Entrepreneurship & Technology
Tech firms, creative companies, and entrepreneurs of all shapes and sizes are coming together to create something special in Rock Hill, SC. Knowledge Park, is a master planned area which encompasses both Winthrop University and the city center. Knowledge Park was created to encourage innovation, collaboration and ultimately job creation through shared experiences and shared spaces. There are currently 13 development opportunities within the boundaries, which when combined equal almost 100 acres. A few Knowledge Park programs are discussed below.
The Technology Incubator @ Technology Park
The Knowledge Park’s Technology Incubator offers entrepreneurs access to business resources and technical support designed to help launch an idea into a successful business. The Incubator isn’t just a place to shared space, that’s available elsewhere (see the Colony Co-Working Space below). Rather, it’s designed to bring companies in, help them grow and develop, then graduate in approximately 8 to 12 months.
Technology made available by locally owned telecommunications company Comporium, Zipstream internet service provides download and upload speeds of 1,000 megabits per second (mbps) – or one Gigabit – over a fiber optic network. The vision is to make York County recognized for recruiting, launching, and growing high-impact technology businesses. Further, Comporium’s residential and business customers in fiber neighborhoods or business parks have access the Zipstream gigabit service.
1 Million Cups
1 Million Cups is a free, nation-wide program that allows early-stage startups a safe and supportive space to present their business ideas and receive constructive feedback from other business owners and community members. Launched for the first time in York County in November 2016, the program will continue on a monthly schedule, open to any community member interested in participating.
In recent years, Fort Mill has become an ever-changing area for growth and opportunity. A part of this change includes a growing number of independent, contingent, and remote professionals, helping to fuel Fort Mill’s economy. Though mobile, these entrepreneurs, creatives and knowledge workers prefer to work locally and avoid commutes. LOOM Coworking, Gallery and Event space — the first of its kind in York County — was created to facilitate a new level of collaboration and growth for these local independent professionals.
Located in Rock Hill’s historic city center, Collision Cowork features newly renovated, creative cowork space just steps away from restaurants, bars, concert venues, and apartments. The center offers flexible or dedicated work space, private offices and private phone booths. Meeting rooms include HD TVs and whiteboards. The kitchen area includes a refrigerator, sink, microwave, bar seating and free coffee. All renters receive access via Wi-Fi or ethernet to Zipstream gigabit internet service over a fiber optic network at no additional charge.