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SCRA Webinar: Lowcountry Innovation Ecosystem Series with Stanfield Gray & Grady Johnson
September 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join SCRA as we interview Stanfield Gray, Founder & CEO of DIG SOUTH, and Grady Johnson, Executive Director of the Harbor Entrepreneur Center. We will discuss their innovation experience, the current state of Charleston’s Innovation Ecosystem, and their future vision.
Innovation is a driver of productivity, competitive advantage, and enterprise value. But it does not happen in a vacuum. Innovation requires connections, just as entrepreneurship does, among key stakeholders—entrepreneurs, universities, risk capital providers, government, and large corporations. These connections are increasingly taking place in “innovation ecosystems” and through programs such as accelerators, hackathons, prize competitions, and co-working spaces in which stakeholders and communities contribute and share resources.
Stanfield Gray is the founder and CEO of DIG SOUTH Tech Media, DIG SOUTH Tech Summit, DIG NATION member community and South Pod: Rise of a Region. A Liberty Fellow in the Aspen Global Leadership Network, Gray was recently named one of Time magazine’s “31 People Changing the South.” A featured speaker at the Collision Conference Global Ecosystem Summit in New Orleans, the Southern C Summit, and numerous engagements in the South, Gray is a graduate of University of South Carolina Honors College and University of Mississippi Southern Studies MA Program.
Grady Johnson is the executive director of the Harbor Entrepreneur Center. Prior to joining the staff of the Harbor Entrepreneur Center, Johnson served as group publisher of SC Biz News. Johnson is one of the founding partners of the Charleston Regional Business Journal and oversaw the creation of the SC Biz News brand and statewide expansion to include multiple titles and brands serving the business news niche in the Carolinas.
Johnson is a lifelong resident of the Charleston region, and prior to starting the Business Journal, he owned and operated numerous small businesses including Island Images Surf Shop in Mount Pleasant.
Johnson is a graduate of Clemson University and is past president of the Alliance of Area Business Publications, the international trade organization serving business publications, as well as a past board member of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, SustainSC and the Palmetto Conservation Foundation, the builders of the Palmetto Trail.