Learn About the InnoVision Awards Program

Online Forum

On June 14th, members of the InnoVision Awards Board and past winners hosted a Forum on the purpose, process and value of an InnoVision Award. We dove into why and how we celebrate South Carolina’s Innovators, and heard directly from our past winners about their experiences & benefits of winning their awards. There was also time to ask questions from the Submissions & Judging Committee about how to hone your own submission.

InnoVision Forum Series

Collaborating to Innovate – Part I

Prospecting for Opportunities


The forum on April 27th was the first of a three-part series focused on the role of collaboration in achieving higher levels of innovation. Panelists included Jim Wasson, President of Growth Strategies International and Jeff DiMaio, CEO of Tetramer.

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Collaborating to Innovate – Part II

Resources and Tactics For Identifying Strategic Partners


During our forum on May 25, Susie Shannon of the SC Council on Competitiveness and Andy Carr of the SC Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP) shared success stories of how their organizations have helped identify and launch collaborative partnerships among innovative companies all over the State. These stories  illuminated resources and tactics that will be useful to any company seeking a strategic collaboration partner.

Collaborating to Innovate – Part III

Making Your Collaboration Work


On June 22nd, our two panelists are Hunter Freeman, patent attorney with Burr Forman, and Paul Asper, Chief Commercialization Officer for the Zucker Institute for Applied Neuroscience at the Medical University of South Carolina addressed the real stories about collaboration agreements, governance matters, legal issues, and best practices in managing relationships.

Our First 2021 InnoVision Forum was on March 23

Artificial Intelligence – from Abstract to Application

AI (Artificial Intelligence) is again a popular buzzcronym in our technical vocabulary.  We learned (1) what is the state of AI in today’s technological environment and (2) how AI is used effectively in an application at Snap-on Tools developed by an Upstate SC company. 

Sponsored by SC Upstate Alliance