The CarolinaCard is your official University ID card. It is not transferable (to another person) and must be returned upon request.
Your first student/faculty/staff CarolinaCard (your permanent ID card) is issued at no cost. (One additional ID card will be provided free of charge in instances where an original social security number has been issued subsequent to originally issued ID card.)
To verify your identity, you must provide one of the following at the time your card is made:
In order to obtain a Carolina card and Blatt PE card, you must first have a letter certifying your affiliation with the USC/Columbia Technology Incubator (Call 803-545-4423 or contact us to obtain your letter).
Located on Wheat Street, the Blatt PE Center is available to all USC students, faculty, staff with a valid USC-Columbia ID Card.
Blatt Cards are to be picked up at the Blatt PE Center 4 days after your request has been submitted here.
The Incubator offers mentoring services by its staff, members and by entrepreneurs in residence. All Incubator companies are required to meet the director at least monthly for company progress reviews.
Mentoring services are provided in several areas including: Strategic planning, assessment in marketing, PR, and a host of other areas
Performance management: Employee assessment, team building, coaching
Performance review and elevator pitch preparation under supervision of potential investors (Angel or VC)
Education, networking and advisory services: Business knowledge and experience through the Moore School of Business faculty and staff
Access to numerous service providers (Attorneys, Accountants, Consultants…) – List available on demand.
Access to the Incubator companies network to share ideas and exchange best practices
Contacts and mentors with the City of Columbia, Richland County and Lexington County
Chamber of Commerce membership: preferred rates for Incubator companies.
Access to the City of Columbia, Richland County, Lexington County
Access to MBA students
Access to grant writing workshops
Access to the following internal services:
Access to business knowledge and experience through the Moore School of Business faculty and Staff
Access to free marketing and management studies: if selected, your company will be partnered with a group of 2 to 4 students who will look over and study possible solutions to help you improve your business. For incubator businesses to be part of this project: the applications need to be at the beginning of each semester (November/December and July/August). Once the applications are submitted, the companies will go through a selection: the students choose the projects that they are interested in.
Access to PR and Promotion teams through the Carolina Agency: The Carolina Agency team works on a semester basis. They provide Public Relations and advertising solutions to incubator companies (logo design, brochures, website…). This service is available upon request, and the companies are selected by the Carolina Agency Coordinator, Jeffrey Ranta. The projects will be worked on throughout the semester (Do not forget that the students working for you take other classes and have many other assignments).