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SCRA gives grant funds to 4 companies

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State-chartered nonprofit SCRA has awarded a total of $150,000 in grant funding to four of its client companies.

Tide Stop LLC, based on Johns Island, received a $25,000 grant from SCRA’s Academic Startup Assistance Program, which provides grants to for-profit companies sponsored by an academic institution. Tide Stop is sponsored by Clemson University.

The company develops and manufactures a patented stormwater check valve, which prevents tidewaters from flowing back into stormwater infrastructure and flooding roadways. Tide Stop’s product is meant to be lighter and easier to install, and the addition of technology from Clemson inhibits barnacle growth to lower maintenance costs and extend the lifespan of the valves.

The three other grants came from SCRA’s Acceleration Grants, which are competitively awarded to S.C.-based for-profit companies.

YoJanus Inc., based in Charleston, is a user-generated database of tenant experience, which the company hopes will improve rentals by allowing tenants to get more information before committing to a lease. Landlords and property managers can also use yoJanus to get feedback from former and current renters. The company received a $25,000 grant.

GoBeep Inc., based in Greenville, helps consumers share and revoke personal data from businesses, allowing customers to decide what information businesses can know and use. GoBeep received a $50,000 grant.

UA Sidekick LLC, based in Greenville, is a Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability-connected app that is integrated with the Federal Aviation Authority’s Flight Service system. UA Sidekick received a $50,000 grant.

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