2021 Innovision Awards Celebration joins Global Entrepreneurship Week Lineup

Mark your calendars for November 9th, when Innovision Awards will be celebrating the power of innovation in South Carolina with their 2021 InnoVision Awards Celebration. You can Register Here for the online event.

In addition to showcasing each of the finalists and announcing the winners in the categories below, they will honor the recipient of the Dr. Charles Townes Individual Achievement Award and recognize the 2021 Ibrahim Janajreh Young Innovator program and students.

Click on the award categories below to view the finalists presentations from the Meet the Finalists Webinar Series, sponsored by the South Carolina Research Authority, earlier this month.

Technology Integration – sponsored by DartPoints
Diversey Holdings Ltd. (Fort Mill)
PunchList USA (Charleston)
QuicksortRx Inc (Charleston) 

Sustainability – sponsored by Milliken & Company
Clemson Composites Center (Greenville)
Ingevity (North Charleston)
GeoMat, LLC (Columbia)

Small Enterprise
Aconabolics LLC (Greenville)
Dru Feeding System LLC (Travelers Rest)
Veterans ASCEND (Simpsonville) 

Education – sponsored by TTI Consumer Power Tools, Inc.
Early College High School, Charleston County School District (Charleston)
IT-oLogy (Columbia)
SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities (Greenville)


Technology Development – sponsored by Vikor Scientific
ArchCath LLC (Awendaw)
Elastrin Therapeutics Inc. (Simpsonville)
FRD Accel, LLC (Charleston) 

Community Service
Advoco: Connect for Good GVL (Greenville)
Camp Happy Days (Charleston)
United Way of the Piedmont (Spartanburg)



DIG SOUTH Announces Partnership with College of Charleston to host 10th Annual DIG SOUTH Tech Summit

The Summit to include tech founders, investors, entrepreneurs and executives from leading global brands and the South’s most scalable startups

Charleston, S.C. – October 26, 2021 – DIG SOUTH Tech Summit, the South’s first and foremost event connecting leading global brands to the South’s most scalable startups, today announced a partnership with the College of Charleston to host the 10-year anniversary of the Summit, May 11-13, 2022, at the College of Charleston’s TD Arena, the place where DIG SOUTH first launched the event in 2013.

“The College of Charleston is excited to partner with DIG SOUTH again and to serve for the next five years as the physical home of their annual tech summit, which brings to Charleston many of the country’s top minds related to technology, business and innovation,” said College of Charleston President Andrew T. Hsu. “The team at DIG SOUTH, led by CEO and Founder Stanfield Gray and CFO Sunny Gray, has done a remarkable job of building and expanding ‘Dig Nation’ over the past decade in order to assist and support businesses in their networking, marketing and talent acquisition needs.”

Each year, DIG SOUTH invites the South’s top executives, entrepreneurs, startups and leading global brands to convene in Charleston for three exciting days of inspiration, networking, fundraising and strategic know-how. The 2022 theme for DIG SOUTH Tech Summit is “Resilience.” Attendees will learn strategies to make their companies and themselves more resilient in disruptive times. DIG SOUTH Tech Summit delivers the best contacts, content and capital opportunities in the South.

Scheduled for May 11-13 at the College of Charleston’s TD Arena and other select venues on the Charleston peninsula, the Summit will feature sessions on topics including fintech, blockchain, crypto, digital marketing and adtech, console and mobile gaming, AI, VR, AR, IoT, business development, venture capital and fundraising, healthtech, transportation, storytelling and more.

“We’re honored to bring DIG SOUTH Tech Summit back to the College of Charleston, hosting some of the nation’s top tech executives, founders, investors and ecosystem leaders on campus and directly connecting them to the College’s students, faculty and staff,” said DIG SOUTH CEO & Founder Stanfield Gray.


DIG SOUTH Tech Summit Badges

DIG SOUTH Tech Summit badges are complimentary with the purchase of an annual membership to DIG NATION: The South’s Tech Tribe, found at dignation.co, or can be purchased separately at digsouthtechsummit.com.


DIG SOUTH Wild Pitch Application

The call for startups to join DIG SOUTH Wild Pitch, held on the last day of the Summit, May 13, 2022, is now open. Billed as “The South’s Capitol of Capital,” Wild Pitch features early- and growth-stage companies. Startups can apply for selection to DIG SOUTH Wild Pitch at digsouthtechsummit.com.


DIG SOUTH Tech Summit Speaker Lineup

Past speakers have included VaynerMedia CEO and internet personality Gary Vaynerchuk, Roadie CEO and founder Marc Gorlin, Casper Co-founder and CEO Phiip Krim, Jet.com President Liza Landsman, Essentialism author and podcaster Greg McKeown, and tech leaders from IBM, Twitter, Blackbaud, BoomTown, Revolution Ventures, Benefitfocus, Oracle, Dolby.io, Sharp and hundreds of others over the last nine years. The lineup for 2022 will be announced in January of 2022.


“I believe there is an enormous opportunity for some of the biggest brands in the world, biggest companies in the world at DIG SOUTH,” said Gary Vaynerchuk, best-selling author, marketing expert and CEO of VaynerMedia.

“DIG SOUTH is a fantastic meeting ground for entrepreneurs and investors,” said Bobby Ocampo, managing partner at Blueprint Equity. “This event is a must for anyone involved in the technology scene in the Southeast.”

“DIG SOUTH connects many of the nation’s leading experts in digital technology, marketing and business to the South’s smartest startups,” said DIG SOUTH co-founder Sunny Gray. “From global brands like Oracle, Forbes, Under Armour and VF Corporation to regional industry leaders like Benefitfocus, Blackbaud, Terminus and Smashing Boxes, DIG SOUTH welcomes the best of the best.”



Now in its 10th year, DIG SOUTH Tech Summit is the only event purpose-built to grow the South’s digital economy. The Summit invites the region’s top executives, founders, entrepreneurs and leading global brands to convene in Charleston for three exciting days of inspiration, networking, fundraising and strategic know-how. The 2022 Summit theme is “Resilience.” Attendees will hear the story of emerging tech, rapid business growth, digital marketing and more from people succeeding in the game right now.



Produced by DIG SOUTH Tech Media, over the last nine years, DIG SOUTH Tech Summit has welcomed more than 12000 attendees and 1000 speakers from the world’s leading brands, including Oracle, VaynerMedia, Salesforce, Hubspot, Buzzfeed, Casper, Jet.com, Google, Instagram, IBM, Boeing, Centro, Twitter, The New York Times, Facebook, Adobe, Kickstarter, Fast Company, Coca-Cola, Instagram and hundreds more. DIG SOUTH focuses on connecting those brands to the South’s most scalable tech and tech-enabled companies.


Emerging Tech dives into the latest software and hardware innovations related to SaaS, Apps, CRM, CMS, AI, AR, VR, MR, IoT, Robotics, Machine Learning, Cybersecurity, Wearables, Video, IP, Mobile, Transportation, Energy, Product Development and more.


Digital Marketing delves into all things driving MarTech and Sales, including Multi-Channel Demand Generation, Digital Advertising, Social Media, SEO, Customer Experience, Data-Driven Approaches, Account-Based Marketing, Inbound, Content, Viral Video, Design and more.


Business Growth explores Business Development, Go-to-Market Strategies, Growth Hacking, Recruitment, Accelerators, Incubators, Diversity, Office Culture, Startup Ecosystems, M&A, Exit Strategies and all things related to scaling companies.


FinTech-Blockchain-Investment focuses on innovations in Fintech software, Funding vehicles such as Angels, VCs, Family Funds and Crowdfunding, plus the underpinning architecture and rapidly evolving applications for Blockchain including Bitcoin, Hyperledger, Smart Contracts, Cybersecurity, FinTech, ICOs, Tokenized Securities, Cryptocurrency, Healthcare, Government, Gaming, Utility Tokens and more.


Learn More: Register at digsouthtechsummit.com or email info@digsouth.com for details. Find us on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/digsouth, Twitter: @DIG_SOUTH, Facebook: facebook.com/DigSouth and Instagram: @DIGSOUTH.
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Accenture Acquires Advoco, Scaling Capabilities for Intelligent Asset Management Solutions

Accenture has acquired Advoco, one of the largest systems integrators for Infor EAM, to scale its capabilities for intelligent asset management solutions (Graphic: Business Wire)

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has acquired Advoco, one of the largest systems integrators for Infor EAM, a leading software-as-a-service suite for enterprise asset management (EAM). The acquisition expands Accenture’s capabilities to help clients in the consumer goods & services, industrial, life sciences, transit and other industries make their operations and supply chains safer, more sustainable, productive and cost-efficient. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

“Advoco is highly respected for its talent, expertise and training program in this space. Together, we will bring Infor EAM capabilities to clients at scale to take advantage of a growing market opportunity.”

Advoco’s mission is to form trusted advisor partnerships with clients across industries. It specializes in configuring and integrating Infor EAM software with companies’ existing enterprise and operational systems, and EAM training programs. The solutions and services Advoco provides are designed to help clients enhance the reliability and extend the overall lifecycle of their critical assets.

Founded in 2002, Advoco has been repeatedly named Infor EAM Partner of the Year. Most of its over 100 asset management professionals are based in Greenville, SC, close to the Infor EAM product development team. Accenture plans to establish Advoco’s Greenville office as a center of excellence for Infor EAM delivery, industry use cases and intelligent asset management.

The entire Advoco team joins Accenture’s Industry X group in the United States, strengthening its suite of services for digitizing clients’ engineering and maintenance functions, factory floors and plant operations.

“Many of our clients are looking to leverage Infor EAM when embedding more intelligence in their asset management to drive the performance of their most critical assets,” said Nigel Stacey, global lead for Accenture Industry X. “Advoco is highly respected for its talent, expertise and training program in this space. Together, we will bring Infor EAM capabilities to clients at scale to take advantage of a growing market opportunity.”

Marty Osborn, partner at Advoco, said: “Becoming part of the Accenture Industry X family is an incredible opportunity for our clients and our employees. Accenture’s capabilities and expertise enable us to bring more cutting-edge, innovative work to our clients and grow as a team and as individuals. We’re excited to deliver outstanding expertise in the design, consultation and implementation of Infor EAM to even more companies and markets.”

Advoco is the latest in a series of 24 acquisitions Accenture has made since 2017 to build its Industry X capabilities. Recently completed acquisitions include international engineering consulting and services firm umlaut, operations technology provider Electro 80 (Australia), industrial robotics and automation services provider Pollux (Brazil), operations consultancy Myrtle (US) and technology consultancy SALT Solutions (Germany).

About Accenture

Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services — all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 624,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

Accenture Industry X embeds intelligence in how clients run factories and plants, as well as design and engineer connected products and services—making manufacturing and operations more efficient, effective and safe; enabling companies to transform how they make things, and the things they make, for sustainable growth.

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Innovision Awards Announces 2021 Finalists, Meet the Finalists Sessions Hosted Virtually

2021 InnoVision Awards:  9 of 18 finalists are from the Upstate

When the weather begins to turn cooler, many South Carolinians think about football, leaf color, and pumpkin spice.  But, for many of us, fall is all about celebrating innovation in South Carolina!

InnoVision Awards has been recognizing and supporting innovation in South Carolina through awards, forums, and networking since 1999.  Each spring and early summer, we accept nominations and applications from innovative organizations.  We then send the applications off to out-of-state independent judges.  Now, as fall is arriving, we are ready to showcase the finalists with our free virtual Meet the Finalist (MTF) Series held Tuesdays at 4:00 on September 28th, October 5th, and October 12th.

The finalists this year are big corporations, small start-ups, educational institutions and not-for-profit organizations.  They represent a diverse range of industries – from health care and medical devices to advanced materials, IT services, education,  and community service.  And, they are located throughout the state, with finalists from the Upstate, Midlands, and Low Country.  A true testament to the strength of the SC Innovation Economy.

Nine of the 18 finalists are from the Upstate and are profiled below, with links to their specific MTF virtual receptions.  The full list of finalists from across the state is attached at the end.

Join us at the Meet the Finalists receptions as we recognize and celebrate these innovators!

  • Elastrin Therapeutics, Inc. of Simpsonville is a finalist in the Technology Development Award category. Elastrin Therapeutics, a Clemson University spin-off, is a South Carolina-based biotech firm developing novel therapies to reverse cardiovascular disease.
  • Advoco: Connect for Good GVL of Greenville is a finalist in the Community Service Building on its software development and implementation business, Advoco launched a non-profit program to serve the community during the difficulties of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • United Way of the Piedmont, located in Spartanburg, is a finalist in the Community Service Their Community Resource Coordinator (CRC) program has developed innovative service processes for long-term case management clients and crisis response.


To learn more about the nominated innovations from Elastrin Therapeutics, Advoco, and United Way of the Piedmont – and the other finalists in these two categories – join  us for the September 28th virtual Meet the Finalist reception by registering here


  • Aconabolics, LLC of Greenville is a finalist in the Small Enterprise Aconabolics, a Furman University spin-off, specializes in the development and synthesis of labeled metabolites for use in the rapid diagnosis of genetic and infectious disease.
  • Dru Feeding System LLC of Travelers Rest is a finalist in the Small Enterprise The Dru Feeding System is designed to solve myriad problems for babies feeding by bottle, particularly preemies and medically fragile infants.
  • Veterans ASCEND of Simpsonville is a finalist in the Small Enterprise Veterans ASCEND developed a proprietary, Artificial Intelligence-powered matching algorithm that translates the careers of military veterans and their spouses to meaningful skills required by employers.
  • SC Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities (SCGSAH) of Greenville is a finalist in the Education The SCGSAH serves artistically talented high school students from across South Carolina through programs of pre-professional instruction in an environment of academic and artistic excellence.


To learn more about the nominated innovations from Aconabolics, Dru Feeding Systems, Veterans ASCEND, and the SC Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities – and the other finalists in these two categories – join us for the October 5th virtual Meet the Finalist reception by registering here.


  • Clemson University’s Clemson Composites Center in Greenville is a finalist in the Sustainability The Clemson Composites Center is a translational research, innovation, and development center focused on developing manufacturing innovations relevant for composites technologies.


To learn more about the nominated innovations from Clemson Composite Center – and the other finalists in this award category – join us for the September 28th virtual Meet the Finalist reception by registering here.


The full list of 2021 InnoVision Award finalists.

Technology Development

  • ArchCath LLC (Awendaw)
  • Elastrin Therapeutics Inc. (Simpsonville)
  • FRD Accel, LLC (Charleston)

Community Service

  • Advoco: Connect for Good GVL (Greenville)
  • Camp Happy Days (Charleston)
  • United Way of the Piedmont (Spartanburg)

Small Enterprise

  • Aconabolics, LLC (Greenville)
  • Dru Feeding System,LLC (Travelers Rest)
  • Veterans ASCEND (Simpsonville)


  • Early College High School, Charleston County School District (Charleston)
  • IT-oLogy (Columbia)
  • SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities (Greenville)

Technology Integration

  • Diversey Holdings Ltd. (Ft. Mill)
  • PunchList USA (Charleston)
  • QuicksortRx Inc (Charleston)


  • Clemson University Composites Center (Greenville)
  • Ingevity (North Charleston)
  • GeoMat, LLC (Columbia)
About Innovision Awards

InnoVision Awards, established in 1999, is South Carolina’s premier organization dedicated to the advancement of innovation and technology.  InnoVision is the only organization of its kind – a grass-roots, volunteer-led non-profit made up of businesses, organizations, universities, and individuals dedicated to recognizing innovation in South Carolina.  InnoVision honors innovation in products, services, and education from across the state, and recognize innovators for achievements in their respective fields.  An InnoVision Award is the mark of distinction for outstanding leadership, innovation, and technological excellence.  For more information, please visit www.innovisionawards.org.