The Innovation Initiative

An Invitation

Calling any and all entrepreneurs, knowledge workers, designers, engineers, and creative & technical services individuals who want to be part of what’s going on here in Knowledge Park in the historic center of Rock Hill, SC.


Internships, job postings, collaboration & partnership ideas, and more.

Caught Up

Happenings, past events, successes, progress, and more.


Events, training, classes, hackathons, networking, social, and more.

Current Programs

The Knowledge Park Innovation Initiative is an effort underway currently by Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation, City of Rock Hill, Winthrop University, York Technical College, and a list of private sector partners as well. Current programs include:

The Hive

A Space for Learning


Technology Incubator

Fab Lab

A Creative Laboratory


A Speaker Series

The Connected Village

A Revitalizing Old Town

Knowledge Park is at the center of the Old Town of Rock Hill. It stretches from Winthrop University through the old textile corridor and spills into the historic main streets.

A New Culture and Economy

Knowledge Park is emergently bustling with tech, science, and service businesses creating a compelling culture of pizza, coffee, and craft beer.

Upcoming Events


Technology Incubator Lunch & Learn

12:00 pm — 1:00 pm
@ Technology Incubator
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Knowledge Park Entrepreneur Competition

Later on this month, The Technology Incubator at Knowledge Park will host its first entrepreneurial…

Arts Council of York County

For the past several months, the Arts Council of York County has been working with…

Woolworth Walkway in Rock Hill, SC

Rock Hill’s first major public art display is in the works and, over the next…

Winners of the Hackathon

Earlier this month, students from Winthrop University, York Technical College, and Rock Hill High School…

Knowledge Park Map

Late last week, the Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation met with city leaders and staff…

View of Rock Hill

At the core of every great city is amazing people. These are citizens who drive…

Woolworth Rock Hill

In early 2015, construction will begin on the historic Woolworth Building on East Main Street…

From the Inside

  • Katie StacksKatie Stacks

    Marketing, Family Trust Federal Credit Union

    "As a Rock Hill native who graduated from Winthrop, made my career at the credit union that was born from the Bleachery, (even has family members who worked there), to me Knowledge park is the most exciting thing to happen to Rock Hill. I can’t wait for Family Trust’s headquarters to open right across the street from where it all began. What a view it will be watching Knowledge Park develop and change this city over the next few years."
  • Brendan-Kuhlkin-800x450Brendan Kuhlkin

    Owner, Millstone Pizza and McHale's Irish Pub

    "There's energy here. I wouldn't be so invested in the place if I didn't feel it and see it every day."
  • RevenTeam__14Micah Troublefield

    Director of Multimedia, RevenFlo

    "I live and work in the Knowledge Park area, so I get to see first-hand every day how much downtown Rock Hill is thriving and growing. There is a great local art and music scene, businesses that are doing innovative and important things, and some great places to grab a beer or a coffee. I'm excited to watch the area continue to flourish, to eat the food at future restaurants, and to see what or who is attracted here next."
  • Justin Smith of Vinyet ArchitectureJustin Smith

    Principal, Vinyet Architecture

    "The development of Knowledge Park serves a much greater purpose than just a literal connection to downtown; it is bridging a generational gap by introducing new approaches to design and use of space on a historic site. The appeal of the visionaries' plan is something Rock Hill has been longing for and as a local, growing architecture firm we are excited about its opportunities."
  • Agie SundaramAgie Sundaram

    Co-founder, SPAN Enterprises & SecondBrick Ventures

    "Knowledge Park and I have a common goal: creating jobs in Rock Hill. Together, we'll keep skilled workers right here on Main Street."
  • Chiquita WalkerChiquita Walker

    E-Commerce Manager, Springs Creative

    "Knowledge park provides a little bit of everything. Great spot for lunch and happy hour gatherings after a long day’s work…and so conveniently located!"