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Big Ideas Start Here

As Charleston’s “Discovery District,” WestEdge is designed to be a hub for groundbreaking research, collaboration, and innovation – providing fertile ground and abundant opportunities for business, talent recruitment, investment, and jobs. Imagine what it could do for you.

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Launching Pad for Success


Universities challenge the status quo, inspire invention, and transform the communities they’re part of. WestEdge’s partnership with the Medical University of South Carolina creates the ideal environment for collaboration and innovation to thrive, attracting and retaining the best healthcare and research talent – and enriching every part of the community. We call it a Discovery District.

Surrounded by the Medical University of South Carolina, Roper St. Francis Healthcare, the College of Charleston, and The Citadel, WestEdge is infused with the intelligence, creativity, and drive inherent in university settings – with an energy entirely its own.

With state of the art lab space, incubator and accelerator space, general office space, 575 new living spaces, Publix Super Market, restaurants and retail shops, as well as additional hotel options for clients, patients, and partners alike, WestEdge invites more than living, working, and dining, it makes accessibility, connection, and innovation possible.

Do Business Here

Companies, entrepreneurs, and organizations of all kinds – from small start-ups to large multinational organizations – have the exclusive opportunity to lease space in 22 WestEdge, a 152,000+ square foot, LEED-certified office building with river views and street level space for cafes, restaurants, and shopping. 22 WestEdge is the ideal environment and perfectly positioned to attract investors and grow your business.

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The Charleston Medical District


The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is a national leader in medical education, biomedical science and medical research, attracting the world’s best teaching physicians, researchers and scientists.

To expand its role in medical research and healthcare discoveries, MUSC is aligning their research programs with private industry innovation, grants, technology development, clinical trials, and commercialization.

MUSC Partners:

A Natural Landscape


WestEdge provides the vital connection and natural landscape for MUSC’s future growth: by doubling its acreage and adding accessible research and office space within walking distance of the main campus – and creating opportunities for new partnerships.

In such a rich, collaborative environment, businesses, entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, students, and residents alike are inspired to connect more, engage more, and create more.

Charleston’s Growing
Knowledge Economy


Charleston is home to more than 200 tech companies. From 2000 to 2012 Charleston's millennial population grew 58 percent – faster than Nashville, Denver, and Houston.

Venture capitalists have taken notice. In fact, the Brookings Institution ranked Charleston #12 in the nation for venture capital "first fundings" by population and deal concentration in 2015.

Based on similar outcomes when looking at Discovery Districts across the country, WestEdge will entice companies to move their business to Charleston, nurture new start-ups, create new jobs, and help improve rankings for academic institutions and the city of Charleston.

  • #2

    #2 Fastest-Growing Mid-Size Metro for Computer Software engineers
    - Avalanche Consulting 2011


  • #7

    #7 City for “Where the Jobs will be in 2015”
    - Forbes


  • #12

    #12 in the Nation for Venture Capital "First Fundings" by Population & Deal Concentration
    - Brookings Institution 2015


  • #4

    #4 Highest Concentration of Biotech Research (Among Mid-Sized U.S. Metros)
    - Avalanche Consulting 2015


The Success of Discovery Districts



Innovation / Discovery Districts are emerging in dozens of cities and metropolitan areas in the US and abroad – Barcelona, Berlin, London, Atlanta, Baltimore, and Boston to name just a few.

With WestEdge, Charleston takes it place among the world’s great cities, not just for its beauty and history, but for its commitment to nurturing innovation and collaboration among its citizens and the businesses that call it home.

Gateway Development, Inc. leads WestEdge's development and has proven the impact of successful Discovery District-style communities in and around university campuses, including the acclaimed Tech Square in Atlanta, Georgia.