04/20/2020 Tech News

The Charleston Digital Corridor is pleased to announce the launch of an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) program. The EIR program is designed to increase the formation and success of technology companies in Charleston by providing entrepreneurs with access to guidance in key business areas by connecting them with a highly successful and experienced entrepreneur.

The EIR program kicks off with Benefitfocus co-founder and former Chief Executive Officer, Shawn Jenkins. His role will be to help tech-focused startups navigate the tricky parts of starting and scaling their business, from fundraising and hiring to staying on top of the latest industry trends/best practices, and to advise existing companies as they navigate unprecedented challenges.

The EIR program was initially scheduled to begin this summer but the COVID-19 crisis and accompanying businesses obstacles facing entrepreneurs and tech companies have spurred the Charleston Digital Corridor to launch earlier, initially as a virtual service.

“Shawn’s demonstrated tenacity and perseverance in taking Benefitfocus from start-up to IPO combined with his sense of giving back to the community make him the choice for our Entrepreneur in Residence role,” said Charleston Digital Corridor Director, Ernest Andrade.

“The Charleston Digital Corridor is a vital element in the exponential growth of software and tech companies in our region. It is a real honor to be a part of the creation of the new Entrepreneur in Residence program. I share the passion of so many who are building these great companies and look forward to being a part of their success,” said Shawn Jenkins.

Entrepreneurs and tech-focused business owners can reach out to Shawn Jenkins via email at [email protected] and read his blog at


About the Charleston Digital Corridor

The Charleston Digital Corridor is a community-sourced initiative to attract, nurture and promote the
region’s tech economy through an array of impactful programs, products and events while leveraging
Charleston’s renowned livability. To learn more, visit Charleston Digital Corridor.

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