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Episode 39 of the CDC Tech Life Podcast features Edwin Goutier, CEO of Charleston SC-based Technology Startup - Launchpath.

Episode 39 of the CDC Tech Life Podcast features Edwin Goutier, CEO of Charleston SC-based Technology Startup Launchpath. Edwin talks about how Launchpath is unlocking innovation for its corporate customers and why they are now shifting their focus to the Non-Profit Sector.

This episode is sponsored by Charleston County Economic Development Department. They're dedicated to recruiting new business, growing existing industry and improving Charleston's business climate.



Episode 38 of the CDC Tech Life Podcast features Shannon Caulk, co-founder and COO of Charleston SC-based Fintech Startup - Spendly

Episode 38 of the CDC Tech Life Podcast features Shannon Caulk, co-founder and COO of Charleston SC-based Fintech Startup Spendly. Shannon shares how her passion for UX sparked her pursuit of entrepreneurship and how Spendly is working with Payment and Insurance providers and making it easier and more affordable for small businesses to get the business services that they need.

This episode is sponsored by Charleston County Economic Development Department. They're dedicated to recruiting new business, growing existing industry and improving Charleston's business climate.


Portside Technology Expands Footprint at The Charleston Tech Center

Portside Technology is pleased to announce the expansion of their corporate headquarters office at the Charleston Tech Center to facilitate their robust growth. The self-funded company, launched in 2020, has grown into a team of over 40 seasoned technologists providing professional services and technology infrastructure solutions to small and mid-size businesses with a national and global footprint.

Portside Technology mentioned Charleston's livability, air service, availability of technical talent, and robust support for local tech companies as key factors in their decision to expand their footprint in the region.

"Our ability to expand within the Charleston Tech Center while remaining in close proximity to the Charleston Digital Corridor is ideal for our fast-growing company", said Portside Technology Founder & CEO, Zach McNamara.

The Charleston Tech Center, a new Class A tech-focused office building was designed and developed to accommodate the business dynamics of higher-wage tech companies in Charleston by ensuring the seamless transition from a solo entrepreneur to as many as 100 employees at the building.

"We are pleased to support the expansion of Portside Technology at the Charleston Tech Center," said Managing Partner, John Hand. "Their expansion, like other tech companies that have expanded at the building, once again validates our win-win business model," he added.

"We are excited to witness the explosive growth of our member and resident, Portside Technology, at the Charleston Tech Center and honored to facilitate their expansion within the building," said Charleston Digital Corridor Director, Ernest Andrade.

Dr. Tyler Horan Joins Topline as Founding CTO Following Pre-Seed Funding Round

Topline, the creator of the world's largest public professional index with over 700 million professionals indexed worldwide, is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Tyler Horan as its Founding Chief Technology Officer (CTO). This announcement comes in the wake of Topline closing it's pre-seed investment round, with participation from leading venture firms including Bain Capital Ventures, Flex Capital, Sweet Spot Capital, and Mission8 Ventures.

A distinguished leader in the field of Computational Social Science and Machine Learning, Dr. Horan's extensive research has delved deep into social networks, online communities, and online marketplaces, making him an unparalleled asset to the Topline team. His tenure as a technical leader at Handshake and Bright Software, combined with a Ph.D. in Sociology from the New School for Social Research, has equipped him with a unique perspective on data analytics, social dynamics and machine learning.

The pre-seed investment round, which saw participation from industry-leading firms such as Bain Capital Ventures, Sweet Spot Capital, Flex Capital, and Mission8 Ventures, along with numerous angel investors, underscores the market's anticipation for Topline's innovative solutions. This funding is a testament to Topline's commitment to revolutionizing how professionals can flourish in the era of work ahead.

In the near future, Topline is set to launch the Topline Index, a groundbreaking tool anticipated to transform the landscape of work by providing unparalleled insights into professional trends and behaviors. Additionally, the expansion of the Topline Operating System [Topline OS ][1]promises to equip businesses with the tools necessary for navigating the complexities of the modern professional environment.

"Alex Skatell, CEO of Topline, commented, "With Tyler leading our technological vision, Topline is poised to unlock new opportunities to help the best professionals win. His deep expertise in machine learning, people data, and digital communities aligns perfectly with our mission to provide deep, actionable insights into the professional world."

Dr. Horan expressed his excitement about the role, stating, "Joining Topline offers a unique opportunity to apply my research in a way that directly impacts the global professional landscape. I am excited to lead the development of tech that not only increases small business' bottom line but also nurture a deeper understanding of professional networks and communities."

About Topline:

We believe in a world where every skilled professional has the opportunity to thrive independently. With over 70 million people in the United States already providing independent services, and billions of work opportunities becoming available to talent worldwide we're at the forefront of a booming market that's redefining the workforce.

Our mission is simple: We're building a future where the best professionals win. We do that in 3 ways: Remove the friction of hiring professionals. Provide tools to help the best professionals stand out. Offer trusted information on service providers and firms.

We're not just talking about a platform; we're building the world's largest public index of professionals, with over 700 Million Global Professionals and growing along with Topline OS tools to level the playing field for independent providers and growing firms

[1]: https://topline.com/os-operating-system/)

eGroup Enabling Technologies Launches Advanced Data, AI, Apps, and Automation Services to Propel Digital Transformation

eGroup Enabling Technologies, a leading provider of innovative IT solutions and an award-winning Managed Services Provider, announces the launch of their new suite of Data, AI, Apps, and Automation Services. This comprehensive portfolio of offerings has been thoughtfully designed to empower organizations with the tools and technologies required to accelerate their digital transformation journey and achieve unparalleled efficiency and agility.

Today's business solutions rely on applications that combine trustworthy and ethical AI with robust data infrastructure. As a result, organizations are seeking ways to harness the power of data, AI, modern applications, and automation to drive business outcomes and gain a competitive edge. eGroup Enabling Technologies' new services address these needs by delivering advanced solutions tailored to meet organizations where they are within their data and AI initiatives, while also meeting the demands of modern enterprises.

"Our goal is to empower organizations by harnessing the power of modern resources and strategic insights to revolutionize business practices and ignite innovation. With our newly launched Data, AI, Apps, and Automation Services, we equip businesses with the essential tools and expert guidance to unleash their data's full potential, leverage AI-driven insights, modernize applications, and streamline repetitive tasks. Together, we drive efficiency, success, and transformation." -Christine Esterling, Vice President of Solutions & Success

Their "EASY" Methodology offers a comprehensive approach to navigating today's technology landscape:

Education In-A-Day Sessions: Streamline operations and drive innovation through interactive sessions, diving into specific technologies like Generative AI, Dashboard Insights, Power Apps, or Fabric.

Action Accelerator Workshops: Dedicated specialists will guide you through focused discovery, alignment, and prioritization sessions to help you develop actionable plans to address your business challenges.

Solution Design Sprints: Experts help you craft a detailed solution design incorporating people, processes, and technology, resulting in actionable implementation plans.

Yielding Results Through Implementations: Transform your designs into reality by building and deploying a solution to drive efficiency and innovation.

**Key components of their Data, AI, Apps, and Automation Services include: **

Data Management and Analytics: Unlock valuable insights from your data and make informed decisions with advanced data management and analytics solutions.

Artificial Intelligence: Leverage the power of AI to drive innovation, enhance customer experiences, and optimize business processes.

Modern Applications: Transform your applications with modern development frameworks and architectures to meet the demands of the modern digital age.

Automation: Streamline repetitive tasks, increase operational efficiency, and free up resources for strategic initiatives with intelligent automation solutions.

eGroup Enabling Technologies' team of experts brings extensive experience in delivering successful and secure digital transformation outcomes to clients across the nation. By partnering with eGroup Enabling Technologies, organizations can accelerate their journey to digital excellence and achieve their business objectives with speed and certainty. Learn more: 

HabitNu Awarded $14M in CDC Funding to Fight America's Diabetes Epidemic

HabitNu, the health and wellness company that connects community-based Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) providers with those in need of services, was awarded a $14M, five-year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The objective of this award is to reduce the prevalence of type 2 diabetes and advance health equity in priority communities. Under this agreement, HabitNu will implement a nationwide administrative network that facilitates end-to-end connectivity by integrating referral organizations, DPP providers, SDOH (Social Determinants of Health) networks, and payers into a seamless collaborative for the delivery of DPP.

One of the goals of this initiative is to recruit at least 50% of participants from priority populations at risk for type 2 diabetes, with a focus on adults 18 years of age or older, those 65 years and older, African American/Blacks, Hispanic/Latinos, and those from urban and rural high-risk populations. Under this award, HabitNu will offer material and financial support to select organizations that can help grow DPP in their communities for capacity building and infrastructure development focusing on the priority populations.

While HabitNu is used by some of the largest health systems in the country, dozens of community-based organizations, health plans, pharmacies, and state and county health agencies that serve populations hardest hit by diabetes also benefit from HabitNu. With a proven track record for building strong, sustainable DPP networks in multiple states, HabitNu will leverage its existing technology platform which includes bi-directional Electronic Health Records (EHR) and SDOH platform integration, a participant engagement app, a coach portal, a billing and claims module, and robust analytics to support network stakeholders.

Who will benefit?

Type 2 diabetes affects marginalized communities disproportionately and one out of three Americans is at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. To address the SDOH needs of priority populations and expand participant recruitment, HabitNu will collaborate with community-based organizations and SDOH platforms that have existing networks of health and social service providers and care navigators.

According to Dr. Sindhu Rajan, HabitNu's CEO, "HabitNu's vision is to bring long-term financial sustainability to DPP delivery by deploying integrated networks across each state. The goal of this award is to promote broader payer coverage and improve DPP delivery by connecting DPP providers with referral organizations and payers to drive financial sustainability."

Episode 37 of the CDC Tech Life Podcast Features Paul Turner - CEO and Founder, Virtual America

Episode 37 of the CDC Tech Life Podcast features Paul Turner, CEO and Founder of Charleston SC Tech Startup, Virtual America. Paul shares his journey spanning academia, multiple tech startups, and the early days of the internet and also discusses how Virtual America is working to create a Digital Twin of Charleston.

This episode is sponsored by Portside Technology. Portside Technology makes work work! They are a team of seasoned IT experts and whether it's a one-time project or ongoing implementation and management, they provide companies with unified, resilient and cost-effective technology solutions. Visit them to learn more at PortsideTechnology.com.

The episode is also sponsored by the i5K. The i5K race is a favorite weekday evening run and networking event for Charleston's tech professionals. This year's event is scheduled for April 18th at 6:30pm here at the Charleston Tech Center. Learn more and get your ticket at iFiveK.com.


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Charleston Digital Corridor Awarded Grants for CDC Learning Center

The Charleston Digital Corridor is pleased to announce the organization has been awarded two grants of $25,000 each towards the development and promotion of the CDC Learning Center. The grants are from the SC Department of Commerce 2024 Relentless Challenge Grant and Comcast NBC Universal.

The Relentless Challenge is a South Carolina statewide competitive grant program for projects that foster a sustainable innovation ecosystem. Talent development is one of the four criteria that guides the grant program.

The Comcast NBC Universal Grant allows the CDC Learning Center to develop and offer digital skills for an underserved audience that can lead to improved economic mobility. Classes to be offered by the center will include basic digital literacy, generating career interest and skills needed to stay relevant in a changing marketplace.

"These two grants build upon the foundational grant received from Google that enabled the CDC Learning Center to become a reality," said Charleston Digital Corridor Director, Ernest Andrade.

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