Article corrected at 3:39 p.m. Dec. 2, 2016.
Columbia-based tech startup Tradeversity has received a $100,000 investment from the SCRA’s SC Launch program. The University of South Carolina-born platform is an online marketplace for college students that allows them to buy, rent and sell products and services exclusively within their local community.
The company was founded in 2014 by brothers Evan and Mike Meyers when they were students at USC. Their intent, the trio said in a 2015 interview with the Columbia Regional Business Report, was to create an online platform for students that provided security, simplicity and efficiency in selling and rent books and study materials.
The app’s first version rolled out at USC, Clemson University, North Carolina State University, Virginia Tech and James Madison University. Its current campus base totals 20 universities and accounts created at more than 200 schools across the country.
Tradeversity is a graduate of the firedUP business boot camp, an intense six-month program designed to propel promising startups into the market. The program is a public/private venture with USC’s Economic Engagement Office, USC/Columbia Technology Incubator and AccelerateSC.
The SC Launch program is SCRA’s entrepreneurial platform that provides mentoring, grants and investments to qualified South Carolina companies in the Advanced Materials/Manufacturing, Information Technology and/or Life Sciences industries.