Columbia, S.C., tech startups introduce innovations at Spring 2015 Demo Day

Local to Columbia, South Carolina, firedUP Startup Accelerator, in collaboration with ConvergeSE, will sponsor its Spring 2015 Demo Day on April 16 at Edventure Children’s Museum from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring five local innovative tech startups at the annual conference for designers and developers.

Demo Day celebrates the teams assisted by firedUP and the community’s response to their ventures. The five enterprises have worked closely with the program to create feasible solutions, validate their business models, gain feedback and polish their approaches.

This year’s slate of teams includes Tradeversity, a hyper-localized marketplace advertised as “college buying and selling made easy”; this site is student-friendly, school-specific and free.

White Coat Ventures develops technology solutions and tools for healthcare professionals; Rchivos designs applications for service providers to manage client projects for a better overall experience and increased customer retention.

SmartPhone Records empowers musicians to sell music straight to the consumer from smartphones or tablets worldwide, with no middle man required; and finally, Koios makes it easy to access library materials, for free, with a browser add-on.

“This program is an ideal way to bring together private and public expertise and resources . . . to help set the stage for South Carolina’s future,” Harry A. Huntley, CPA, executive director of the state’s Jobs-Economic Development Authority, said.

The program's sponsor, firedUP, provides a six-month intensive mentoring program, community support and resources for area business startups. They provide up to $25,000 seed capital in exchange for a six-percent equity stake.

“Startups are not small versions of big companies -- they are experiments,” said Chad Hardaway, firedUP’s director.

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