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.
Jobs Rock Hill
As innovative businesses continue to grow in Rock Hill and throughout York County, so does the need for skilled, qualified employees.
Data from a 2015 Knowledge Economy Workforce Skills Assessment conducted by Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation (RHEDC) in conjunction with Winthrop University showed:
- 50,000+ York County residents commute to Charlotte, NC every day
- 80% of these commuters have skills essential to a knowledge economy
- 65% would be willing to switch positions if a similar job was available in Rock Hill
In response to these findings, our partners at Rock Hill Economic Development developed a website exclusively for businesses and workers in the area designed to connect local knowledge economy jobs with qualified talent.
As a team, we were able to reach outbound talent through a multi-faceted marketing campaign that directed candidates to our award-winning jobs website (2017 Gold Award – International Economic Development Council) to post resumes and explore knowledge economy positions available with successful companies in their own community.
Launched in January 2017, there are more than 3,200+ candidates registered on the site. Find out more @ jobsrockhil.com
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.