GRIT is Savannah's two-day innovation conference for entrepreneurs, techies, and creatives.

February 29 - March 1, 2024 at the Savannah Civic Center


Featured News

National Grid Partners and Joules Accelerator Announce Climate Startup Showcase

By Brianna Bella | February 20, 2024

Read all of our latest news stories HERE.  National Grid Partners and Joules Accelerator are partnering on March 12th to host leading climate startups to kick off EPRI Electrification Week!…

Creative Coast is Seeking an Executive Director

By The Creative Coast | February 15, 2024

The Creative Coast connects, supports, and develops creative and technology entrepreneurs to positively impact our community’s economy. Propelled by The Creative Coast, our community will be transformed into a vibrant…

Creative Coast Announces Finalists for GRIT Conference’s Startup Stage Pitch Competition

By The Creative Coast | February 15, 2024

The Creative Coast has announced the Startup Stage finalists that will pitch their companies at GRIT, Savannah’s two-day innovation conference. Startup Stage, which is presented by the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), is a business pitch competition during which finalists present their endeavors to a panel of judges and a live audience for a chance at $10,000 in cash and prizes. The competition is scheduled to take place on Thursday, February 29th, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Savannah Civic Center.

Creative Coast Announces Executive Director Jennifer Bonnett’s Departure / Search for New Executive Director

By The Creative Coast | February 12, 2024

As we embrace 2024, we are excited about what lies ahead for our community and The Creative Coast, including our GRIT Conference later this month. With a new year comes new changes, and in that spirit, we wish to keep you, our members and supporters, in the loop.

Beaufort Digital Corridor Announces Third Annual Techstars_ Startup Weekend

By The Creative Coast | February 12, 2024

The Beaufort Digital Corridor has announced the 3rd Annual Techstars_ Startup Weekend in Beaufort, SC! You won’t want to miss this innovation-filled, fast-paced pitch competition on March 22nd–24th.

NASE Growth Grants Offer Up to $4,000 for Businesses

By Abbegayle Stallons | February 12, 2024

National Association for the Self-Employed, or NASE, has been assisting entrepreneurs and small businesses in growth, education and developmental tools since 1981. NASE is able to provide a variety of grants to its members as a result of their hard work and the devotion of their partners, such as Dell Small Business, UPS, Turbo Tax, LegalZoom, and many others.

Online Learning

Automate the Customer Journey

At every turn, business owners, managers, and entrepreneurs hear terms like “automation” and “digital marketing” but precious few have any idea of the incredible value automation holds for even the…

Leveraging Generative AI to Boost Revenue

What exactly is Generative AI? How is it most helpful for startups and businesses? What AI tools are available to streamline processes and make companies more profitable? 

Murem Sharpe addresses all of these questions and more during this special recording of “Leveraging Generative AI to Boost Revenue for Your Products and Services.” Learn why and how Generative AI can help companies be more efficient and bring in more revenue. 

Building the Future Workforce with Ambria Berksteiner

In today’s rapidly evolving world, preparing the future workforce is more important than ever. One key to this preparation is promoting STEAM education – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics – particularly among middle school-aged students. In this blog post, we explore how organizations like The Creative Coast and dedicated individuals like Ambria Berksteiner are working to bridge the gap and inspire the next generation of innovators.

GRIT Attendees


The Creative Coast runs meaningful programs that provide education and connectivity. These programs include Lunchtime TopicsEntrepreneur’s Night, She Hustles, and the Idea Accelerator Bootcamp. We also partner with a number of local organizations to provide both youth and adult programming.

Job Board


Find the latest job vacancies in the greatest innovation companies hiring in the coastal region via our Job Board.

If you are a company, you can post job vacancies on our Job Board. Submit your vacancies using our form and it will be published on our website. Postings are FREE to members of the Creative Coast.

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About us

The Creative Coast educates and connects the entrepreneurs, creatives, and techies within the innovation economy of the Savannah Region.