SCRA announces new member company and grant funding

June 4, 2024

MyUI.AI and SMPL-C were accepted as South Carolina Research Authority Member Companies. MASDEV received new grant funding.

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

MASDEV, LLC dba Custom Donations, received a $50,000 Acceleration Grant. The Florence-based information technology company is providing a new cloud-based interface for online donations. Custom Donations can be embedded into any website, regardless of CMS type and the interface is designed for churches, nonprofits, etc., and allows for customized website branding.

MyUI.AI LLC has been accepted as an SCRA Member Company. The Simpsonville-based information technology startup enables people with disabilities to interact with customized, as opposed to default and potentially inaccessible, digital interfaces . Their cloud-based system leverages AI to adapt the digital interfaces of consumer appliances, kiosks, and nearly any compatible IoT device to the specific interaction needs of people with disabilities.

SMPL-C Corporation has been accepted as an SCRA Member Company. The Mount Pleasant-based information technology startup offers a simple and affordable SaaS platform solution for defense contractors to understand and follow Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)-mandated regulations, ensuring consistent compliance to maintain and grow their valuable DoD contracts. The platform combines advanced GenAI technology with tailored large language models specifically for CMMC, speeding up the process by 40%.

SCRA welcomes these new Member Companies and congratulates the one 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.