Located in historic downtown Charleston, the Flagship is Charleston’s premier business incubator/co-working office environments. This facility is designed to facilitate the development of Charleston’s knowledge economy by offering early-stage companies high quality, adaptable and cost-efficient office space and conference facilities, while gaining access to the Charleston Digital Corridor’s network of like-minded professionals and resource partners.
Our foremost commitment to companies operating at the Flagship is to create a full-service, professional environment that allows the knowledge-based business owner to focus entirely on developing and growing his respective enterprise. The Flagship offers residents, mostly technology and life sciences companies, enterprise-class business services at rates that are cost-effective and terms that are completely flexible.
The Flagship houses the City of Charleston’s Business Development office which includes the nationally recognized Charleston Digital Corridor initiative, the CharlestonWORKS™ portal and the recently launched CODEcamp™ independent learning platofm. At the Flagship, resident companies have an added advantage of being introduced to top flight professionals, angel investors, venture capitalists and public leaders.
The Flagship is also home to a gallery for Charleston's up-and-coming contemporary artists. Artwork at the gallery is rotated every three months.
The Flagship is made possible by the City of Charleston and is managed by the Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation, a 501(c) 6 non-profit corporation.
Due to planned company graduations, there is always office availability. If you are interested in an office at the Flagship, please email us or call 843.724.3773.
+ Convenient Charleston peninsular location at East Bay & Calhoun Streets
+ Fully furnished & wired offices, designed for “instant-on” use by businesses
+ Reception area staffed during business hours
+ Address located within the federally designated HUB Zone
+ Participation in Charleston Digital Corridor events
+ Twenty-four-hour computerized access control
+ No long-term lease commitments
+ Two high quality conference rooms with A/V capabilities
+ Beverage station stocked with drinks and snacks
+ Inbound and outbound mail/package handling
+ Available on- and off-site parking
+ Twice weekly cleaning of offices and common areas
The pricing of professional offices spaces at the Flagship varies from $475-$775 per month depending on the size of the office. This pricing is inclusive of janitorial, high speed data services and utilities. Additional charges apply for the following services:
+ Phone services
+ Static IP addresses
+ On-site parking
If you are interested in an office at the Flagship, please email us or call 843.724.3773. All residents of the Flagship are required to carry a city of Charleston business license and liability insurance.
The Flagship is approximately 5,500 square feet and has 12 professional offices available for lease to growing knowledge-based companies. The resident mix of companies comprises software, technology and life sciences companies including the following:
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Cre843 (Creative + 843 area code) is a creative design firm that thrives around their motto: "We design cool things!". From brand development, advertising and websites, to packaging, printing, vinyl graphics and book covers, they do it all. More
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CDS Information Technologies assists with the development, implementation and management of both traditional relational database offerings and new cloud/open technologies. More
ISI Technology is commercializing their innovative solutions for electric liquid heaters that deliver best-in-class energy, water and space savings. More
Zift Solutions combines its expertise in marketing automation and channel partner management to provide an innovative Channel Marketing Automation solution to companies with indirect sales channels. More
Webflute is a web development and branding firm. Specializing in eCommerce solutions. More
Wink Creative Studio offers custom solutions in the areas of print, web and brand identity, as well as photography through their partner Karson Photography. They create visual and interactive concepts that are clean, consistent, and engaging to get you connected with your target market. More
Crunchy Data Solutions assists with the development, implementation and management of both traditional relational database offerings and new cloud/open technologies. More
IP Fortified develops software applications for real-time auditing of business and employment contracts, as well as solutions for virtual data room and technology escrow services. More
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Charleston's "world class" reputation is partially derived from her vibrant arts and cultural scene. At the Flagship, we leverage our co-working facility by extending the natural connection between the arts and business/technology community. The Flagship Gallery facilitates the development of Charleston's up and coming contemporary artists by providing them an additional outlet to display their work through the Flagship Gallery initiative.
Kristen Solecki translates small moments and stories into paintings and illustrations with strong, changeable line work. She works with a variety of clients creating paintings for gallery exhibits, spot illustrations for print, and private commissions.
She received her BFA in illustration from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. She now lives in Charleston, SC where she was featured in the City Paper as an artist to watch in the 2012 Fall Arts Issue. For more information about her work please visit her website.
Austin Grace Smith is an eighth generation Summervillian who resides in downtown Charleston, SC. She has pursued art since childhood and graduated from the College of Charleston with a B.A. in Studio Art. Dedicated to creating and selling her original artwork, she continues to enjoy the creative process. She has been featured at both solo and group art shows here in the Lowcountry, including Piccolo Spoleto 2012. Austin is inspired daily by nature’s beauty in the sea, sand and sky.
Tina Hirsig brings the traditional art practices of drawing and printmaking together with the assemblage of found objects. Her artwork contemplates the beauty that lies in the brief transition between the coming and going of life; both melancholy and joy. Originally from Wheaton, Illinois and spending ten years in Boston, the artist moved to Charleston, SC in 2003. With a strong background in arts education, Hirsig now teaches at both the College of Charleston and Trident Technical College. To learn more about the artist visit her website.
Kathryn Dale Barton is a South Carolina based artist who works out of Tivoli Studios, a contemporary art space on King Street. Her process begins by painting geometrical patterns on wood panels or canvas. Using color and composition, she captures the essence of her subject matter and paints them into the background in search of balance. By allowing instinct to guide her, she embraces the challenge of each layer, letting the work develop naturally. Not always easily, but naturally. To learn more on the artist visit her website.
Kirsten Moran grew up in a little brown house in North central Massachusetts. There, she became infused with an appreciation for all life and its fleeting nature. What shaped her aesthetically then, and continues to this day, is the origin of memory and the deep feeling of belonging: ancestrally and in the here and now. How these sensations resurface, manifests in her work through impressions that feel ancient. There is a dialogue present that extends beyond the corporeality of the body and enters the soul. Kirsten has a B.F.A in Painting and a B.A. in Cinema from Binghamton University. She is currently an M.F.A. Painting candidate at Savannah College of Art and Design. For additional information on the artist please visit her website and Facebook page.
Xin Lu received her BA from Vanderbilt University in studio arts and psychology. Her mixed media monoprints are inspired by her childhood memories and recent travels to her home country of China. Lu’s works are imbued with a sense of longing for a place to belong. She was the recipient of the prestigious Margaret Stonewall Wooldride Hamblet Award. Lu is represented by Cumberland Gallery in Nashville TN. She currently has a studio at Redux in Charleston SC. Read the artist's statement on her website.
Lisa Shimko hails from rural south central Pennsylvania. She holds a BFA in Painting from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Lisa now resides in Charleston, SC, and she also freelances as a graphic designer, research and educational writer.
Sarah Boyts Yoder is a mixed media painter living and working in Charleston, SC. Sarah uses materials ranging from pencil and house paint to pages from vintage coloring books to create her multilayered, mixed media paintings. A love for color, collage, design and typography drive the search for a balance between sophistication and simplicity, and cartoon-like expression and eloquent abstraction. A small artist reception will be held on September 8th. For more information on this event, please visit our calendar.
Deborah Sisco studied Fine Art at the College of Charleston. Her work has been displayed throughout Charleston, including the at the Piccolo Spoleto Juried Indoor Exhibit (2010), the North Charleston Arts Festival Group Exhibit and at the Charleston City Gallery Group Exhibit "Vanishing Landscapes" (2008). Sisco believes art is a compilation of our conscience and unconscious mind. It is what we experience in our everyday lives and what we dream of at night. It is how we touch reality and how we lose ourselves to our imaginations.
Hirona Matsuda has been showing her assemblages since graduating in 2007 with degrees in Anthropology and Art. Hirona primarily uses found or salvaged objects piecing together scenes that are often representational.
Nina's fascination with the worn and aged is present in her pieces. Oftentimes her photographs are stained with tea or coffee and then decorated with dried flowers or vintage lace.
Kristy Bishop spends her summers road tripping across the US. Kristy has returned to Charleston where she continues to find inspiration from local flora and fauna. She incorporates oil painting, using broad brush strokes and vibrant color, with sewing, embroidery, and fabric dye to create her artwork.
Sarah Frierson graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2008 with a BFA in Painting. Her paintings, combining oil and encaustic techniques, illustrate forgotten and recovered memories, and moments in time.
Kenton James' figurative oil paintings are emotional scenes conveying both calm and anxiety, stillness and fear. The paintings are best described as a type of 'visual noir,' a screenshot, a detail, of a much more elaborate scene, which engages the viewer to imagine and subjectively rewrite the surrounding narrative.
Born in Appleton, Wisconsin, raised on both coasts, and trained as a Biological Engineer (no kidding….), James currently lives and works downtown Charleston, South Carolina. Kenton’s paintings and sketches are regularly available at SCOOP Studios or at his website.
Johnny Tucker: registered Architect, voter, and operator of motor vehicles (not exceeding 26,000 lbs.); unregistered artist, bicyclist, book collector, film addict, Franco & Italophile, and food/wine lover/snob.
Helen Rice: I wake up, I drink coffee, I water the garden, I sit at the computer, I sit at the computer, I sit at the computer, I sit at the computer, I sit at the computer, I sit at the computer, I sit at the computer, I sit at the computer, I sit at the computer, I sit at the computer, I sit at the computer, I clean things, I eat food, I go to sleep.
Christopher creates bold and colorful abstract paintings that go beyond pure design to explore contemporary culture and the collective human experience. A recognized artist, Murphy participates in multiple art events and exhibitions both regionally and nationally.
Most recently, he had a solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Washington, DC. His dramatic abstracts enjoy strong reviews consistently. Murphy's art expresses the essence of subjects through this hidden visual language. And it is on this level, that the viewer responds so strongly.
Christopher Murphy’s works can be seen and purchased on a regular basis at SCOOP Studios at 57 ½ Broad Street. t: 843.577.3292
Why lease at the Flagship?
The Flagship is Charleston’s premier co-working office environment located in historic Charleston, South Carolina. It is intended to serve the transitional business needs of knowledge-based companies. It is flexible, full service and connected.
Flagship residents benefit from associating with other high quality start-ups, investors and entrepreneurs.
There are no long-term leases. The Flagship requires a one-month deposit and rental is on a month-to-month basis. Few if any other professional office space solutions provide this level of flexibility. This flexibility is very important for emerging technology companies, because most do not know what their needs are going to be 6 or 12 months into the future. Furthermore, our offering allows companies to make minimum cash outlays up front - no expenses to get phone installation, Internet access, furniture and no delay. You can decide to move in today, and get to work at the Flagship today.
What are the requirements for deposit and rental term?
One month deposit and rental is on a month-to-month basis payable by the 3rd day of every month.
Is there parking at the Flagship?
Yes. The Flagship offers on-site parking as well as parking at public parking garages within a short walk of the Flagship. Flagship guests have several parking options within close proximity to the property.
Are there restaurants/services/shops nearby?
For starters, there is a Starbucks (affectionately known as "Conference C") next door and it gets better from there – Saffron’s Bakery and Deli, Rising High Bakery, Ted's Butcherblock, Sushi Hiro and East Bay Deli, all within a couple of minutes from the Flagship. Then there is King Street –one of the most vibrant urban retail shopping districts in the country. More? - How about the main county library, a post office, card shop and grocery store a couple of minutes away?
How many people can we accommodate for a company?
We are currently serving companies with up to 3 people. Most of our clients are in the 1-2 person size range. The Flagship is designed as a transitional space with a maximum stay of 1 year. We work with companies to locate them to cool connected spaces that will suit their needs once they have grown past our space offerings.
When can I move in?
Assuming availability, Flagship staff can move extremely quickly to assist enterprises looking for a home. You can usually sign up today and be in your office working the same day if you like.
Can you request additional space or services as you grow and discover the need?
Yes. Our goal is attract, nurture and promote Charleston’s knowledge economy. To that end our objective is to make sure that the needs of our knowledge based client is met. We understand the dynamics of growing companies and the need to be absolutely flexible.
What if I have 2 people now, will have 3 by the end of the month and anticipate 5 more in the next two or three months?
The Flagship is ideal for growing companies up to a point. From the Flgship you can get an office at Flagship2 where the offices can accommodate 4-10 employees. If we are not able to accommodate you, we work within our network of real estate professionals to find you a business location to meet your needs.
Can non-Flagship residents rent event/training/meeting space?
While companies residing at the Flagship are our first priority, the Flagship conference facilities are available to other groups for a fee. If you are interested in hosting a meeting or special event at the Flagship, please contact Ernest Andrade at 843.724.3773
Is there a way to learn a little more about the Flagship?
Yes, You can visit our page on VIMEO dedicated to the Flagships.
Are there any rules about who can/cannot rent space at the Flagship?
The Flagship does not discriminate on the basis of race or color, creed, national origin, age, gender, physical limitations, or sexual orientation. We do, however, reserve the right to accept or deny prospective clients on any other, legally allowable, basis.
For more information on becoming a resident of the Flagship please contact Ernest Andrade at 843.724.3773 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Directions to the Flagship
From Airport/I-26/North Charleston – Take I-26 East towards Charleston. Stay in first two lanes. I-26 terminates into Meeting Street. Go right on Meeting Street, past 7 traffic lights.
At the 8th traffic light take a left onto Calhoun Street. Go past traffic light on Calhoun Street and take a left on Alexander Street. Turn first right into the shopping Center. You have arrived at the Flagship. Parking spots 5&6 are reserved for guests.
From Mount Pleasant – Take 17 South to Arthur Ravenel Bridge. Stay in the right lane. Take the East Bay Street exit. Take a left on East Bay Street. Go past 3 traffic lights. At the 4th light take a right onto Calhoun Street and immediate right onto Alexander Street. Turn right into the shopping center. You have arrived at the Flagship. Parking spots 5&6 are reserved for guests.
The objective of the Flagship is to facilitate the transitional needs of companies that are a part of Charleston's growing Knowledge Economy. While our graduates have moved on to larger, more permanent office facilities with room to grow, they are still a part of the Charleston Digital Corridor, the organization dedicated to attracting, nurturing and promoting their continued growth.
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