Chad Hardaway is a Technology Commercialization Consultant with the South Carolina Small Business Development Centers and is also Associate Director of Innovation for the Faber Entrepreneurship Center at USC’s Darla Moore School of Business. In both capacities, Chad works with University Technology Startups and South Carolina Technology Companies to form partnerships, find capital, explore research opportunities, develop new markets, and ultimately move products into the hands of consumers. Specifically, Chad assists with technology startup creation, license generation and execution, intellectual property counseling, and early stage funding for startups.
Chad has five years of experience in navigating grant proposals and awards of the federal government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and its Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. In the past, Chad was a Process Engineer with Eastman Chemical Company and also an Associate Director of Licensing in the University of South Carolina Office of Technology Commercialization. These past positions and experiences provide a broad understanding of the early stage technology development cycle and how it can connect with existing corporate market and technology development.