An eclectic mixture of sophistication and the nitty-gritty, South Carolina is packed to the brim with innovative thinkers and creative entrepreneurs who are finding new opportunities to serve their communities and make lives easier and better.
Though some are based in Charleston, many of South Carolina’s tech startups have a national and even global reach—here are 13 up-and-comers to watch for in 2016.
Described as “the Carfax for homes,” HomeTrackr consolidates information from local government departments and offices—including permits, property damage, and contact information for previously hired contractors—to allow prospective homebuyers to get a thorough look at potential investments. The service currently covers about 85% of American homes and does not charge if a report cannot be produced due to lack of data.
DNSFilter’s cloud app provides content filtering and cyber threat protection deployable in under 5 minutes. Its solution is being used by The Salvation Army, the City of Peoria, Kindercare, and other prominent brands.
Pathwright provides educators and creators with the tools to put together their own virtual education system. The website also serves as a platform for training employees and sharing expert information with communities. Notable features include streamlined curriculum builders, progress tracking, and subscription options for students.
TripHelp was designed to make traveling easier and cheaper: the app locates the cheapest and most effective mode of transportation, breaks and food stops, as well as highly-rated side features along the way like special events, restaurants/hotels, and more. Friends and followers can track your journeys and sharing reviews with fellow travelers.
MoonClerk makes setting up payments for businesses simpler, without coding. No contract is required and options are customizable and nearly unlimited.
Eatabit’s advanced ordering system for restaurants can process text orders from customers as well as respond to follow-up questions (e.g., how much longer until my food is here?). Orders are sent directly to the restaurant’s in-house cellular printer, specially made for this purpose.
Relocality is a matchmaking website for people wishing to relocate to a new neighborhood. The platform analyzes a user’s Facebook profile for relevant details and asks the user to—as necessary—reorder a list of priorities (e.g., housing cost, diversity, creative capital, and nightlife) to narrow down the top three ideal. The service is currently in alpha mode and covers the New York City area, with Amsterdam forthcoming.
Crowdr is a live crowdfunding platform that allows users to raise money during a live stream. The solution enables live audience interaction powered by Google Hangouts.
Good Done Great’s website and iOS/Android app that helps donors keep their contributions organized and updated. The offering also features tools for helping charities build and maintain relationships with givers.
Questis helps employees better understand the financials related to their employment and offers assistance with any finance-related issues. The solution offers a combination of certified planners and next generation software to help employees.
Ractiv’s Touch+ is a small bar that can attach to any surface to make it multi-touch, relaying back signals to the computer. The device can substitute for a SmartBoard, mouse, or keyboard, and includes beta functions like depth mapping, among others.
inKind is a unique crowdfunding platform for charities and their projects—organizations can create project pages that allow givers to donate money or fulfill specific needs (e.g., providing tools and supplies).
ThoroughCare is focused on developing an easier and more compassionate approach to healthcare assessments. Its software platform provides tools to manage preventive programs like Chronic Care Management (CCM) and Annual Wellness Visits (AWV) more effectively.
From innovative crowdfunding platforms to matchmaking for relocation, these 13 tech startups from South Carolina are putting a new spin on the best cloud and mobile offerings—be sure to keep them on your radar in 2016 and beyond.