ED/I  SCRA Technology Ventures


     Office Locations:

1000 Catawba Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-799-4070

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  • Early
  • Seed



  • Information Technology



    The SC Legislature created SCRA in 1983 to help develop technology-based industries in the state. Throughout the past 30 years, SCRA has grown into a self-sustaining company with a mission to support technology and job creation, generating its own revenues and receiving no tax appropriations from the state. Through the Technology Ventures sector and its flagship SC Launch program, early stage, start-up businesses grow through investment and support; technologies are commercialized and inventions make it to the marketplace more quickly. The Applied R&D sector competitively wins and delivers R&D programs to federal and corporate clients, solving problems in a wide range of industries including: shipbuilding, aerospace, advanced materials, ordnance, manufacturing, defense and security. Ideas become reality at three Innovation Centers. Located in Charleston, Columbia and Anderson and managed by the group's R&D Facilities sector, these facilities provide incubator space to 14 companies, many of which are university spin-offs. Several later stage companies also reside in the Innovation Centers offering opportunities for mentorship and resource sharing. SCRA has expended over $59 million in funding and infrastructure to support over 280 high-tech, early-stage enterprises, directly investing over $21.6 million in South Carolina start-ups, who have subsequently attracted over $362.7 million in private investment. SCRA currently manages over 100 national and international programs, worth over $4.8 billion in contract value.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Ambrose Schwallie Executive VP, Corporate Development
    Chris Van Metre President, SCRA Applied R & D
    Marvin Davis President, SCRA Applied R&D


    Portfolio companies include:

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      Bridge to Life
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      Charleston Laboratories
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      CreatiVasc Medical
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      FirstString Research
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      Heat Works
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      Ion Surgical Technologies
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