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Charleston Tech Wiki

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Welcome to Charleston Tech!


Advancing technological innovation and collaboration in Charleston, South Carolina.



Wiki Outline



Accelerator/Incubator Programs

A Semi-Complete List of Startup Accelerator Programs 

Accelerating Success: A Study of Seed Accelerators and Their Defining Characteristics


Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Catalyst Center

Complete List of Incubators and Accelerators - launch.co

European Accelerators Map

Follow accelerators on Twitter

Global Accelerator Network

National Business Incubation Association - search for incubators


US & Canada Seed Stage Tech Accelerators


Specific accelerators/incubators:


Bolt - Boston - internet-connected hardware

HAXLR8R - Bay Area, Shenzhen - hardware

Harbor Accelerator - Mt. Pleasant/Charleston, SC

Lemnos Labs - Bay Area - hardware

NSF Innovation Corps

PCH Accelerator - hardware, run by international supply chain management company

Rock Health - Seed accelerator for digital health startups

Shopify Build-A-Business

TechStars - Boulder, Boston, NYC, Seattle - mostly web-based companies

Y Combinator - Bay Area




List of Books for Startups on Steve Blank's blog

r/startups thread


The Circuit Designer's Companion by Tim Williams

Cradle to Cradle by Michael Braungart

Designing Interactions by Bill Moggridge

Democratizing Innovation by Eric Von Hippel (free)

Discovery Driven Growth by Rita McGrath

Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini

The Innovator's Solution by Clayton Christensen

Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Peter Drucker

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

An Introduction to Practical Electronics, Microcontrollers and Software Design (free e-book)

Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff

Pitching Hacks by Venture Hacks

The Portable MBA in Entrepreneurship (& Case Studies) by William Bygrave and Andrew Zacharakis

Product Design and Development by Karl Ulrich and Steven Eppinger

Smart Customers, Stupid Companies: Why Only Intelligent Companies Will Thrive, and How To Be One of Them by Michael Hinshaw and Bruce Kasanoff

The Startup Owner's Manual: A Step By Step Guide for Building a Great Company by Steve Blank and Bob Dorf

Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators: From Idea to Execution by Vijay Govindarajan



Business Resources

BizBuilder SC

BizFilings.com Business Owner's Toolkit

Charleston Digital Corridor

Charleston Regional Development Alliance

Charleston Small Business Development Center

Fledgewing (Top 50 University Entrepreneurship Clubs)

Foundation for Enterprise Development

Kauffman Foundation - Entrepreneurship


SCORE - Find a Mentor

Small Business Charleston

South Carolina Business One Stop

U.S. Small Business Administration

Startup Genome




Educational Resources

Academic Earth

Coding resources

     8 Useful Resources to Learn How to Code Quickly



E Squared (Educational class search)



Engineering Motion


FCC Certification FAQS

HCD Connect - Human Centered Design by IDEO (PDF toolkit)

InTech - Open-access online book publisher

Intellectual Property

     Intellectual Property: The Practical and Legal Fundamentals

     Protecting Your Intellectual Property - University of Oklahoma

Khan Academy

MIT OCW, Fab Lab

Saylor Foundation

Solve For X - talks by Google's think tank

Proto Labs Educational Resources

Technology Entrepreneurship - Stanford class (Prof. Eesley's blog)

TED - Technology, Entertainment, Design talks




Entrepreneurial/Tech Blogs & Publications

Adafruit Blog

Alltop (Guy Kawasaki's aggregator)

Bryce.vc (Bryce Roberts, O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures)

Chipreport.tv - video blog that covers newly released chips

Control Engineering

For Entrepreneurs (David Skok, Matrix Partners)

Design News

Design World

Entrepreneur Magazine

EvD - solidsmack (design process), cadjunkie (design training) EngineerVsDesigner (design insight)



Hackers/Founders TV

Harvard Business Review

Inc Magazine

Jim Vileta's Business Research Launch Pad (University of Minnesota)

Karl Ulrich (wiki)

PracticeTrumpsTheory / LeanStack - Ash Maurya

Machine Design

Manufacturing Engineering


NewbieHack - mechatronics tutorials

no upside - (Renee DiResta, O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures)

Paul Graham - (Y Combinator)

PE Hub

Product Design & Development

Rita McGrath (Columbia University)

Roger Martin


Startup Lessons Learned (Eric Ries)

Steve Blank


MIT Technology Review


Tim Ferriss


Venture Beat

VentureBlog (David Hornik, August Capital)

Venture Hacks

Vijay Govindarajan

Vincius Vacanti



Forums, Wikis, and Communities

Adafruit forum

Arduino.cc forum




Engineer's Edge

Hackaday.ioHack-A-Day forum

Hacker News (Y Combinator)


Instructables - Share What You Make

Maker Faire - The World's most diverse showcase of creativity and innovation in technology, craft, science, fashion, art, food and more!

Physics Forums

Reddit - r/hwstartupsr/startupsr/entrepreneurr/askengineers

Sparkfun Forum

Stack Exchange - Q&A aggregator with a programming focus

     Ask Patents

Stanford Product Design Wiki

Quora - high quality Q&A site



Funding Resources

Angel Investors ($10K-250K+)


     Charleston Angel Partners

     Upstate Carolina Angel Network

     SouthEast Angel groups:

          Angel Capital Group - Charleston, SC (based in Kansas City, MO)

          Ariel Savannah Angel Partners - Savannah, GA

          Atlanta Technology Angels - Atlanta, GA

          Atlantis Group - Raleigh, NC

          Blue Angel Ventures, Inc - Morrisville, NC

          Blue Ridge Angel Investment Network (BRAIN) - Asheville, NC

          Charleston Angel Partners - Charleston, SC

          Charlotte Angel Partners - Charlotte, NC

          Columbia Angel Partners - Columbia, SC

          Emergent Growth Fund - Gainesville, FL

          Fund for Arkansas' Future - Little Rock, AR

          Inception Micro Angel Fund - Greensboro, NC

          Nashville Capital Network - Nashville, TN

          New World Angels - Boca Raton, FL

          Piedmont Angel Network - Greensboro, NC

          Springboard Capital - Jacksonville, FL

          Startup Florida - Sarasota, FL

          Triangle Accredited Capital Forum - Wake Forest, NC

          Tri-State Investors Group - Chapel Hill, NC

          WED3 (The Charlotte Area Angel Network) - Charlotte, NC

          Wilmington Investor Network - Wilmington, NC



     Proto Labs Cool Idea! Award

     X-Prize Foundation


     Christie Street

     CrowdRise (charity, events, & special projects)




     Rock The Post

Equity basics: vesting, cliffs, acceleration, and exits (article)

Founder's Pie Chart - tool to determine founder equity split

Funding Post

GoBig Network

Google.org - philanthropic arm of Google, offers investments and grants

Pitch Development

     How To Create An Early-Stage Pitch Deck For Investors - TechCrunch

     Best Pitch Deck Examples on SlideShare

The Transparent Term Sheet & What's in a Term Sheet? by Founders Fund

Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) - government open solicitations, $150k in first phase (6-9 months) and $850k (1.5-2 years) in second phase

     US Air Force

     Overview schedule of SBIR and STTR agencies

Venture Capital Firms ($2M - 50M+)

     VentureMaven - follow VCs on Twitter

     National Venture Capital Association

     Top 100 Venture Capital Firms     



Further Entrepreneurial Resource Lists

Charleston Entrepreneur Ecosystem

Entrepreneurship Education Resource

Harvard Business School - Entrepreneurship

Resources & Tools - Chuck Eesley

Resources - Celery crowdfunding app

NYU - Resources for Entrepreneurs

sbtdc - Online marketing resources & research tools

Steve Blank - Startup Tools

Start-up Tools - another PBWorks Wiki, mainly web-based tools for web-based companies

Startup Weekend - Resources

The Ultimate List of Legal Resources for Startups

Y Combinator - Startup Library - articles, books, blogs



Operational Resources

Authorize.net (payment gateway, requires shopping cart)

DAQ & Analysis software





Coroflot - hire designers

Clerky - The easiest way for startups to get legal paperwork done safely.


     Highrise by 37signals

     Zen Desk

Docstoc - professional, legal, and financial documents

Employment Law Information Network


     Expensify - expense reports

     Financial Projections Model (first 5 years)


Find-an-Expert Services


     GLG Research

Freelancer.com - hire a freelancer

GeniusRocket - crowd-sourced video production

Harvest - Timekeeping Software and App

IdeaConnection - crowd-sourced technology development, sourcing, IP monetization

IFTT - If This Than That - easy to use web automation service

IRS Small Business


     Legal Zoom - legal documents

     FindLaw Small Business

     RocketLawyer - create legal documents, have lawyers review them


     HootSuite - Social media management

     MailChimp - email newsletters and mailing lists

     PRLog.com - free press release distribution

MixPanel - web & mobile analytics (freemium)

NineSigma - open innovation, crowd-sourced solutions

Open Source Software

     Octave - Analysis / Visualization (like Matlab)

     GIMP - Graphics Program (like Photoshop)

Project Outline Template

Project Management


     Basecamp by 37signals

     PBWorks (more than just a wiki)

     Comidor : Enterprise Collaboration Platform for Project Management, CRM, Finance and Business Intelligence

Square - mobile CC payment system

ShipStation - shipping discounts, custom USPS labels, packing slips

Task Rabbit - Hire someone to run an errand or complete a task

TopCoder - crowd-sourced software development

Trade Show News Network - Top Trade Shows

ULINE - packaging materials (small MOQ & fast delivery)

UTest - crowd-sourced software testing

Web development

     Freedigitalphotos.net - free stock photos

     LaunchRock - Quick & easy launch page

     Simple Machines - free forum software

     Weebly - Quick & easy website builder

     Wix - Free website builder

     Dreamhost - Website hosting and domain registration

Upwork - find and hire freelancers from anywhere in the world



Research Resources

American Fact Finder

arXiv.org (Cornell)


Google Patents

Google Scholar

Harvard Business School - Baker Library

MIT Observatory of Economic Complexity - the world's leading visualization engine for international trade data

PLOS (Public Library of Science)


SBA Office of Economic Research

U.S. Commercial Service - Market Research Library



Supplier, Manufacturer & Prototyping Resources

3D Printing

     Fictiv - 3D printed parts in 24 hours and CNC machined parts in 3 days + digital DFM feedback tools

     123d - Software, content, and fabrication from Autodesk

     3D Systems - 3D printers and 3D printing, based in Rock Hill, SC -

     Engitype, LLC - 3D Systems Rep for NW.  Will print parts at a low cost. They also do engineering visualizations (videos).

     ExOne - sand, metal, glass 3D printing

     Shapeways - 3D printing, including metals and ceramics

80/20 Inc - The Industrial Erector Set

Amazon Supply

American Science & Surplus

Big Blue Saw - waterjetting services

Carr Lane - component parts of jigs and fixtures

Design2Parts - Design & contract manufacturing trade shows across the US


Electronic Parts

     Adafruit - electronics for hackers

     Allied Electronics (RS Components)





     Monoprice - cheap wiring and electronics accessories


     Parts-express.com - great for DIY audio 

     Seeed Studio - Shenzhen-based "open hardware facilitation" electronics company


     Sparkfun - electronics for hackers/makers

     Tindie - buy & sell electronics for hackers/makers

Electronic Board Fabrication

     Vinatronic - Domestic PCB and PCB Assembly Shop

     Advanced Circuits - they have free PCB layout/routing software on their website, they also do board assembly

     Bittele Electronics - turnkey solutions with quick turn time.

     ExpressPCB - free PCB layout software, low cost boards

     San Francisco Circuits - For more advanced circuit boards for larger projects - bare and assembled; Also offers a hobbyist PCB Special (2 lyr, max 60 in2 Qty: 3 .062", $199) & (4 lyr, max 32 in2 .062", Qty: 3 $319); Made in USA & shipping included

     South Coast

     Reviews of PCB houses from 3rd parties: Hackaday: Finding Cheapest Boardhouse * Near Future Laboratory: PCB Fab House Review * Build Electronic Circuits: Review of cheap PCB prototype shops

International sourcing


     Global sources


Essentra (formerly Reid Supply) - industrial supply

Freeman Manufacturing & Supply - mold making, tool making, foundry work

KellySearch - B2B Supplier search


Micron Motioneering - planetary gearhead sizing tool

Misumi - machine components, semi custom parts, materials, and mechanisms (linear slides, etc.)

MSC Direct - industrial supply

PIC Design - precicion mechanical components


     Protomold - injection molding and rapid prototyping

Ponoko - download your products from the internet and make them locally

Rapid Prototyping

     Cubify (3D Systems)

     Firstcut - CNC machining 

     Quick Parts

     Star Prototype - endorsed by Haxlr8r

RushGears - Custom gears and online CAD gear generator

Stream Unlimited - embedded software, hardware development, wireless

Scientific/Lab equipment

     Edmunds Scientifics

     Fisher Scientific


SDP/SI - Precision mechanical components

Surplus Center

ThomasNet - Supplier Discovery and Product Sourcing


Uline - shipping supplies

Vistatek - rapid prototyping, rapid tooling, and injection molding (formerly CloudFab)

Who-sells-it.com - catalog product search

WM Berg - Precision mechanical components


Technical Resources

Application Development

     Apple Developer Library (99.00/yr membership to download s/w - must have an newer Apple computer - app must be approved by Apple)

          iOS Human Interface Guidelines - Apple App guidelines

          Start Developing iOS Apps Today - Walks you through all requirements and includes tutorial to build first app

     App Design Strategies - design principals for a "good" app

DC motor tutorials (Micromo)

efunda - The Ultimate Online Reference for Engineers

     Arduino - open source Wiring platform/microcontroller (forum)

     CircuitLab - Browser-based circuit design & testing

     Electric Imp - easy WiFi integration

     Raspberry Pi - $25 ARM GNU/Linux board (forum)

Engineer's Edge

Engineering Toolbox

Free CAD Models

     Yobi3D - 3D model search engine


     Cubify (3D printing)


     Thingiverse (3D printing)


Gowelding.com - welding calculations

IDES - plastics data sheets & UL yellow cards

Institutes, Societies, Publishers

     Acoustical Society of America

     American Geophysical Union

     American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

     American Institute of Physics

     American Society of Mechanical Engineers

     AVS Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces and Processing

     Association for Facilities Engineering

     Audio Engineering Society

     Consumer Electronics Association

     The Electrochemical Society

     The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

     Institute of Physics Publishing

     International Union of Crystallography

     Optical Society of America

     Professional Engineering Publishing

     Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

     SPIE Optics and Photonics

     The Society for Information Display

KiCad - Open Source EDA Software

Kinematic Models for Design (Cornell)

Lagoa - cloud-based photorealistic rendering 

MakeItFrom - material properties databsse

Make Lab Charleston - Charleston's local Hacker Space

MakerBot / Thingiverse

Matweb - online materials information resource

Metal working reference charts

     Drill & Tap Chart


     Metals stock list (Ryerson)

     PEM - PennEngineering

     Pipe Schedules

     Sheet Metal Thickness/Gauge Chart

     Weld Joint and Weld Types

Octoparts Common Parts Library

Open Source Hardware

     BuildLog.net - CNC laser cutter

     CNCZone - open source CNC machine forum

     Lasersaur - CNC laser cutter

Open Source Software


Plastics Wiki

Protomold's YouTube channel - plastic injection molding design


SmartDraw - Mechanical/electrical schematic software ($197)

System Engineering “Toolbox” forDesign-Oriented Engineers

ThisToThat - find the right glue for any two materials

TradePub.com - free trade magazines & technical papers

WolframAlpha - Computational Knowledge Engine




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