Global Connections Start in Myrtle Beach
Greater Myrtle Beach benefits from a growing pool of high-tech workers like software and electrical engineers, computer programmers, developers, and technicians, and as the second fastest growing metro in the U.S., our rich band of talent stands to increase in size and skill capacity over the next few years. Our region prides itself on maintaining tech startups and similar environments that allow people to exercise their entrepreneurial spirits while contributing new technologies to the community.
Tech Startups and Entrepreneurial Networks
The Myrtle Beach area has a thriving technology startup and entrepreneurial network of companies operating in co-working spaces.
- StartupSC is a tech startup incubator and co-working space that offers guidance, resources, mentorship, and connections to entrepreneurs and technology companies in the Myrtle Beach area.
- Conway Innovation Center (CIC) is a business incubation center that focuses on the development of emerging technology, life science, information technology, and service businesses. The Center fosters entrepreneurial growth and sustainable companies in the community.
- The Grand Strand Startup Initiative (GSSI) is a comprehensive plan for developing scalable startups as a focused and ongoing economic development effort in Georgetown and Horry counties. The GSSI received part of $2.4 million awarded by the South Carolina Department of Commerce.
- 5th T Innovation Group is an organization focused on building a technology industry cluster in Horry County by assisting in the creation of new technology and scientific and local entrepreneurial ventures. 5th T Innovation works in collaboration with Coastal Carolina University.
Training and Degree Programs
Coastal Carolina University – ranked second for best value among southern regional universities – and Horry Georgetown Technical College offer degree and certificate programs in information technology, computer science, electronics engineering, programming, and digital arts. The Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing & Technology also offers state-of-the-art services and training programs in 3D virtual reality projection solutions, 3D interactive simulations, and more. Webster University has a campus in Myrtle Beach that offers a Masters of Arts in Information Technology Management.
Infrastructure & Telecommunications
Horry County has a robust network of telecommunications service providers and a state-of-the-art fiber optic network covering over 4,000 miles. Our providers – Horry Telephone Cooperative (HTC) and Frontier Communications – offer broadband speeds to satisfy both small and large business needs. HTC has a 24x7x365 Network Control Center located in inland Horry County and can monitor business networks for performance issues or bandwidth utilization. In addition to transitional services like t-1’s and PRI’s, HTC also offers SABNT services and Ethernet over fiber, along with both TDM and hosted VoIP solutions.