Certificate Programs


Ag Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate Program
Center for Teaching and Learning

The focus of the program is to provide each student with the opportunity to develop entrepreneurship and innovation skills through problem solving, creativity, working with a team and practicing effective strategies to turn ideas into action.
Through courses and experiential activities, students will learn how to put their creativity to work in the development of products, technologies and services that create value.

As a participant in SC State’s Ag Innovation Certificate program, students will:

  • Learn how to identify, evaluate and develop new venture opportunities
  • Develop viable business models through market research and financial analyses
  • Acquire the business literacy and professional skills to become successful innovators and entrepreneurs in the food and fiber sector.

The program is administered through the Center for Teaching and Learning and supported by the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub in the School of Business, which is governed by an advisory committee consisting of faculty and successful entrepreneurs and professionals.

The Ag Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate is a 12-weeks program consisting of 6 courses and a business plan lab.


The Ag Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program through the Center for Teaching and Learning is a non-degree program that is open to participants with a high school diploma and an interest in entrepreneurship. Students must complete all courses to receive the certificate.


  • Cost per course: $600
  • Cost for certificate: $3,600
  • There are a limited number of scholarships available. Please contact the School of Business for more information.

Course Schedule

Each course will be taught over a two-week period, two days per week for a total of 12 hrs. For information regarding time and location of courses, call the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub at (803) 536-7096 or (803) 536-8980.

Dates to Be Announced Innovation and Creativity
Dates to Be Announced Agribusiness Enterprise Development
Dates to Be Announced Agribusiness Marketing and Price Analysis
Dates to Be Announced New Venture, Finance and Management
Dates to Be Announced New Product Development
Dates to Be Announced E-Commerce
Dates to Be Announced Start-up Business Plan Lab (the lab is connected to each of the courses)
There is no separate registration fee for this component.


Barbara L. Adams, Ph.D., CPA, Professor of Accounting
Adams has more than 35 yrs. experience in academia in the area of accounting, as well as professional experience in public accounting as an expert witness and as a consultant to various small businesses, non-profits, and governmental agencies. She is currently the Principal Investigator of an Innovation and Entrepreneurship grant funded by the U. S. Department of Agriculture.

Renu Singh, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Marketing
Singh’s expertise is in the area of marketing, and has been at the University since 2005. She is the Principal Investigator of a digital marketing grant and the Co-PI on the Innovation and Entrepreneurship grant.

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Zachary Thomas, MBA, Program Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub
Thomas develops and manage activities in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub which include workshops, entrepreneurship competitions and the incubator program.