’s technology entrepreneurs and ultimately the region’s tech economy through an array of impactful programs, products and organizations while leveraging Beaufort’s renowned livability. Focused on creating the business, education, and social environment that is attractive to tech entrepreneurs and tech-related companies, the BDC leverages its collaborative relationships, program elements, legislative access and contacts to assist companies with integrating them into the community.
The space has now grown to feature ten fully furnished and “wired” offices, as well as seven co-working desks. It continues to leverage collaborative relationships, legislative access, and assisting companies looking to integrate more fully into the community.
Services & Offerings of the Beaufort Digital Corridor
The BDC serves its community of tech entrepreneurs and workers through four core components: Community, Talent, Space, and Capital
- Community – The BDC offers numerous networking and educational events to foster the local tech and innovation community in Beaufort. These events include monthly Lunch and Learn workshops centered around a topic in the tech industry as well as networking events like their TECHConnect.
- Talent – By focusing on developing, connecting, and supporting, the BDC fosters local talent to meet tech-focussed workforce needs. The CDCu program expands Charleston’s technical talent pool through training and mentorship. CharlestonWorks matches qualified career seekers with technical job openings and companies with vetted service partners. And, organized “User Groups” provide augmentative business services, education and networking events.
- Space – The BDC has a beautiful membership space with offices for tech startups and desks for remote tech workers.
- Capital – The BDC is closely tied to the Charleston Digital Corridor’s network of venture capitalists and angel investors.