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Office of Economic Engagement


The Office of Economic Engagement connects businesses large and small with the resources of the state’s flagship university, champions the development and commercialization of new technologies and builds partnerships to drive economic development. OEE coordinates outreach efforts across all eight USC campuses to create a more diversified economy and make South Carolina more competitive regionally, nationally and globally.

Our Experts


Our Office

Experience has taught us that thinking like a business can transform the way organizations develop products, deliver services, innovate technologies and execute strategy. We exist at the intersection of industry, research and policy.

Entrepreneurs and established companies need the help of local governments and academic institutions to innovate. In turn, governments need the help of industry to meet the needs of growing populations. Growth in both requires collaboration across domains and disciplines.

We are the convergence point.

OEE is a unique consortium of public and private partners committed to helping meet the innovation challenges of the future, with particular focus on aerospace, cyber security, advanced manufacturing, healthcare and supply chain.


Grant Support

We provide step-by-step support for entrepreneurs to secure SBIR/STTR grants through one-on-one assistance.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.