SCRA announces new Member Company and grant funding

April 2, 2024

Katalyst Corporation was accepted as a South Carolina Research Authority Member Company. FireGator, Lumiq, Notey, Ortho-Dx, and SkilRedi received new grant funding.

All SCRA Member Companies receive coaching and access to SCRA’s Startup Resources, can apply for grant funding, and have the potential to be considered for investment from SCRA’s investment affiliate, SC Launch Inc.

FireGator LLC received a $50,000 Acceleration Grant. The Greenwood-based startup specializes in automatic fire suppression systems for buses, motor coaches, farm equipment, construction equipment, and heavy machinery. They protect the engine compartments and battery storage areas from brake or wheel hub fires and in-cabin fires.

Katalyst Corporation LLC has been accepted as an SCRA Member Company. The Greenville-based information technology startup is a software-as-a-service platform that provides comprehensive services to at-risk populations. The solution produces one centralized platform for greater accountability across multiple service sectors, data that provides real-time insights into impact of services, blockchain to ensure data protection, and AI to give program managers insight to guide better decisions and policies.

Lumiq Inc. received a $25,000 Project Development Fund Grant. The Charleston-based information technology startup’s product, LightMap™️, displays and uses colored lights to project real-time information about the world around you within beautifully printed artwork, including airport weather, city traffic, boating conditions, and more.

Notey Inc. received a $25,000 Project Development Fund Grant. The Cayce-based information technology startup has built the first-ever AI-enabled, fully gamified music lesson app. Notey partners with music teachers and students to add excitement to practice sessions and can work with music teachers and schools to integrate existing curricula into the game.

Ortho-Dx Inc. received a $50,000 Acceleration Grant. The Hilton Head Island-based life sciences company has developed a wireless sensor system to monitor the stability of surgically placed orthopedic implants utilizing near-field inductive technology.

SkilRedi Corporation received a $25,000 Academic Startup Grant. The Clemson University-incubated information technology startup provides comprehensive training programs that enable individuals to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to pursue careers in advanced technologies. SkilRedi’s learning management system utilizes virtual and augmented reality and digital twin interfaces to train technicians and elevate workforce skills.

SCRA welcomes this new Member Company and congratulates those that received funding.

Grant funding is made possible, in part, by SCRA’s tax credit program, the Industry Partnership Fund, and its contributions that fuel the state’s innovation economy. Contributors to the IPF receive a dollar-for-dollar state tax credit, making it an easy and effective way to help one of the fastest-growing segments of the South Carolina economy. Grant funding for Member Companies creates a direct, positive economic effect and job creation.

About SCRA

Chartered in 1983 by the State of South Carolina as a public, nonprofit corporation, South Carolina Research Authority fuels the state’s innovation economy through the impact of its comprehensive services to technology-based startups, academia, and industry. SCRA provides funding and support to accelerate the growth of academic startups; high-quality lab and administrative workspaces; facilitation and funding for partnerships between and among industry, startups, and academic institutions; assistance and funding for the relocation of technology-based companies to South Carolina; and coaching and funding for startups that may also receive investments from its affiliate, SC Launch Inc.