Four Companies Receive SCRA Grants, Major Potential Technology Firms

Staff Report From South Carolina CEO

Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) announces four SCRA Client Companies have recently been awarded investments for a combined total of $150,000.  

Tide Stop, LLC, based in Johns Island, received a $25,000 grant from SCRA’s Academic Startup Assistance Program (ASAP). ASAP grants are available to for-profit companies sponsored by an academic institution. TideStop is sponsored by Clemson University to develop and manufacture a patented storm water check valve. Stormwater check valves  prevent tide waters from flowing back into storm water infrastructure and flooding roadways. TideStop’s design provides a lighter product for easier installation. The addition of Clemson technology will inhibit barnacle growth for lower maintenance costs and extended lifespans of the valve.

Three other companies have received SCRA’s Acceleration Grants. These grants are competitively awarded to South Carolina-based, for-profit companies to progress the company towards commercialization and better position the company for an SC Launch, Inc., investment.

yoJanus, Inc., is a user-generated database of tenant experiences. The company strives to improve the rental experience by allowing tenants to learn from peers before committing their time, money and quality of life to a lease agreement. For landlords and property managers, yoJanus provides invaluable third-party feedback from the network of former, current and future renters. The Charleston-based company received a $25,000 grant.

GoBeep, Inc., helps consumers share and revoke personal data with businesses. Inversely, businesses develop a relationship with their customers with a software platform that connects customers with their favorite businesses for richer experiences. GoBeep gives customers the freedom to decide what information businesses can know and use, creating a clearer vision of what makes trustworthy business. The Greenville company received a $50,000 grant.

UA Sidekick, LLC, is a Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC)-connected app that is also integrated with the FAA Flight Service system. The development of this app was centered around the Safe Sky’s initiative promoted by the FAA. The company’s goal is to bring all members of the flying community onto a common flight awareness platform, including both manned and unmanned operations together with all support personnel. Based in Greenville, the company received a $50,000 grant.