FOR THE COLLABORATOR-AT-HEART
OpenWorks coworking space emphasizes community and collaboration. The space offers dedicated desks and flexible use space inside an open floor plan devoid of walls or offices. It has also, from its inception, been notably averse to invisible walls that might divide those who use the space from those who run the place.
As they say it best, “We encourage members to be involved with the space on a deeper level than just renting space for a 9-5. Get your homework done and then help make the space better for everyone by championing projects and community growth.”
That member participation helps make it one of the most affordable spaces downtown. However, there are still plenty of perks. Membership options include access to gym and shower facilities, and all members have access to Synergy Mill do-it-yourself fabrication space about a mile away.
FOR THE ITICHING-TO-INNOVATE
The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) is housed at USC Upstate’s George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics (JCBE). The center doubles as a meeting point for experienced entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs who would like to rub shoulders and share ideas with each other. As a university program, CEI places a heavy emphasis on matching students’ educational experiences with their entrepreneurial ambitions.
However, CEI also serves as an innovation hub for the Upstate’s entrepreneurial ecosystem by fostering collaboration and providing access to education, faculty research and expertise, and community engagement. JCBE is one of only two active chapters of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) in South Carolina. Founded in 1983, CEO supports more than 16,500 emerging collegiate entrepreneurs across the world.