Entrepreneurship & Technology
Entrepreneurship and innovation fuel economic growth in York County. Check out some of the tools and collaborative efforts available for entrepreneurs to create new technologies and businesses, resulting in new jobs, strengthened market competition and increased productivity in our region.
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.
Gravity Center Entrepreneurial Hub
Gravity Center Entrepreneurial Hub in Rock Hill is a resource center for the local entrepreneurial community. The center focuses on providing space, incubation, mentorship and program support for start-up businesses and works in partnership with the City of Rock Hill, York County, Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation, and the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce.
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.
York County Launch Pad
York County Launch Pad is a monthly event that allows two local entrepreneurs to take the stage and share what they do and the challenges they're facing and overcoming in growing their businesses. After each presentation, the crowd has a chance to both ask questions and offer helpful advice and insight. These events are the quickest and easiest way to get involved in the thriving entrepreneurial community in York County. The free and open-to-the-public event takes place at 8AM on the first Wednesday of every month at Knowledge Perk.
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.
Rock Hill's Gravity Center co-working space bills itself as the most feature rich, accessible and economic coworking space in the region; a place for collaboration and the hub for their various services and programs.
LOOM Coworking, Gallery and Event space in Fort Mill was created to facilitate a new level of collaboration and growth for local entrepreneurs, creatives and knowledge workers.