POSTPONED: IPF FREE CPE Opportunity (March 19, 2020)

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Thurs, March 19, 2020
4 to 5 pm
Followed by refreshments


100 Calhoun Street
Suite 300
Charleston, SC 29401



Limited seating available on first-come, first-served basis

The Innovation Economy in 2020:
Opportunities and Challenges

Available credits: CPE (1 hour)

Event description:
Subject matter experts will discuss the status of South Carolina innovation economy in 2020 from three perspectives: (1) The Executive Director of an entity that invests in tech start-ups; (2) Advisors to both start-ups and investors; and (3)The CEO of a start-up tech company. The Executive Director of an entity that provides funding to such enterprises will discuss key insights on the impact of these investments and the primary source of its funding capacity. A senior manager of a prominent accounting firm in South Carolina will cover accounting issues pertinent to innovation start-ups, followed by a panel discussion involving the two speakers together with the partner of a well-respected law firm and the CEO of a start-up tech firm based in Charleston.

Learning objectives:

  1. Understanding of the current state of the innovation economy in the Low Country
  2. Recognition of the vital role advisors play in assisting entrepreneurs in the innovation economy
  3. Appreciation for accounting issues faced by tech start-ups
  4. Awareness of opportunities in South Carolina to fuel the innovation economy



  • Opening: John Sircy, Director of Finance and Administration, South Carolina Research Authority
  • Innovation Economy Impact: Bob Quinn, Executive Director, South Carolina Research Authority (15 minutes)
  • Accounting Issues for Start-Ups: Brandon Thomas, CPA, Elliott Davis (15 minutes)
  • Panel Discussion: Innovation Economy Opportunities & Challenges (30 minutes)
    — Joe Hanna, CEO, ENGAGE Talent
    — Brandon Thomas, CPA, Elliott Davis
    — Bob Quinn, Executive Director, South Carolina Research Authority
    — Jim Buxton, Partner, Buxton & Collie

Content Outlines:

Innovation Economy Impact, Bob Quinn

  • Role of SCRA
  • Industry Partnership Fund (IPF)
  • Key Metrics on SCRA’s Economic Impact on SC
  • Success Story
  • Benefits of Contributing to the IPF

Accounting Issues for Start-Ups, Brandon Thomas

  • Cash Flow Planning
  • Data Accuracy
  • Raising Capital
  • Payroll Processing/Compliance
  • Tax compliance

Panel Discussion, All speakers

  • Lessons learned
  • State of the innovation eco-system in the Low Country
  • Best practices – legal, accounting
  • Start-up CEO experiences