UCAN would like to thank the following Sponsors, Partners and Affiliates. For more information, please contact us.

Angel Partners:

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Clemson University College of Business & Behavioral Science

Clemson, SC & Greenville, SC

From the classroom to the community, the College of Business and Behavioral Science develops bold leaders who will positively and responsibly impact society. Through high levels of interaction and collaboration between students, faculty, business and industry, non-profit centers, and civic and governmental agencies, the college nurtures individual development, bolsters entrepreneurial thinking, spurs social and economic prosperity, provides customized professional education, and sparks a lifelong desire for learning.


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Greenville, SC

NEXT, an economic development arm of the Greenville Chamber, was launched to attract and grow high-impact technology companies in the upstate region of South Carolina.  The theory was simple: increase the number of these companies with national and international markets that were paying an average annual salary of $75,000 to full-time employees, and in time, the per capita income of the region would increase. NEXT attracts and grows high impact, technology companies by developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem needed by these companies, and by connecting companies to this ecosystem.

Gold Sponsors:

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U.S. Trust

Greenville, SC

Since 1853, U.S. Trust has been committed to listening, building long-term relationships, and helping individuals and their families realize the opportunities they create for themselves, their children, businesses, communities and future generations. When you work with U.S. Trust, you benefit from a long history of serving many types of clients, from families managing wealth across multiple generations to business owners, entrepreneurs and other creators of first-generation wealth. They can advise you and help create and implement highly personalized strategies regarding credit and banking, investment management, and wealth structuring.

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RealOp Investments

Greenville, SC RealOp Investments is an alternative investment firm based in Greenville, SC. The firm specializes in identifying superior commercial real estate investments for investors with a focus on creating and sustaining wealth through these select alternative investments.  Its management team has a combined 85 years of experience and has participated in over $2 billion of real estate transactions.  RealOp Investments also has a distinct competitive advantage through its direct ownership in Avison Young and Southeastern Real Estate Management. Avison Young, with its global network, has the ability to provide RealOp with direct access to off-market, investment-grade opportunities and Southeastern Real Estate Management facilitates the management of an investment across its entire life-cycle.

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Elliott Davis, LLC

Greenville, SC One of the largest accounting, tax and consulting services firms in the Southeast, Elliott Davis was founded in 1925 and is deeply rooted in the history and economies of the region. With a mission of providing clients with smart solutions and their people with rewarding opportunities, they serve as trusted advisors to businesses, organizations and individuals. Professionals have diverse backgrounds – many are former CFOs, controllers or Big Four accountants who bring extensive knowledge, deep experience and critical insights to clients across a wide-range of industries.

Silver Sponsors:

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Nelson Mullins

Greenville, SC

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP offers the strength and resources of attorneys and professional staff experienced in a range of services. Our attorneys provide advice and counsel in litigation, corporate, economic development, securities, finance, intellectual property, government relations, regulatory, and other needs of clients ranging from private individuals to large businesses, including many publicly held companies.


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Palmetto Bank

Greenville, SC

Age isn’t everything, but it speaks volumes about a bank today. We’ve been serving clients of Upstate South Carolina since 1906. So while other banks come and go, we continue providing our clients what they want: convenient, friendly service with innovative financial solutions. We’ve done it this way for over a century and intend to keep growing and changing with the Upstate. The Palmetto Bank is the third largest independent community bank headquartered in South Carolina, with 25 branch locations in 9 counties of the Upstate.

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Ogeltree Deakins

Greenville, SC

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. was founded in 1977 by eight partners and eight associates, several of whom had practiced together since 1966. The first Ogletree Deakins offices to open were in Greenville, South Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia in 1977. Since then, the firm has grown substantially. Now, with more than 650 attorneys in more than 40 offices, the firm provides full-service labor and employment law representation for employers throughout the country.

 Wyche - ucan


Greenville, SC

Every Wyche lawyer could have practiced anywhere in the country. But we came together at Wyche to be part of an extraordinary firm, in a wonderful place. Each of us is proud to be part of an accomplished group of attorneys, committed to providing clients unmatched service, and to serving our community and the State of South Carolina.  Wyche was built for clients who deserve more than an ordinary law firm. We maximize client satisfaction, not the billable hour.  Wyche: World-Class Lawyers. Deep Local Roots.

In-Kind Partners:

Merge Web Excellence

Greenville, SC

Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Greenville, SC, Merge is a web interactive agency specializing in a comprehensive, consultative approach to designing strategic web solutions. The firm provides ebusiness consulting, custom programming and ecommerce development, and has established itself as one of the leading web firms in the Southeast.

Greenville Chamber of Commerce

Greenville, SC

The Greenville Chamber has a commitment to be Greater Greenville’s unifying institution of collaboration, by connecting members and strategic partners to build a globally recognized business community.

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