Invest in What Matters

Be a part of the bigger picture in Columbia’s Ecosystem.

There Are A Lot Of Resources Out There. Why GrowCo?

You’re right — why GrowCo?

Someone speaking at the GrowCo power lunch

GrowCo holds a specific role in the Columbia Metro area’s larger entrepreneurial ecosystem — We are an organization of, by, and for founders to support fellow founders and CEOs of high-impact, high-growth companies.

These founders are our focus because we believe in their potential to have a powerful impact on  our local economy through innovation, the creation of knowledge economy jobs, and an influx of investors and investment capital.

There are talented people in the metro area building awesome things and creating incredible companies. GrowCo exists to recognize and champion their efforts, ply them with the resources needed for their companies to thrive, and rally together as change-makers. 

GrowCo understands that it is the entrepreneurs themselves who must lead the local entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem forward.

Innovator Member Qualifications

  • Must be the founder, a co-founder, or CEO of your company (no exceptions)
  • Desire to scale
  • Demonstrated ability to scale
  • Company is pushing innovation in some way
  • At least 2 full time employees located in the Columbia Metro Area
  • 250K in annual revenue

Innovator Member Benefits

  • Founder’s Circle Cohorts
    • Founder’s Circles are Mastermind-styled support groups driven by peer-to-peer mentorship and a desire to help fellow members grow their companies.
  • Power Lunches
    • Power Lunches bring together the brightest minds in business and leadership for exclusive conversations and mentorship with GrowCo’s high-impact, high-growth founders and CEOs.
  • GrowCo Happy Hours
    • Happy Hours are collision spaces for GrowCo members to engage with fellow founders and CEOs of growth stage companies and other selective do-ers working in Columbia’s economic development ecosystem.
  • Free ticket to the Growth Summit
    • The Growth Summit brings together the most forward-thinking minds in South Carolina to learn directly from proven leaders and noteworthy experts on how to better themselves and their business.
  • Free company spot at GrowCo hosted talent recruitment events

GrowCo Happy hour

 

Become A GrowCo Startup Member

Startup Member Qualifications

  • Must be the founder, a co-founder, or CEO of your company (no exceptions)
  • Desire to scale
  • Company is pushing innovation in some way
  • 250K in annual revenue or 150K in capital raised

Startup Member Benefits

  • Access to GrowCo Programs
  • Founder’s Circle Cohorts 
  • Power Lunches
  • GrowCo Happy Hours
  • Free ticket to the Growth Summit
  • Free company spot at GrowCo hosted talent recruitment events
  • CEO Concierge Service
  • Company Promotion
  • Your Community, Your People
    • Invited to join GrowCo’s Slack community exclusively for Innovator and Startup Members and GrowCo Mentors
    • Invited to the Cola Metro Talent Pipeline Slack community

 

GrowCo members bound for greatness

Become A GrowCo Community Member

Still kick-starting your journey towards greatness?

We got you.

If you’re a founder still making your moves towards Innovator qualifications or simply a fellow entrepreneurial ecosystem enthusiast of any kind, come circle the wagons with us! If you’re passionate about making Columbia a better place to start and grow a business, this is your tribe, too.

Community Member Benefits

  • Access to GrowCo Programs
    • GrowCo Happy Hours
    • Discounted ticket to the Growth Summit
  • Your Community, Your People
    • Invited to the Cola Metro Talent Pipeline Slack community