The Don Ryan Center for Innovation (DRCI) is committed to creating a vibrant business climate via proactive economic development with an emphasis on entrepreneurism and sustainable growth. DRCI members are a community of professionals, entrepreneurs, students and business and community leaders taking an active role in growth opportunities and community enhancement. Through market and member-driven content and unique engagement opportunities, the DRCI community is leading the way towards a prosperous economic future and enhanced quality of life for our region. Memberships offer the chance to become a part of the DRCI community in addition to receiving valuable benefits.


At its core, DRCI is an organization that empowers innovators to bring their ideas to reality. Students at various stages in their educational journey bring invaluable creativity and promise to the DRCI community. Therefore, student memberships are always 100% complimentary through graduation from high school and undergraduate institutions. This is possible through the support of members, community partners and investors.

Student Members:

  • Receive timely & valuable eCommunication
  • Are notified in advance about events, programs and learning opportunities and encouraged to offer content suggestions
  • Gain access to DRCI member-only digital forums (currently being curated based on community feedback)
  • Receive complimentary registration for all series/ongoing events and are encouraged to participate in annual/signature events at discounted pricing

Individuals, entrepreneurs, community advocates, professionals and those seeking to advance their goals while connecting with others.

Individual members receive all benefits of Student Members in addition to the following:

  • Are invited to submit content for various eCommunication and social platforms*
  • Will have priority access to HUB space with member discounts TBD
  • Are eligible for discounted pricing on select business services toolkit as it is created (toolkit currently being created based on partner and market feedback)

Partner members are businesses, individuals, organizations and groups with a similar vision for the future of our community and who understand the value of staying ahead in the growing and changing market. These members understand the value of engaging with and learning from innovators and like-minded peers. Partner Members receive all benefits of Individual Members in addition to the following:

  • Complimentary registration for series events for up to 7 people and are encouraged to participate in annual/signature events at discounted pricing
  • Featured in at least one member spotlight story within one year of joining in eCommunication as well as a DRCI social platform
  • Invited to present at DRCI events*
  • Featured listing with logo, link and brief description on the DRCI website*
  • Enhanced listing for Lowcountry Works talent portal
  • Priority in future sponsorship and partnership opportunities
  • Access to complimentary select business services toolkit and the ability to provide content (toolkit currently being created based on partner and market feedback)

Visionary members are leading businesses, groups, individual entrepreneurs, program alumni or other community organizations that place heavy importance on supporting key initiatives that provide long term impact in our growing and developing community. These partners allow DRCI to invest in proactive economic development and innovation-driven services and programs that better our community, and ultimately enhance the quality of life for all. If you are interested in alligning with DRCI as a Visionary partner, please contact Trent Williamson or Dorothy Guscio at 843.540.0405 to schedule an appointment.

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