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Office of Economic Engagement


Established in 2013, The Office of Economic Engagement is the single convergence point for industry, researchers, entrepreneurs and government officials looking to engage with the university. We connect businesses large and small with the resources of the state’s flagship university, cultivate innovative technologies, champion entrepreneurship and build partnerships that drive economic and workforce development in South Carolina. 

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.

We are the Convergence Point

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.

Competitive Edge 

OEE coordinates outreach efforts across all eight University of South Carolina campuses to create a more diversified economy making South Carolina more competitive regionally, nationally and globally.

Commitment to Innovation

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.

Leadership Team

Read more about the team that is driving innovation and how they connect different partners to the resources they need.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.